Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter opened its doors in 1971 in Mason, Michigan. As with most animal control facilities, it accepted any animal and euthanized when it reached capacity. But a lot has changed in the past 10 years.
In an effort to get the community involved and reduce euthanasia, the facility has made several changes, including adding the following programs:
- Foster programs
- Assistance programs
- Community outreach
- Animal welfare education
- Spay and neuter initiatives
About the Shelter
Although listed as an animal control center, the facility has reinvented its purpose and has reduced euthanasia by working toward creating enough space to house every animal that comes in.
According to volunteer liaison and special events planner Ashley Hayes, the facility is an open-admission shelter: “We can’t turn any animals away, but if we become overcrowded, we would have to euthanize due to space. We haven’t had to do that in 3 years, and we work very hard to make sure it stays that way.” Having enough funds and foster homes keeps the momentum going, and the facility works to continue it in perpetuity.
Kragle is a Yorkshire Terrier puppy who was found on the side of the road in Lansing, Michigan. She had been hit by a car and suffered 2 broken hind legs. Despite her injuries, the 8-month-old pup was very patient with her rescuers. However, the severity of her injuries was beyond the scope of treatment that Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter could provide.
An animal control officer took Kragle to the Michigan State University Veterinary Clinic, where veterinarians determined that Kragle needed surgery or she might not walk again. Because of the resources available in the Ingham County Animal Shelter Fund, a separate nonprofit that raises funds for emergencies and expenses for animal control, Kragle had her surgery, receiving 3 pins in each hind leg, and was put on crate rest for recovery.
Carol, Kragle’s foster mom, said the restrictions didn’t slow her down — she was up and walking in no time, and her sutures were removed within 2 weeks. Vets also removed Kragle’s cone (E collar), allowing the small dog’s personality and exuberance to shine through. According to Carol, “Suddenly she was a puppy and wanted to be on the go!”
Carol helped Kragle with exercise and physical therapy during her recovery. Upon finishing her convalescence, Kragle was spayed and made available for adoption. It was no surprise to Carol that Kragle was adopted quickly: “She was so good-natured and so sweet… I still miss her.”
A Petful Hand
Cate Semrau adopted her cat, Mocha, from the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter in 2013. She decided to enter Mocha in Petful’s annual Halloween Costume Contest in 2015, and Mocha won a People’s Choice award.
Part of Cate’s prize was deciding where to allocate $275 to a nonprofit shelter or rescue. She chose the Ingham County Animal Shelter Fund to help more pets like Kragle. The donation will help pay “for surgeries and medical expenses that are not covered in our operating budget,” according to Hayes.
How You Can Help
You can donate directly to animal control or to the fund for unexpected surgeries and expenses. Supplies and accessories are always welcome and can be mailed or dropped off to Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter, 600 Curtis Street, Mason, Michigan 48854.
Foster or Adopt
If you’re in the Mason, Michigan, or surrounding areas, consider adopting your next best friend from Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter. If you cannot adopt but can foster, you can make a world of difference for one animal at a time, just as Carol did for Kragle.
If you can’t donate, foster or adopt, you can still help the facility by sharing this article with your friends and family. Someone you know may be looking for a new pet or can help the rescue in other ways. It also helps spread the mission of responsible pet care and education, such as spaying and neutering.