Local animal shelters face overcrowding


INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) – The hot summer months can be a busy time for officials at our local animal shelters and they say its left them dealing with overcrowding issues.

Right now at the Ingham County Animal Shelter there are nearly sixty dogs and more than two hundred cats just waiting to get adopted.

“It’s been a really busy summer,” said Kate Turner, the Interim Deputy Director at Ingham County Animal Control.

As the hot summer months come to a close, Turner says the cages at the shelter just keep filling up.

“Sometimes when people, their dogs get loose, they don’t always know to come down to the shelter to take a look for them,” said Turner.

As paws and claws keep increasing, Turner believes many of them may just be lost.

“They could very well be here and we would and we would really rather get them home,” said Turner.

“We’ve been full every day; for months, we’ve been full every day,” said Julia Willson, the President/CEO at the Capital Area Humane Society.

It’s not just an issue at the Ingham County Animal Shelter; we caught up with officials at the Capital Area Humane Society earlier this week, who say they’re facing the same problem.

“People are calling non-stop everyday asking for help to get animals in so it’s a difficult situation,” said Willson.

Turner says to try and solve this, they’ve reached out to other local shelters to see if they can lend a hand or paw, but so far have had no luck.

“We’re around to see if anybody had extra room for our surplus adoptable animals and at this point we’re having trouble finding any rescues that have that extra space,” said Turner.

So if you’re looking for a furry friend, Ingham County Animal Control is dropping adoption prices for all of its animals in hopes of finding them a new, safe home.

“We have a lot of adoptable animals waiting on the floor and the sooner we can get them out to new homes, the sooner we can bring more animals up for adoption,” said Turner.

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