Community responds to shelter's adoption plea

Posted at 9:31 AM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 10:35:11-04

After drastically reducing adoption fees to help deal with overcrowding, the Ingham County Animal Shelter is praising the community for stepping up.

Over the past two weeks, ICAC’s kennels has been full with dogs. Worried they would have to euthanize due to space for the first time in over three years, the shelter reduced adoption fees and asked the community for help. The response was overwhelming.

According to Volunteer Coordinator, Ashley Shaffier, "We had lots of media coverage and so many people sharing our story on social media. We had donations of food, toys and people sponsoring the remaining adoption fees. Our community really cares about these animals and it’s great to see. ”

Thanks to the success of the reduced adoption fees and community support, the shelter is feeling some relief and adoption fees will be going back to their original prices on Thursday, July 14. But the shelter knows that there is still a lot of summer left.

“We’re really grateful for the relief but we know, as an open admission shelter, we could be full again in a matter of hours. Summer is a busy time for us and we just go day by day.”

The Ingham County Animal Control Shelter, located at 600 Curtis Street in Mason, is open for adoptions Tuesdays and Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on adoption or visiting the shelter to volunteer,
call 517 676-8370 or visit its website at