Local Shelter Makes Plea for Dog Houses

By: News 10
By: News 10

Due to the severe weather, the Ingham County Animal Shelter has almost depleted their dog houses they rely on to dispense as part of their Free dog house and straw program. ICAC dispenses free dog houses to pet owners who have no shelter for their dogs.

The shelter is seeking donations of dog houses for dogs that are kept outdoors throughout Ingham County. “Ideally we’re looking for the type of dog house that is portable and easy to lift and transport.” said project coordinator” Katlyn Turner. “The shelter staff will be distributing the houses to pet owners who do not have the means to obtain a house for their outdoor dogs”.

Each year the department puts out a plea for more houses as each year the demand is greater then what is available. “This past month alone we’ve distributed dozens of dog houses to pet owners, who really needed them”, said Turner. “We’ve exhausted our supply of dog houses and we’re in our most crucial time of year. The need for houses and straw is critical.” The shelter always urges that dogs be kept indoors during the extreme weather but realizes this is not always practical for some dog owners.”

“The bitter cold and numbing wetness of a Michigan winter can create life threatening conditions for those animals kept outdoors especially when the animal is without the proper shelter or body condition.” “Hypothermia rapidly sets in.” said Turner. “These dog houses along with the donated straw for bedding are saving lives.” Freezing temperatures can quickly take a toll on any dog without proper shelter.

The Ingham County Animal Control Department is asking the public to be aware of animals at risk and their own pets when the temperature drops. ICAC Officials are urging residents to report outdoor pets who do not have shelter and protection from the elements. The State of Michigan requires outdoor dogs to have proper shelter.

According to Jamie McAloon Lampman, Director of Animal Control, “Proper shelter means a shelter that will protect them from the snow and cold. “A board leaning against a tree or an open carport is not sufficient shelter in winter. The shelter should be adequate enough to retain the dogs’ body heat.” According to McAloon Lampman, having a shelter may not be enough to protect some dogs if they are old, thin or in poor physical condition. The best advice is bringing in pets.

To donate a dog house to the shelter please call 517-676-8372 or drop it off at the shelter located at 600 Curtis Street in Mason or go to the website at www.ac.ingham.org. All donations are tax deductible.

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  • by Lori Location: Lansing on Jan 29, 2013 at 01:21 PM
    I've been an avid animal advocate for almost thirty years and have had pets all of my life. Dogs are social animals and need the company of a pack. No dog should be stuck on the end of a chain for his entire life. I wish that there were stronger animal ordinances. A lot of animal "caretakers" tick me off to no end and animal control isn't what it ought to be!
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 25, 2013 at 09:04 AM
    malumutes, husky st.bernards and great pyrenees are all working dogs who were meant to be outside. As long as they have shelter, food and constant supply of ice free water they will do fine. We have a Great pyrenees who lays out in the snow for hours until he decieds he wants to come in. Summer he is in more then out. Just like with horses and cattle if they have a shelter/ wind break constant food and water supply they are fine to be out. In face Vets wull tell you that they are best not being brought into a barn or blanketed because it causes more repiratory problems in the long one. Our daughter is a vet.
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 24, 2013 at 05:20 PM
    I would have to agree. Why have a dog only to keep him or her outside? And, yes, I do have a dog. We make sure he only goes outside for short periods when it is bitter cold. I do, however, commend ICAC for their charitable work.
  • by Tommy Location: Lansing on Jan 23, 2013 at 09:12 AM
    I can’t understand why these “pet owners” aren’t being prosecuted for animal abuse. If they admit they don’t “have the means” to provide for a pet, animal control should confiscate their pets immediately.
  • by Bob Location: Laingsburg on Jan 23, 2013 at 06:51 AM
    Do either of you two, (Anon and Name), currently own a dog?
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 23, 2013 at 04:59 AM
    Maybe people should keep their dogs inside? If you can't afford to shelter your dog, you probably can't afford to take them to the vet if they get sick or injured, and you definitely shouldn't have a pet in that case. No sympathy here except for the poor animals that have to suffer because of their ignorant owners.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2013 at 04:18 PM
    If can not bring your dog in then you should not have the dog. No dog should be left outside in this cold even with a dog house. These owners should have to spend the night out there if they are going to make there dog stay out there.
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