Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter facing cat overcrowding; offering reduced fees

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MASON, Mich. (WILX) - The Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter staff are taking extra steps to find new permanent homes for cats in their care.

Currently, they are experiencing an "extreme number" of cats.

They say that in 2018, 1150 cats were brought to the shelter, with 60 cats being brought in in the last 10 days.

All of the cats and other animals in their care have been examined and medically cleared for adoption to new families.

To encourage adoption of cats, fees have been drastically lowered.

"Senior cats over 6 years old are free to approved adopters, adult cats 6 months-6 years are $5, and kittens under 6 months are $10. The shelter is also encouraging rural property owners to participate in the "Barn Cat Program". This program rehomes healthy adult cats that may not be suitable for adoption for behavioral reasons to rural barns and farms. Access to food and water and veterinary care is still required for these cats, but they can be a significant benefit to those property owners needing to keep the rodent population down in the barn and other outbuildings," said Kate Turner of the ICACS.

Fees for dogs have also been reduced.

"Senior dogs are $25 and adult dogs are $50 to approved homes. All adoptions are subject to normal approval procedures and restrictions including an adoption application, interview, and proof of landlord permission for renters. All pets are available on a first come, first served basis and all pets adopted from the Ingham County Animal Shelter are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Reduced fee adoptions are made possible through the generous donations of pet loving citizens of Ingham County," said Turner.

For more information on discounted adoption fees or other programs at Ingham County Animal Control, contact the shelter at 517-676-8370, visit the ICAC website at www.ac.ingham.org, or visit the shelter at 600 Curtis St. in Mason. Ingham County Animal Control is open M,T,Th,F,Sa 10:30-5pm and W 10:30-6pm