Dog pound overcrowding leads to reduced adoption fees

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jul 05, 2016

The Ingham County Animal Shelter is getting close to becoming overcrowded, and ICAC has decided to cut dog adoption fees by 50% in an effort to make more room for incoming animals.

According to Volunteer Coordinator, Ashley Shaffier, "The summer months are hard for us, particularly the week after 4th of July. There is a large amount of dogs on stray hold waiting for owners, in addition adoptions slow down and owner surrender numbers go up because so many people are traveling. Many shelters struggle this time of year."

ICAC has not had to euthanize due to lack of space in over three years, and staff are trying their hardest to make sure that it stays that way. They've also opened a third dog ward to the public, just because so many dogs are waiting for good homes.

"Reducing adoption fees will hopefully encourage some potential adopters to take a look at the animals here at ICAC. Lowering adoption fees is rare for us, so this is an exciting opportunity for adopters to come in and meet some of the great animals here. Once this temporary overcrowding is over, adoption fees will return to their normal levels," said Shaffier.

All of the dogs in the shelter are spayed/neutered, heartworm tested, vaccinated, and micro-chipped.

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 check us on the web at