"The house on the corner initially attracted a lot of crime," said Dawn Austin. Particularly meth cooking on the top floor of the vacant house at Saginaw street and Chicago ave during the last ten years, forcing her to call police on several occasions.
"So I'm delighted to hear an animal shelter is coming to the neighborhood."
Ingham County Animal Control doesn't know what they will call the house they're making into office space, especially since it's unlike anything opened by any animal control they've known.
"We're going to offer spay and neuter assistance, so we can pick the animals up there, bring them back to our shelter to our surgeon suite, we're going to offer a food bank there, the dog house program there, we're going to offer training and childrens' classes on responsible pet ownership," said Director Ingham County Animal Control Jamie McAloon Lampman.
Along with discounted vaccines, licensing and adoption events.
"This is an area we spend a lot of time in, but I feel like we aren't spending enough resources int. So I think this is going to give the resources back to the community and therefore reduce the work load for years to come," she continued.
Welcome changes to those living nearby, especially with the overwhelming amount of stray cats Austin says have been on the streets; even taking one in herself.
"It will be good for the community; more education on how to properly care for your animals and making sure your pets are spayed and neutered so there are less stray cats," said Austin.
Which to her, means less of a nuisance to the neighborhood, and fewer neglected animals.
This entire project is being paid for with donations. Ingham County Animal Control was able to rent the house through the land bank for the next three years at just $1 a year.
The center should be open by mid-October
The shelter could use some help with the house renovations. They need things like flooring, fencing, paint and lights, as well as people to help rebuild.
To help, call: (517) 676-8370