The Michigan Humane Society says it's changing the way it takes in animals in an effort to increase adoptions and decrease use of euthanasia.
On Monday, the society group announced the new policies that will take effect on Jan 1st.
After Jan. people will have to make appointments by phone before bringing in unwanted animals.
MHS says appointments can be made over the by phone by the pet owner to ensures each animal receives prompt attention and a full evaluation.
The group says animal welfare organizations across the state are doing the best they can with limited resources.
The group says it deals with 100,000 or more animals each year at its shelters in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Woodhaven.
It has faced criticism for what some critics have said are high rates of euthanasia.
"We all want a Michigan where as many animal lives are being saved as possible,” said MHS President and CEO Cal Morgan. "To do that, we need the community’s help now more than ever.”
The group says staff will talk with pet owners about why the animals are being surrendered and other options for them.
It says pet owners will get a preliminary evaluation of the animals' adoptability during the appointment.
"Because of this change, animals will spend even less time in our shelters hoping that somebody will come and adopt them," Morgan said. "Nobody does more for animals in Michigan than the Michigan Humane Society, and our goal is to find a home for every healthy and treatable animal in our care. These enhancements will help us reach that goal much faster."
For more information, on the policy change call 1-866-MHUMANE.