LANSING, Mich. — Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is closed to the main public, however we are continuing essential animal welfare services. Essential services include:
· Emergency foster placement to reduce the shelter population
· Return to owner services that cannot be conducted by the public
· Food bank services to assist residents that have been economically impacted
· Investigation of criminal complaints and threats to public health caused by animals
· Spay and neutering of shelter animals prior to adoption
On March 16, 2020, we requested foster homes for all of the animals in our custody in anticipation of needing shelter space for community animals displaced by the Covid-19 crisis. To date, we have 126 animals in foster homes. We are allowing foster parents to attempt to find permanent homes for their foster pet and help facilitate adoptions by setting up meetings in parks or public places that are open under the State of Michigan Executive Order 2020-21. Adoption fees have been reduced to $25.00 per pet in an attempt to encourage adoptions. We are continuing with foster placement and adoptions in an attempt to keep space available in the shelter for emergencies or displaced animals.
To mitigate the spread of the virus, we have closed to walk-through adoptions and are instead doing adoptions by appointment or through the foster families. We are sanitizing all touch points in between adoptions and regularly throughout the day.
Animal Control Officers will continue to respond to high priority/emergency calls including law enforcement assistance, injured or sick stray animals, cruelty & neglect complaints, welfare checks, bite complaints and dangerous/aggressive dog complaints. Non-emergency calls and activities including stray animal pick up and licensing complaints are suspended. All officers have been issued the appropriate personal protective equipment (respirators and latex gloves) and been instructed to limit contact with the public unless necessary.
For more information on discounted adoption fees or other programs at Ingham County Animal Control, contact the shelter at 517-676-8370 ext 1, or visit the ICAC website at http://www.ac.ingham.org.
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