After taking precautions for medical evaluations, Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is resuming dog adoptions and intakes.
Due to the identification of some resident animals showing symptoms of having the ringworm fungus ten days ago, pet adoptions were suspended to give appropriate time for treatment and to sanitize the shelter. Sanitization procedures included animal holding areas and public areas. All of the dogs have had multiple treatments, and no new cases have been identified. Dog adoptions are able to resume at this time, along with dog intakes.
Due to the number of animals held at the shelter, both those in residence at the time symptoms were noticed, and those that have been received through emergency services over the last ten days, animal population numbers are still very high. Dog adoptions are being discounted to $15 for senior dogs over six years old, and $25 for adult dogs over 6 months. These discounts will continue until Friday, October 5th. Saturday October 6th is the Bissell Empty the shelters event in which Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is a participant. Bissell Pet Foundation pays for the adoption fees on that day.
Cat adoptions and intakes are still restricted at this time while further treatments are being recommended by veterinary staff. Adoptable cats may start becoming available at they are returning to the shelter from foster homes or other off site locations. Animals recently adopted or redeemed from the shelter that may be diagnosed with ringworm at a wellness exam may contact the shelter for medical assistance and treatment options. Animal Control Officer Services have not been affected.
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.
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.
Source: Press Release