Ingham County Animal Shelter overcrowded with cats

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — A Mason animal shelter is experiencing an overflow of cats, which has caused them to stop accepting more cats.

In mid-June, nearly two dozen cats were taken to the Ingham County Animal Shelter. During the investigation, animal control officers said they found the cats were living in unsanitary conditions.

With summer well underway, the Ingham County Animal Shelter tries to control its cat population. Community outreach manager Julie Hill said she had reached capacity.

“So we have 25 adoptable cats, and then we have about 30 more that are in treatment or being assessed for behavior, Hill said. “But then we have about 175 other people who are in foster care. “

With the added number, the shelter will soon no longer be able to accept cats handed over by owners.

“As soon as we get some more adoptees, so if we get some of these guys adopted here on our adoption floor, we can move other guys who are either in a wandering hold or in the process of getting treatment. “Hill said.

With the help of the community, Hill said 15 cats were adopted last week.

And a furry friend named Armarilla met her new mom, Kayla Etzler, on Monday afternoon.

“If you can find an animal that needs a home, especially animals that have been here a long time or even just kittens because there are so many of them everywhere, I feel like if you go to the shelter, it’s such a better place to find an animal,” Etzler said. “Because not only are you making room for new animals, but you’re also bringing home a new animal that had no shelter and you give it new life.”

With the shelter over capacity, they receive monetary donations and dry cat food to help with the ongoing care of the cats.

If you would like to help ICACS with the influx of cats it cares for, they say monetary donations and donations of Purina One Dry Cat Food are appreciated. Cash donations can be made HERE.

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