The Ingham County Animal Shelter in Mason is helping people who are without power and need a place for the pets to stay.
The shelter located at 600 Curtis Street has room for about 30 dogs and 25 cats, thanks to all the people who adopted or fostered pets last week.
However, pet owners are encouraged to keep their pets at home if at all possible. Director Jamie McAloon-Lampman says pets will be fine at home if the temperature is 30 degrees and above. Just make sure they have enough food and water and stop by often to let them out, take them for a walk or give them exercise.
The shelter only has room for so many animals, so it's important that only owners who are desperate and may have to leave town take advantage of the extra room at the shelter. Pets tend to get stressed when in a cage, in an unfamiliar place. Cats are especially susceptible to upper respiratory illness, so again, only bring them to the shelter if you have no other options.
Pet owners that do bring their animals to the shelter have to help take care of them. That means feeding them, walking them and spending time with them. Please don't just drop them off at the shelter and expect the staff to take care of them for you. The shelter is short-staffed because of the holidays and owners will need to keep up their normal care duties.
The Ingham County Animal Shelter will be open from 11am to 4pm Monday, and again on Tuesday. Call 517-676-8376 if you need help caring for your pet during this power outage/ice storm.