The Capital Area Humane Society held a fundraiser in Grand Ledge earlier this month. The proceeds of the fundraiser will go toward its operations and helping animals in the shelter’s care find their forever home. Kelly Chesser of Grand Ledge is one of the many who have adopted a furry friend from the Capital Area Humane Society.
Located at 7095 W. Grand River Ave. in Lansing, the 25-year-old Capital Area Humane Society building, or CAHS, building is part of an organization that has served the Lansing area and its animals for far longer. However, the independently-run and funded organization currently isn’t able to perform at its peak, according to adoption counselor and entry staff employee Makenzie Giller. “This building wasn’t made to house sick dogs and sick cats,” said Giller. Eric Langdon, the shelter’s Director of Annual and Major Gifts, agreed.
Juan Loaiza was taking out his trash one night and noticed a few cats by his garbage. A weeks few later he noticed something strange — double the cats and kittens. Living on the south side of Lansing, Loaiza said he was used to seeing a few cats around his neighborhood but that it was getting out of control. “One night there are nine cats and the next night it seems like there’s 38 cats,” Loaiza said. “It’s a public safety issue because people in our neighborhood have small children and all of these cats have diseases.”
Loaiza said that the biggest problem with these cats is the fact that the government doesn’t take care of them and that no one will come out and get the cats.
“I have been here longer than any other dog. Please give me my second chance,” a sign reads on the cage of 7-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Redbone Coonhound-mix Zoie. Fortunately for animals like Zoie, things are looking up: Capital Area Humane Society received new grant funding, and adoption rates and volunteer numbers are high. The humane society, located at 7095 W. Grand River Ave., is not funded by government. “We’re completely independent,” said development, events and grant manager Jamie Fuhr. “We don’t take tax money or anything like that.”
Fuhr said that their funding is comprised exclusively of donations from the public and the fees they collect for their services, including their adoption and spay and neuter fees. PetSmart Charities recently awarded Capital Area Humane Society a $135,000 grant payable over two years, according to Fuhr. “This grant will end up spaying and neutering about 2,400 cats,” Fuhr said. “And this is actually the second phase that we’re doing.” Two years ago, they received a grant that allowed them to spay and neuter 2,800 cats.
By Hillary Jordan
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer
GRAND LEDGE – Despite rainy weather, Lansing area residents, accompanied by furry friends, made their way to Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge for the Capital Area Humane Society’s annual Walk for the Animals fundraising event. From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, people and their pets participated in a 5K walk/run to generate awareness for the animals of the Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS). CAHS Program Manager Stasi Bates handles media coverage of the event and participates as an active volunteer. CAHS houses 250 to 300 animals at any given time, not including the animals currently being fostered by local families, Bates said.
Yoshi, Sandford, Junie and Jessie are among the few available furry-tailed animals up for adoption at the Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing. President and CEO of Capital Area Humane Society Julia Palmer said the staff places around 3,500 animals annually into homes. The ultimate goal is to promote the humane treatment of animals through protection, placement, education and example. Other than providing an individual with a new furry friend, services are Pets for the Elderly, spay or neuter procedures, behavior training and volunteer opportunities. In April, Capital Area Humane Society is teaming up with the Petsmart in Okemos to increase the chances of finding an animal a happy home. Visitors can pet felines and dogs 3:30- 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Offsite locations do help with adoptions. We are constantly trying to increase visibility for the animals at the shelter. Petsmart is one of the many avenues we use to accomplish that,” Palmer said. With pet adoption awareness on the rise, there have been some complaints that there is not a place specific to residents and their dogs in Meridian Township. Williamston resident Jamie Cripe and her labrador retriever mix Calypso love the idea for creating a dog park at Legg Park or anywhere in Okemos even. “We live in an apartment complex and while there is some space for dogs to play, it’s just sometimes not enough,” Cripe said. “Also, it’s great for dogs to be able to socially interact with other dogs and people, to have open grassy spaces to play, which the Soldan Park lacks,” she added.