Local Animal Shelters Pushing for Adoptions

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The Ingham County Animal Shelter in Mason is in urgent need of homes for pets as it gets close to overcrowding.

Twenty new animals were brought in on Thursday, nearly pushing the shelter to capacity. "These pets deserve a second chance with a new family," says Interim Director Anne Burns. "We have dogs that have been up for adoption since December. They are ready to be in a home and we need the space for the animals coming in.”

The shelter will be open on Saturday for on-site adoptions. There will also be several animals looking for a forever home during an off-site adoption event at Playmakers in Okemos.

All animals are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and current on their vaccinations. With dogs, the adoption fee also includes an Ingham County dog license. The shelter says one adoption saves two lives. “We want people to consider shelter animals first when searching for a companion animal," says Monica Carr, redemption clerk at Ingham County Animal Control Shelter. “When you adopt a shelter animal you save two lives-- the life of the animal you adopt and the life of the animal that gets to take its place.”

As the weather gets warmer, the shelter anticipates even more animals coming in, so it's important to adopt now if you can. The shelter is always in need of foster parents for animals as well.

The Capital Area Humane Society is also hoping for more adoptions. It has several kittens and cats ready for their forever home, thanks to what's known as "kitten season".

Kitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with homeless litters. Kitten season is really three seasons in one, starting in spring, peaking in late spring or early summer, and ending in fall.

At the Capital Area Humane Society, the adoption fee for a kitten is $125 which includes spay/neuter surgery and age-appropriate vaccinations. As always, cats and kittens are adopt-one-get-one-free.

Follow the links within this article to learn more about adopting an animal from the Capital Area Humane Society or the Ingham County Animal Shelter.

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