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Promoting nutrition, alternative healthcare, networking, and transport to give animals every chance at a better life. We believe that all animals regardless of condition and circumstances, deserve a right to a full and good life, and our goal is to build a sanctuary for those animals that require a lifetime of care and protection.
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​Seraphinah has been in her foster home for a long time. Even though she is playful and has gorgeous looks, she shies away from new people and does not do well at adoption events. The ideal home would adopt her together with Sina and give her ample time to come out of her shell.

Make sure to check out our upcoming events list for craft shows, can drives, silent auctions and much more! 




Thank you for looking, currently we don't have any dogs available for adoption!​

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Looking for a gift and want to support our rescue?
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a list of items we have available for sale or available for a donation!


Shores of the Mitten Animal Rescue and Transport (dba SMART Paws) is an animal rescue in the Great Lakes Bay region of Michigan that was established in 2015. As a rescue, we are currently operating in foster-based homes and are limited solely by the number of homes we have available. In addition to increasing our ability to take in and care for animals that we plan on placing in suitable, loving homes, our long term goal is to build a sanctuary for animals that require lifetime care and protection. Currently we are expanding our foster network, building relationships with other rescues and shelters, developing community education outreach programs, and providing rehabilitation services for wildlife that we are allowed by state law to take in. In our sanctuary, we plan to design and create environments that are optimal for the individual needs of animals with plenty of human interaction and lots of space to explore, play, and rest. We will also focus on sound animal nutrition and optimal health care practices. SMART Paws is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 



JOIN US! 1-28-2023   


SMART Paws will be at Soldan's Pet Supplies in Midland, MI on January 28 from 11am until 5pm for our Purr-fect Valentine Adoption & Craft Event! The day of love is right around the corner and our vendors may have just the right gift you are looking for. SMART Paws will also have potential Purr-fect matches available for adoption. As we finalize our event plans we will post an update on all of our platforms so make so to check back!




PO Box 1021, Midland, MI 48641

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