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Furry Friends In Mason Hoping For New Facility

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MASON, MI (WLNS) - In Ingham County a local animal shelter's working to raise money for a new facility to house the more than 4,000 animals that come through its doors each year.

6 News Shelby Miller shows us why this new shelter is so important to Ingham County and how the money will help.

For decades this building's been a temporary home for thousands of animals who end up here through no fault of their own.

Now workers at the Ingham County Animal Shelter want to open a new facility, which would be bigger, brighter and better for these pets who get put through the stress of living at a shelter.

"We want to build an open, airy, welcoming shelter,” said Ann Burns, interim director, Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter.

Ingham County offered the animal shelter an old building, which is right down the road from the current shelter. It used to house the road commission, but will take a lot of work to fix up.

“Is it feasible to retrofit the current building? Is it better to raise the current building and start new? Those are questions we'll have to ask once we get the figures in."

Ingham County Animal Shelter fund chair Liz Kranz says the new shelter will cost about $2 million dollars.

While raising that much money will take time it's needed. The current shelter's more than 40 years old and only 9,000 square feet, which makes it a tight fit for the animals, workers and hopeful adopters.

"The new facility will be almost double the capacity we have now and we're just overjoyed that it's going to be brighter and less dark and just so much more inviting to get more people to come in and adopt an animal,” said Liz Kranz, chair, Ingham County Animal Shelter fund.

It'll also have air conditioning, a connected indoor and outdoor facility for the dogs and more space for the cats. These are all things that will help these animals feel more comfortable at their temporary home.

Workers say the new Ingham County Animal Shelter should open in about two years.
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