Ingham County Shelter Facing a Cat Crisis

By: News 10
By: News 10

“That makes for a very bleak outlook. Some days it just seems insurmountable. We are an open-admission shelter which means we accept any and all cats and dogs within Ingham County. We can’t say no to an animal because we’re full, instead we are forced to look for which animal has to be euthanized to make room for the ones coming in. It’s a frustrating and heart wrenching task to say the least."

Anne Burns - Interim Ingham County Animal Shelter Director

A local animal shelter may have to start euthanizing cats if its numbers don't go down anytime soon.

The Ingham County Animal Shelter says it took in eighteen cats just yesterday, with only two getting adopted.

It averages about 130 cats on any given day, and is urging people to consider adoption.

The shelter is concerned that they may have to resort to euthanizing healthy, adoptable cats because they don't have room for them. There are only a few cats adopted each week, and the shelter has a policy to take in all animals dropped off in Ingham County.

The shelter says breeding season, and irresponsible owners who don't spay or neuter their pets, are to blame for the overflow. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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