January 28, 2020

Animal Control requesting 2 percent grant to fund addition


STANDISH — The Arenac County Animal Control is seeking grant funding from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe’s percent distribution toward its expansion project, aimed at constructing an addition to the space out of which it is currently operating.

The addition would expand the lobby and front office area of the shelter, which Director Catherine Lemunyon said would substantially improve the shelter’s ability to perform its regular functions, such as animal intake, meetings with potential owners, bathing and other routine care of the animals.

The shelter’s request for $50,180 in grant funding toward the expansion project was submitted along with the rest of the Arenac County’s grant applications at the end of September. Lemunyon told the Independent in December of last year that the projected cost of the project was around $80,000. The shelter received $20,000 in tribal grant funding toward expansion last year.

Lemunyon said things tend to get crowded in the shelter’s current 10 feet by 12 feet space, and the addition would significantly increase its functionality and create a user-friendly space for the staff, community and animals.

While day-to-day functions can become complicated in the shelter’s current space, Lemunyon said that it proves especially problematic when it organizes its spay and neuter program once a month in cooperation with All About Animals Rescue in Flint, which provides a low-cost spay and neuter service.

The shelter was recognized by the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance as the most improved open-admission small shelter of 2017 for improving its live release rate by 13 percent. Lemunyon said that while it continues to work toward improving its services, donations and volunteers are always welcome.

“Everyone can do something, even something as small as sharing adoptable pets on the internet,” Lemunyon said. “We certainly appreciate all of (the community’s) support.”

Those interested in making a donation, inquiring about volunteer opportunities or signing up for the Arenac County Animal Control spay and neuter program can contact the shelter at (989) 846-4421.


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