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Ingham County Animal Shelter Outreach Cetner Opens

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The doors to the Ingham County Animal Shelter's Community Outreach Center opened on Saturday and many are calling it a 'game changer' for the neighborhood.

"People supported it. They believed it and they wanted us to be working with not just animals, but the people who care for animals. I mean, how can you resolve the problem if you don't go to the core," said Jamie McAloon Lampman, Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter.

The outreach center sits on the corner of Saginaw and Chicago. Animal control says they get a lot calls to this area. Just last week, a dog was found chained to a dumpster in a parking lot.

"We're trying to provide resources and services to a clientel. I don't think we'd be able to reach otherwise," said Lampman. "We wanted to bring it to the people. We wanted to make it very accessible."

The center will provide a pet food bank, vaccination clinics and even the transportation to get pets spayed and neutered.

"We also want to reach out to the childre, the teens and children because we're seeing a growing problem with adolescences that are bored and sometimes it results in animal cruelty. We have several cases from this summer from this area," he says.

They'll offer free free education and dog training classes, even animal arts and crafts, but most of all, it's starting a conversation..

"We want to show them how to take care of their pets. We want to offer them opputunites," said Lampman. "We want them to see us know us, talk to us about things. Not fear us."

The house is completley funded by donations and was provided through the Ingham County Land Bank.

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