Overcrowded Michigan Shelter Cuts Dog Adoption Fees in Half

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Sweet Butch has been at the shelter for more than two months. (Photo: Julia Nagy, Julia Nagy/Lansing State Journal) -----------------------------------
Sweet Butch has been at the shelter for more than two months. (Photo: Julia Nagy, Julia Nagy/Lansing State Journal)
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Wilbur, Medusa, Carmello and Dippin’ Dots are just a few of the beautiful dogs currently taking up residence at the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter in Mason, MI. Summertime brings with it high season; mostly due to owner surrenders say staffers. Incredibly, traveling owners often decide they just don’t have time for their pets.

As such, the folks at the Ingham County facility have cut adoption fees in half to encourage those who might already be thinking about adoption to come take the plunge.

“This is always a hard time of year for all animal shelters,” Volunteer Coordinator Ashley Shaffier told the Lansing State Journal. “The week after the Fourth of July there are lots of strays because dogs run away from fireworks.”

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As is the norm, all-black dogs, bully breeds in particular, are the most often overlooked. The shelter has some lovely dogs fitting this description — along with many others, all colors, all sizes.

“A lot of apartments don’t allow them,” Shaffier said. “They are really sweet dogs. Black seems to be considered boring. They never move as fast, unfortunately. Everyone likes unique breeds. Just like black cats. They get overlooked more than any other.”

See Spot smile. Smile Spot smile! (Photo: Julia Nagy, Julia Nagy/Lansing State Journal) -----------------------------------
See Spot smile. Smile Spot smile! (Photo: Julia Nagy, Julia Nagy/Lansing State Journal)
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All adoptable dogs at Ingham County have passed temperament test and are spayed/neutered, microchipped, heartworm tested and vaccinated. Half-off adoption fees will continue until the shelter gets its occupancy for dogs under 80 percent. The shelter is over 95 percent now.

The average dog adoption fee is around $102, but cost varies, based on the dog’s age. The shelter is open today from 11 am to 4 pm.

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