Ingham County animal shelters work to find homes for pets in dead of winter

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More and more urban residents face the problem of how to handle their pets. For people who don’t have enough money or friends, they may abandon the pets.

The puppy looks at the customer. Capital Area Humane Societ, MI. Feb. 23, 2018

The winter in Michigan is extremely cold, and people can’t live long hours outside. Animals can’t hold on for a long time, either. Sydney Moroney is the manager of the Capital Area Humane Society. Moroney said, “The winter in Michigan is very cold. We will do as much as possible to help the pets abandoned by their owners outside the house. Some people call us and we’re going to pick them back. Some of them have been discovered by ourselves.”

Moroney said, “There are many reasons for the owners to abandon their pets. Some of them lost their source of (income), some of them lost their houses, some owners died, and some of them were since pets could not get along with their children, pets often fight and so on.”

In 2016, the Capital Area Humane Society made a great contribution in finding and housing homeless small animals. The shelter took in 1,840 dogs and 2,402 cats. Moroney said, “I’m proud that we have helped a lot of animals.”

The location of the Capital Area Humane Society. 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing. Map provided by Derrick Niu via Google Maps

The shelter relies on itself to keep its doors open. Moroney said, “The government never gives us money. Our economic source is our adoption fee and some other income. We are very grateful to the community. The community has given us great help. At the same time, volunteers come to help us every day. Volunteers are too important for us.”

In addition to private efforts like CAHS, the county runs its own animal shelter. Kate Turner, outreach manager of Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter, said, “All of our money was given by the government. The county has given us a lot of support. We thank the county government. And we are established by the government.”

Every shelter will hold regular activities for the homeless pets. At the same time, they are regularly calling the new owners of adopted pets to check their pets. Turner said, “In some cases we will also send up the food of our pets to help the new owners.”

Moroney said, “Every time we use social media to publicize activities and not abandon pets. We use Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat. When there is a problem, we also welcome telephone consultation.”

There are many people who abandon their pets, and there are good people to help the animals, too. Mary Kohmuench is a customer of Capital Area Humane Society. Kohmuench has fostered many dogs, and she is a dog lover.

She said, “Sometimes, the shelter does not have enough space for the homeless animal, I will help them a couple of days. I’ll help them clean up and feed them. I love this shelter, and they never kill animals. It’s gratifying to me.”

Many people choose to buy their favorite pets, but Moroney appeals not to buy, but to adopt. She said, “This is not only to help the shelter reduce the burden, but also to give the poor life another opportunity.”

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