Ingham County Animal Shelter Over Capacity

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

The Ingham County Animal Control Shelter is over capacity, and it might have to start euthanizing dogs and cats as early as Friday.

The problem is easy to explain: more dogs and cats are getting dropped off than adopted.

"Somebody was adopting in one window, but another person was bringing a dog in in the next window," Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter Director Jamie McAloon Lampman said. "So, we don't gain any ground. I mean, if we could maintain even, we'd be happy."

The shelter's inventory Thursday morning put them at 135 cats and 87 dogs. Even with volunteers and employees taking animals home, they said those numbers already increased, and their capacity is only 200.

"We have to face the reality that if we don't have the space, we have to put some animals down," McAloon Lampan said. "And believe me, we do not want to do that, but when you have that flow keep coming in, what are we going to do with them folks, what are we going to do?"

She said euthanasia is a last resort, but there might not be another option. They're already offering emergency foster care training for anyone willing to take a pet into their home.

"It was a quickie orientation, but we had room and we had the ability, so, it was time to step up and start fostering for the first time," Cheri Corretti said of her foster beagle.

The shelter is worried the worst is yet to come though. The week before Thanksgiving is filled with the most drop offs, because people go out of town and don't know what else to do, or the holidays make them realize they just can't afford a pet anymore.

"I'm glad we're here for animals, but we are what is called an open-admission shelter," McAloon Lampman said. "Any animal from Ingham County is going to get in here, we don't have the luxury of saying, 'No, we're full, you'll have to come back later on.' We have to accept the animal. We're getting hit by shelters around us that are closed admission."

The shelter said every animal they have right now is adoptable, but the ones on medication will the first to euthanized if it comes to that, even though their illnesses are completely treatable.

If you're interested in volunteering, fostering, or even adopting, visit Ingham County Animal Shelter


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  • by brown Location: lansing on Nov 21, 2012 at 06:03 AM
    we would love to adopt a dog, but just like every one else, it cost way too much we have 4 children that would love to have a small dog that would fit our family, but there is no way we can afford to pay that much. they need to either start asking for donations,or $10 and then watch how many they can send to a good family. $250 is like 1 years worth of food at $20 a bag. if they really wanted to lower their count of dogs and cat's lower the price, allow familys to enjoy getting a pet and not having to save up to get an animal.
  • by Lee on Nov 16, 2012 at 06:55 AM
    When you make a committment to an animal to give it a home you should try your best to follow through. I understand that sometimes the choice is people food or animal food. Times are rough all over. I believe fees should be higher if your pets are not neutered, alot higher, but give steep discounts on spay and neuter fees. I have a cat that we adopted 12 years ago, he is a pain. I got him to catch mice but he is afraid of them. He constantly is in the way, he just drives me nuts. But I will keep him and treat him good because I made a commitment to own him. Even though he is not what I wanted him to be I will still give him a good home and love him. Too many people think pets are expendable.
  • by Name Location: Location on Nov 15, 2012 at 07:33 AM
    I couldn't agree more with the fees being to high. We turned to craigslist to find our awesome dog for FREE. Same thing with our kitten. We looked at the shelter but they wanted too much money and wanted you to jump through too many hoops. Change the adoption process and fees and people may start adopting from the shelter!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM
    I think rather than euthanizing animals, the shelter might first look to changing some of their policies regarding adopting! Like Mom said, her son adopted a dog for a fee of $250. This dog I am sure will make a great addition to the family, but he is an unregistered, non-papered possible cross breed. I have seen many people turn to the alternative of purchasing a dog from a breeder for many times only $50 more that comes with papers and AKC registration. I feel if it didn't cost almost as much for adoption as it does to purchase, many people may go the adoption route. I have also seen people turned away from adoptions for simple and sometimes crazy crazy reasons. For example, my family lost a pet due to old age, and sought out another dog to keep our at the time two year old lab company. All paperwork and clearances passed and we were set to adopt an adorable new pet on one condition, we were first required to neuter our current dog. I understand an animal adopted from the shelter is required to first be sterilized or arrangements made for sterilization soon after adoption, but on current pets, are you kidding? Our pet at home is an AKC registered, great bloodline, paper holding member of the dog world purchased from a reputable breeder. I feel it is our family's choice if we alter him, not be forced to do so just so we could adopt a new sibling whom is already sterilized. I am sad to say, we were faced with no other choice except to purchase another dog from a breeder just so our current one was able to have another four legged sibling when we would have be glad to adopt instead!
  • by Jen Location: East Lansing on Nov 14, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    I'm already doing fostering of a sort by taking care of two strays, that were owner leave behinds in my mobile home park. Right now we've set up some lodgings of a sort in my shed and we feed and give them water every day, but I already have four cats in my house, and we barely have the space for them. My suggested solution; putting out bad owners who do such things to their "pets" - let them see what it's like to fend for yourself in the wild unexpectedly because some inconsiderate loser just left you behind - and ket the pets, with a foster host, take up residence.
  • by Mom Location: Eaton Rapids on Nov 13, 2012 at 06:35 AM
    My son just adopted a beautiful dog last week and he now has a great home. My only complaint was it cost him $250 to get him. I know animals can be expensive to raise, but how many people have that kind of money to get a dog from the shelter? On the upside Otis has a great home.
  • by J. Hood Location: Bath on Nov 11, 2012 at 02:09 PM
    Thank you for all you do for animals - from bringing dogs and cats needing homes on your morning news shows to this boost you've given overcrowded ICAS. Penny & Montana thank you too. (They couldn't be separated.)I took them home after that Thursday news story. They even photographed us for FB. Keep up your good work for animals.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2012 at 09:20 AM
    Those poor dogs and cats.
  • by Name Location: Location on Nov 9, 2012 at 06:29 AM
    There are several pitbulls there, as there usually are. They're in just about every size shape color and age you can think of! If you have the room go down there and check them out!
  • by Name Location: Location on Nov 9, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    People need to reign in their impulse buying! You purchase this animal, give it a home, and then when it becomes an inconvenience, you throw it away? This also shows just how terrible our culture of "BUY BUY BUY!" has gotten. You spend so much money on useless junk because you're told that you have to spend X amount of dollars on your family or you don't love them, and that makes you get rid of your pets because you have no idea how to budget or tell yourself no. Disgusting.
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