UPDATE: New animal shelter grand opening scheduled

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INGHAM CO., MI (WILX) - Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter (ICACS) is moving to new facilities.

A grand opening featuring the start of the county's annual Adopt-A-Fest will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday., June 14.

The new facilities will be located at 600 Buhl St in Mason.

The new shelter was made possible by the 2016 millage, and was built to be a full service animal welfare center.

Staff at the Ingham County Animal Shelter started packing up and moving equipment and animals to the new facility this weekend.

The shelter's brand new full service animal center will soon be caring for hundreds of animals in need of forever homes.

Expanded adoption areas, upgraded kennels and a new outdoor “patio” for the felines are just a few of the amenities.

“We've made a lot of renovations over the years,” said Community Outreach Manager Kate Turner.

“We are definitely looking forward to having a new facility just the way we want for shelter practices.”

The old building has been operating since the 1970s and animal control officials say the new shelter has room to house more animals with better safety conditions.

“Well it's going to be a lot better for the animals because we have two entrances and exits,” Turner said.

“The animals coming into the shelter that we don't necessarily know their history, they're going to be coming in from a different location and not necessarily mixing with the adoptable animals that are coming out. It's really good for potential disease control and things like that.”

ICACS will be in the process of moving its animals and facilities from Sunday, June 2 thru Tuesday, June 4.

The current location will have limited services to the public during these moving dates.

Adoption services and dog license purchases will not be available to the public at the shelter on June 3 and 4, a Monday and Tuesday.

Licenses may be purchased at the Ingham County Courthouse in Mason or the Veterans Memorial Courthouse in Lansing, along with participating veterinary clinics.

During this time period, animal control complaint response will be limited to emergencies as officers transition their gear to the new facility.

Officers, however, will remain on standby to take in stray animals unable to be held by the public.

The officers will also be available to assist pet owners looking for their lost pets.

There will be select cats for adoption off-site at the PETCO in Frandor and the Pet Supplies Plus on Grand River.

Full shelter services will resume on June 5 at 10:30am at the new building and shelter.

Immediately following the grand opening ceremony, scheduled on June 14, the annual summer Adopt-A-Fest will begin with discounted adoptions at the shelter all day and night straight through until 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.

The new shelter can be accessed off of Buhl road, past the Fifty-fifth District Court and the Drain Commissioner's office.

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