This Morning: Low cost vaccination clinics offered as a push for dog licenses


In light of big push for dog owners to license their four-legged friends, the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is hosting a vaccination clinic today.

The event will take place from 12-4pm in the Ingham County Animal Shelter Outreach Center.

Clinic Fees
· Rabies: FREE (puppies must be at least 12 weeks old)
· Distemper (cat): $10
· Distemper/Parvo (dog): $10
(puppies must be 6-8 weeks old for first distemper/parvo shot)
· Microchipping (dog/cat): $10
Licenses (delinquent fees waived, unless you have ticket)
· Spayed/neutered: $15 or $35 for 3-year license (must have new 3 year rabies vaccination)
· Not spayed/neutered: $45 or $125 for 3-year license (must have new 3 year rabies vaccination)

​Due to space limitations and for the safety of pets and owners, we will NOT be offering merchandise for sale or Food Bank distributions on clinic days. Thank you for your understanding.

If you can’t make it to today’s clinic, there are several more offered:

  • April 5th Outreach Center
  • May 3rd Leroy Fire Station (Webberville)
  • June 7th Outreach Center
  • July 12th Cristo Rey Community Center (North Lansing)
  • August 2nd ICACS (Mason Animal Shelter)
  • September 6th Outreach Center
  • October 4th Gier Community Center (North Lansing)
  • November 1st Foster Community Center (East Side Lansing)
  • December 6th Outreach Center

In the state of Michigan the law states that every owned dog must have a dog license to the county they reside in.

In Ingham County it’s a misdemeanor offense – and officials say it’s taken seriously because it’s important. Ingham County dogs MUST have a current dog tag affixed to their collar at all times.

A dog license could be the difference between your dog being lost permanently or brought home by an animal control officer if it wer to get out.

To purchase a dog license, the dog must have a current rabies vaccination.

Rabies is a fatal virus and the vaccine is the only way to keep your pets safe from contracting it.

Dog license costs vary from county to county  but in Ingham County, the cost of a one-year license is $15 if the dog has already been spayed/ neutered and $45 if they haven’t been altered.

Three-year licenses are available if there are three years remaining on the dogs’ rabies vaccination.

Between now and April, Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing and Animal Control Director Jodi Lebombard will be going out into Ingham County neighborhoods to educate pet owners about the importance of dog licensing.

They will be traveling with Animal Control Officers and will be selling dog licenses, providing information on how to get a dog license, or potentially serving citations for those found delinquent on dog licensing.

Ingham County Animal Control hosts monthly vaccination and licensing clinics to provide low cost and free vaccinations to Ingham County pet owners and to provide an opportunity to purchase a dog license at the time of that vaccination.

Cats are not required to be licensed, however a current rabies vaccination is strongly recommended for your pet’s safety.

If you receive a delinquent dog licensing citation, the cost for the license doubles and you may be responsible for the cost of the ticket. Dog licenses may be purchased at the Ingham County Treasurers offices in the Veterans Memorial Courthouse in Lansing, the treasures office in the Mason Courthouse, Ingham County Animal Shelter, and at some participating local veterinarians.

For more information on discounted vaccinations or other programs at Ingham County Animal Control, contact the shelter at 517-676-8370, visit the ICAC website at, or visit the shelter at 600 Curtis St. in Mason.

Ingham County Animal Control is open M,T,Th,F,Sa 10:30-5pm and W 10:30-6pm. The shelter is closed on county-observed holidays.

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