Are you thinking of getting a dog or cat? Now is a good time, say officials from the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Don Hayduk, director of the facility said that they are 90 to 95 percent full and need to move some animals soon.
“By law, as an animal control shelter, we have to take in any [strays],” said Hayduk. That means when they get full, they may have to euthanize dogs or cats if they are unable to adopt them out.
“That is absolutely as a last resort,” said Hayduk, “and fortunately we haven’t had to do that in a few years, for dogs, anyway. Cats are another story.”
The shelter gets animals from a variety of sources, including the sheriff’s department, strays, and animals turned in from owners whose ability to care for them changes.
Hayduk said that they normally are able to adopt pets out to foster homes or rescue groups, but said there is a glut in the system. In order to sweeten the pot, the facility has lowered prices to $70 per dog and $40 for cats. The cost includes spaying and neutering, de-wormer, flea treatment, distemper, Felavac, rabies vaccination and any other needs while they are in our care. Mandatory microchipping of bully breeds is $20.
Over time, the prices will be raised back up. Beginning Sept. 26, the prices will be hiked to $90 per dog and $60 per cat, and on Oct. 3 will be bumped to $110 per dog and $80 per cat.
To learn more, call the shelter at 517-788-4464. They are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m. They are open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.