Reduced cat fees at local shelter

Pieter Lanser / Wikimedia / CC BY 2.0/MGN. Kittens, Photo Date: 11/27/2009
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INGHAM CO., MI. (WILX) -- Due to the large number of cats waiting for their forever homes a local shelter is taking additional measures to encourage adoption.

The Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is reducing fees to $20 for kittens under 6 months old, $15 for adult cats, and senior cats 6 years and over are reduced to $10.

The shelter is reporting over 110 cats in the building with over 100 kittens being fostered in local homes.

They say "these are extremely high numbers" at this time, and the large number is taxing on current staff and volunteers.

Shelter Director Jodi LeBombard states “We have many loving cats of all ages, sizes, colors, and backgrounds all looking for a forever home. As an open admission shelter we won’t turn away a pet in need, but we do rely on adoptions to make sure we have space to provide safe housing for any dog or cat that finds its way to our doors.”

All cats have had their age-appropriate vaccinations, been spayed or neutered, and microchipped.

A "Meow Luau" adoption event is planned for August to help increase adoptions as well.

If that number alarms you, but adopting a cat or kitten isn't possible right now, the ICACS says you can help in other ways.

"Consider becoming a foster parent," Community Service and Outreach Manager Kate Turner said. "Some pets don’t respond well in the shelter, especially kittens, and they benefit greatly by growing up and learning in a home environment.”

If you are interested in more information about adopting a shelter cat, or becoming a foster parent, please contact the shelter at 517-676-8370.

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