Montcalm County Animal Shelter awarded $9,950 adoption grant

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:47 am on Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead has new hope for many of the cats and dogs at the animal shelter in Stanton after receiving a grant from the Bissell Pet Foundation to assist with the new Adoption Days program. — Daily News/Cory Smith

STANTON — Animal adoptions will be free for three months in Montcalm County, thanks to a grant.

Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead recently obtained a $9,950 grant from the Bissell Pet Foundation.

“This is huge for us,” Hollinshead recently told the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners. “This is the first grant, that I know of, that the animal shelter has ever received.”

Montcalm County Animal Shelter kennel attendant John Davis spends a moment petting Sadie, a stray dog currently staying at the shelter in Stanton on Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

The average adoption cost for a dog is about $130, including vaccines and spay/neuter surgery. Starting on Oct. 3, dogs and cats at the animal shelter will be available for free adoption continuing until Dec. 31, or as long as grant funds remain.

Hollinshead plans to celebrate the grant with a kick-off Adoption Days event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Animal Shelter in Stanton. The event will feature fun events for children and adults alike including a bubble table, face painting, pumpkin painting, pet photos and various other games and prizes. Pets will also be available for adoption at the event.

It’s going to be a good few months for the shelter,” Hollinshead said. “I hope all the animals get adopted and they get loving homes and they stay in their loving homes.”

Montcalm County commissioners were excited to hear Hollinshead’s good news.

“Great work,” Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr said. “Congratulations. Thank you. Good luck.”

Call Animal Control at (989) 831-7355 for more information about free adoptions or to donate animal supplies to the animal shelter or to donate prizes for the Oct. 3 event.

The Bissell Pet Foundation was created in 2011 by Cathy Bissell to address the growing problem of displaced, unwanted and homeless animals in the United States and to help every animal find a home.

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