Animal Control Policies


Due to the size and population of our park, we attract a multitude of furry woodland creatures looking for food and tasty camper treats. While we do have a growing feral cat population, we also attract many less desired guests such as skunks, opossums, raccoons and other vermin. Large populations of these animals can contribute to the accumulation and spread of disease. Our priority is to our members, their safety and well being in our community. As such we use live traps in order to manage the animal population in our park. The issue of managing the feral cat population has its proponents as well as its opponents. Due to current circumstances we have removed all live traps from the park and are evaluating our current systems and protocol.

Animal Control News

TNR Update

February 16, 2018

On Friday, February 9th in our initial response to the results of the Allegan County Sherriff’s Department Investigation we noted that we met with Carol Manos the Founder & Director of Carol’s Ferals. Carol’s Ferals is a Grand Rapids based organization that is dedicated to ending feline overpopulation in west Michigan through community education and…

Feral Cat Investigation Statement

February 9, 2018

The following statement has been issued on behalf of Sandy Pines Recreational Community in regard to the results of the Feral Cat Investigation conducted by Allegan County Sheriff’s Department, Animal Control and Administration. Additional ongoing information on Sandy Pines Animal Control Policies can be found at On Thursday, Jan 25 two Sandy Pines Members reported…

Feral Cat Allegations

January 26, 2018

On Thursday, January 25 allegations were made about animal cruelty regarding the park’s efforts to manage the feral cat population. The allegations are not true. The Sandy Pines Public Safety Department is working with the Allegan County Sheriff’s department, Administration and Animal Control to complete the investigation. Further details will be provided when the investigation…

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