ICAC offering dogs shelter this winter

MASON, MI (WLNS) – When the weather outside is frightful, providing pets a warm home is a must.

It’s something the Ingham County Animal Shelter is offering and they are asking for the communities help.

“It’s really important; it literally could mean life or death for some of these animals.”

Animals freezing to death this winter are a serious concern. Ingham County Animal Control is hoping to prevent it from happening and want your help.

“A dog house is the best way to do that. Any dog that’s going to be outside for more than 15 minutes at a time in the cold weather will need a dog house,” said Ashley Hayes, Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter.

The shelter is looking for dog houses that can be distributed to pet owners who can’t buy a house for their pet.

“Times aren’t so great economically and there’s a lot of people who love their pets and don’t want to give them up but don’t have the resources to buy a dog house,” said John Dinon, director, Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter.

The Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter developed the program by discovering a need in the community.

“We investigate cruelty here in the county and every year we see dogs that are without adequate shelter.”

There are other needs as well, not just dog houses when it comes time to the frigid winter months.

“Like having for them to burrow in heated water source not putting blankets in there because once the snow melts and refreezes it’s basically a sheet of ice dogs are laying on,” said Ashley Hayes, Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter.

Because at the end of the day it’s all about keeping our precious pets safe this winter.

“We really don’t want to write people tickets or prosecute them for animal cruelty. What we want to do is help them care for their dogs appropriately so providing them with shelter is a great step in that direction,” said John Dinon, director, Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter.

And that means one community at a time.

Dog houses can be donated or picked up at the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter in Mason or at the ICAC Outreach Center in Lansing.

For more information, visit ac.ingham.org.

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