Who We Are

Yellow Cat Room
Cage Free Cat Room
Cage Free Cat Room
Real Life Room
Dog Play Park
Relaxation Room
Featherstone Entrance
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The Michigan Animal Rescue League (MARL) is one of southeast Michigan’s most established animal shelters, serving the community since 1953. Our history and experience combined with constant evaluation of trends in animal welfare and sheltering have made us a necessary and respected asset within our community. As, “A Different Breed of Shelter” we challenge the stereotypes of traditional animal shelters and believe that the, “Quality of the Wait,” can make all the difference in the future of an animal.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Michigan Animal Rescue League is to provide the highest quality of life to dogs and cats through rescue, medical care, socialization and behavioral support, short- and long-term sanctuary, adoption, and community education and outreach.

Get to Know Us!

What Makes MARL "A Different Breed of Shelter"?


Meet our Leadership




Financial Reports




MARL is located on the corner of Featherstone and MLK Jr. in Pontiac, Michigan.

Mailing Address & Community Services: 790 Featherstone, Pontiac, MI 48342

Main Entrance & Adoption Center Parking Lot: 325 MLK Jr. Blvd N., Pontiac, MI 48342

info@marl.org | (248) 335-9290 | Our office hours are 12-5 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

MARL is a proud recipient of the Guidestar Gold Transparency Award.



Meet Belle

Belle arrived at MARL today in the most deplorable condition imaginable after she was found alone, lying lifelessly in a nearby park. She is severely dehydrated and emaciated, suffering from painful eye ulcers, has severe anemia, and... Read More