Tina Walton has been volunteering at the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter, 600 Curtis St., in Mason, for four years. Walton started by donating items to the shelter with her friend, but the shelter’s volunteer coordinator Teresa Carter suggested they volunteer for a more hands-on experience. “Being that I love animals, hands-on was like, ‘Oh yeah, this is what I want to do,’” Walton said. Now Walton volunteers regularly, often staying from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to do dishes and laundry, clean cages and tend to the cats’ needs. Like all shelters, Walton said Ingham County’s shelter deals with overcrowding — a problem caused by owners’ neglect to spay and neuter their pets. Adoption fees range from $17 to $130 for cats, dogs and other pets.
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