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Turbo, Penny, Ripley, Frank, Arnie, Sabrina – these are just the names of a few of the 40+ cats and dogs at Mason County Animal Control waiting to find homes.

The animals stand at attention, huddling against their cages when someone enters the room, meowing or barking – dogs’ tails wag and cats’ paws flapping out from behind tiny bars – hoping to be taken to a place without cages. where she can play and get affection from a loving family.

The main problem the shelter faces? overcrowding.

It’s become an ongoing problem since the summer, and community members are being asked to consider adopting one of the shelter’s many dogs, cats and kittens, some of whom have been there for months.

Mason County Animal Controller Sarah Colbrook said the shelter is “working at full capacity right now” with “10 dogs and 31 cats.”

Finding a home is becoming increasingly urgent for some of them; it interferes with the shelter’s ability to accommodate new animals, resulting in a “waiting list” at the shelter as there simply isn’t enough space to accommodate more animals.

To make matters worse, pet adoption rates have been falling, which Colbrook is trying to change.

“I want to reach out to the community and see if people want to adopt a cat or a dog,” she said.

The public has the opportunity to do just that — and at a lower cost — through Monday, as the $25 adoption fee is waived through the end of the month.

The adoption fee will also be waived during an upcoming “Adopt-a-pet” event taking place on Thursday, November 17 from 3-6 p.m. and Friday, November 18 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and Saturday, November 18 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m November 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

During the adoption event, the only cost to bring one of the animals home is a $25 refundable deposit for spaying and neutering, which will be returned to the adopting family upon the completion of the process.

Colbrook said she hopes people will come out either during the adoption event or earlier to check out the available animals and hopefully take a few home.

Colbrook said adoptions have been declining for several months and the number of animals at the center – mostly unclaimed strays – has been increasing over the past six months or so.

“The number of adoptions is really declining right now,” Colbrook said. “I’m not sure people just don’t want pets right now given the rising cost of everything, but our adoption rate has gone down.”

It’s not just Mason County, Colbrook said. Overcrowding was a problem across the region.

Colbrook has tried taking animals to animal shelters in neighboring counties, but they, too, are all booked.

She said she began taking note of the overpopulation problem earlier this year.

“In July or August we noticed that our adoption rates were going down, and since then they’ve been going down slowly,” Colbrook said, adding that there were almost no successful adoptions in September or October.

Most of the animals at the shelter are strays, Colbrook said. If no one claims a stray, the animal is put up for adoption.

There are some who, according to Colbrook, have been waiting “five or six months” at the animal control facility.

Mason County Animal Control has managed to avoid euthanizing animals for space for several years, and Colbrook said she wants to continue that streak. But this requires the help of the community.

“We’re not investigating that at this time,” Colbrook said. “We’re trying to explore other options and stay away from them, so we need to increase our adoption numbers again.”

One of the many factors contributing to the problem of overcrowding, Colbrook says, is certainly the lack of awareness among pet owners of the importance of spaying and neutering animals.

She said the overabundance of animals being housed at the shelter is most likely due to this, and encouraged people to get their pets fixed.

The shelter not only needs people to get up and bring some of the animals home, but also volunteers – people to walk the dogs and play with the cats. It keeps the animals in a better mood, socializes them, and makes them calmer and friendlier when potential new families drop by.

For more information about adopting a cat or dog or volunteering, contact Colbook at Mason County Animal Control at (231) 843-8644.

The shelter at 305 N. Meyers Road behind the Ludington Walmart in Pere Marquette Township is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 12pm and Wednesday and Thursday from 3pm to 6pm.

Those interested in fostering a cat or dog can also contact Colbrook, who can refer them to local organizations that will facilitate this process.

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