INGHAM COUNTY, MI (WLNS) - Workers at the Ingham County Animal Shelter say they need help.
More than a dozen animals showed up at the shelter in a couple hours. 6 News Shelby Miller found out why the shelter may reach capacity.
Dozens of dogs and nearly 100 cats fill the Ingham County Animal Shelter and they need your help to find a home.
"We're trying to empty out a little bit because we have more animals coming in every day,” said Ashley Hayes, Volunteer Liason & Special Events Planner, Ingham County
Last year the shelter made history by not putting a single pet down because of over-crowding. Workers want to reach that achievement again, but say this year is going to be tough because they're already close to being full.
“I think we're at more animals than average, usually we don't start getting this full until like June or July, so it's a little bit early for us,” said Hayes.
Hayes says slow in-take and high adoption rates during the winter typically give workers the chance to clear the shelter out and get it ready for spring, but adoptions stayed slow last season.
Now adoptions are picking up, but they're not keeping up with the number of animals coming through the doors. In just 5 short hours, on Thursday 20 animals were brought to the animal shelter. Workers worry the warm weather means the numbers at the shelter will only continue to grow.
“Strays coming in the front, officers picking up animals they find in the field, so it was just a lot of animals."
Those 20 animals Thursday bring the shelter's total to 256 pets. That includes animals here and in foster care.
To help find these pets forever homes the shelter's kicking off the "Woof Tour" on Saturday.
It's a mobile adoption being held at Playmakers in Okemos.