UPDATE: Ingham County Animal Shelter Overflowing with Cats

UPDATE: The mid-Michigan community really stepped up after a story on FOX 47 News, about overcrowding at a local animal shelter. Ingham County Animal Control tells us several people signed up to be foster parents after seeing our story last week. Even more promised to follow up today, in case any more cats were brought in over the holiday weekend. The director of the shelter, Jamie McAloon Lampman, tells us it was a close call, but no animals had to be euthanized to make room for all the drop-offs.


The Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is out of space, and that could mean euthanizing animals to make more room.

  • The facility is overflowing with cats, specifically after getting dozens of drop-offs the past couple of days, and it's probably going to get worse.

  • Cinnamon Simpson is currently a foster mom to five cats and seven kittens from the shelter. "It's a very rewarding feeling," Simpson said. "You're saving lives."

  • But even having nine lives isn't enough right now. The "Kitty Kingdom" at Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is overpopulated and in jeopardy, with nearly 140 cats in the building that usually fits about 100.

  • "We've had them coming in by the box loads, we've had litters," Director Jamie McAloon-Lampman said. "We've just gone over that cliff, and we need help to avoid the inevitable euthanization of animals due to lack of space."

  • They fear it won't slow down any time soon unless more people step in to foster. The "Kitty Kingdom" is considered full with about 25 cats, and right now there's at least 30 taking up every surface.

  • "It's very crowded in here, kinda a little over crowded," frequent visitor Fran Loepke said. "So, I think I'm going to adopt a cat and maybe look into fostering a couple of them at a time."

  • The shelter helps with the costs and offers an orientation, but they're expecting an even bigger rush of drop-offs before the holiday weekend. So, anyone that can foster for the next four weeks will help them avoid euthanization and keep the current cats happy.

  • "When we stress the population, you stress the animals, you stress the staff, and the animals start getting sick," McAloon-Lampman said.

  • To prevent over population in the first place, the shelter encourages spaying and neutering. Voiceless Michigan offers low cost and even free services for both family pets and feral cats.

  • "We can help prevent that 'whoops litter,'" President of Voiceless Michigan Holly Thoms said. "That's one more litter of kittens that doesn't end up being given away on the side of the road with a free kittens sign."

  • To most people, kittens should be considered priceless.

  • "They all want homes," Loepke said. "They all need a home."

  • You can contact the Ingham County Animal Shelter and Control about becoming a foster home here: jmcaloon@ingham.org.

  • The shelter is open on Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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