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Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter Facing Cat Overcrowding

Posted at 10:15 AM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 06:56:26-04

Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter is facing extreme numbers of cats in their care. ICACS staff taking extraordinary measures to find new homes and opportunities for the cats in their care. In 2018, 1150 cats have been brought into the shelter, with 60 cats being brought in in the last 10 days. Last month’s medical precautionary measures have negatively affected adoptions, though at this time all adoptable animals have been examined and medically cleared for adoption to new families.

To try and find new homes for the cats, adoption fees have been significantly discounted. Senior cats over 6 years old are free to approved adopters, adult cats 6 months-6 years are $5, and kittens under 6 months are $10. The shelter is also encouraging rural property owners to participate in the “Barn Cat Program”. This program rehomes healthy adult cats that may not be suitable for adoption for behavioral reasons to rural barns and farms. Access to food and water and veterinary care is still required for these cats, but they can be a significant benefit to those property owners needing to keep the rodent population down in the barn and other outbuildings.

Dog adoption fees have been discounted as well. Senior dogs are $25 and adult dogs are $50 to approved homes. All adoptions are subject to normal approval procedures and restrictions including an adoption application, interview, and proof of landlord permission for renters. All pets are available on a first come, first served basis and all pets adopted from the Ingham County Animal Shelter are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Reduced fee adoptions are made possible through the generous donations of pet loving citizens of Ingham County.

For more information on discounted adoption fees or other programs at Ingham County Animal Control, contact the shelter at 517-676-8370, visit the ICAC website at www.ac.ingham.org, or visit the shelter at 600 Curtis St. in Mason. Ingham County Animal Control is open M,T,Th,F,Sa 10:30-5pm and W 10:30-6pm

Source: Press Release