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Ingham animal control wants to build new shelter

Posted at 10:46 AM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 10:47:17-04

Every day, Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter works to save the lives of dogs and cats by finding them new homes. Crews work to keep us safe from dangerous animals as well.

But, the over 40-year-old building Animal Control operates out of just isn't cutting it anymore.

That's why Animal Control wants to build a new shelter.

A lot has changed since the facility was built in 1971. Not only is the current building falling apart, but the business of working with animals is really different now.

"Forty years ago really the concern was to get dangerous animals off the street and there wasn't as much concern about what happened to them after as there is these days," says the Director of Ingham County Animal Control John Dinon.

The space is cramped, and just isn't customer friendly.

"We're really not set up for adoption," says Dinon, "the kennels were set up to be holding kennels for stray animals and not display kennels for adoptions."

Animal Control is looking at plans now, early numbers show a new shelter would cost around $6 million, part of a private public partnership.

The goal is to be in a new building in 5 years.

"We're studying a number of different locations," says Dinon. "I think there is a good possibility that we will rebuild on the campus here with the sheriff's department."

It's a plan that the director says will increase the number of adoptions, and make life better for all of the animals at the shelter.

Dinon says in three years, Animal Control hasn't had to euthanize an animal because they were running out of space, and a new building would only make that easier.

The county will pay it's part for a new building, but the shelter does need help from the public to fund this.

You can donate to the shelter directly or to the animal shelter fund here