In 2017, 3,016 animals came in the Ingham County Animal Shelter. That was down about 4 percent from 3,139 animals in 2016.
However, the number of animals who found new home or were returned home fell 6 percent.
Abandoned animals can be dropped off by owners at the shelter, or animals could come as strays picked up by animal control officers. Most of the animals get a new home after they came in, puppies are usually being adopted much quicker than the older animals.
“The animal community in Lansing is better than a lot of other areas,” said Lansing resident Zoe Tracy, who came to the animal shelter recently for volunteering training. “People should seek help if they can’t take care of their pets anymore, instead of leaving them as strays.”