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Christmas Comes Early At The Ingham County Animal Shelter

MASON, Mich. (WLNS) -- This year Christmas came early for the dogs and cats at the Ingham County Animal Shelter. 

"All our kennels are empty, you look and every where it says adopted, Merry Christmas, so it's a great day," said Jamie McAloon Lampman, the director of Ingham County Animal Control.

Over the past 24 hours, the hardworking volunteers have barely taken a break. On top of normal shelter hours, they hosted a 12-hour Holiday All-Nighter from 4 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday. Just hours later, they came back again to make sure everyone got a holiday home. 

"It was so busy! We adopted 66 animals in 12 hours, which is just absolutely amazing," said Ashley Hayes, a volunteer & special events liaison at Ingham County Animal Control. "Our volunteers were here and working so hard and we're so happy to know those 66 animals have a home for Christmas. It's amazing."

The Holiday All-Nighter was such a success, Saturday less than 15 animals remain at the shelter. They won't be there for long, foster parents plan to pick them up and take them home for 10 days of love and affection.

"Every single adoptable animal will be laying on its own bed tonight, watching TV, hanging out with a family, just having a good time," McAloon Lampman said. "That's probably the best gift you're ever going to give to anybody who works in an animal shelter. I think everybody in this community needs to be proud of what they did because that's not an easy task."

This year, the shelter has a lot to celebrate. It took in about 3,200 animals and, for the first time ever, didn't put down a single pet because of overcrowding.

"What a great year! We're ending on a great note. The bar is set high for next year, but we'll make sure we meet it," McAloon Lampman said.

While there's plenty to celebrate, unfortunately the kennels won't stay empty forever. For more information, and how you can help, visit the Ingham County Animal Control's website and Facebook page.

Shelby Miller is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter or email her at

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