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Madison Heights Animal Shelter Expands, Open House June 13

waterworkTOP_whiteMadison Heights Animal royal_servicesShelter Expands, Open House June 13

(Crystal A. Proxmire, June 11, 2015)

The kitties can now sleep better at the Madison Heights Animal Shelter. The City-run facility added on, giving them a way to keep the cats at a distance from the dogs.

“Before the expansion the animals were housed together in one section with cat cages on top of or right next to the dogs.  Cats especially stress very easy and when they are stressed their immune system drops and they become sick.  We only had  two dog kennels.  If we had more than two dogs they had to be in cages.  Before the expansion we had very little storage area and cleaning was more difficult due to the small space.  All linens had to be taken home by volunteers to be washed.  The expansion now provides a separate area for cats and a separate Reid_Sally_115area for dogs, we now have indoor/outdoor kennels for the dogs, we have much more storage and area to work, and we now have a washer/dryer for cleaning of all our linens,” said Animal Control Officer Suzette Gysel

“The shelter can now house 7 dogs and 14 cats.  On average day, the shelter has two dogs and six cats, though there is really such a thing as an average day.”

The expansion cost $40,500 with $30,000 coming from a private animal foundation and the remainder from fundraising and private donations. Special thanks was given on their flier thanking Ventura & Associates, Howell Construction, Exclusive Imagery and Best way 03 honky tonk

“This project could not of happened without the hard work of a lot of people such as the volunteers who work at the shelter every day, Police Chief Roberts, Deputy Chief Haines, Hiller Elementary, Lamphere High School, the architect Ventura and Associates, Howell Construction and all the Madison Heights residents who have supported the shelter for many years,” Gysek said.

Several cities have Oakland County Animal Control handling dog licensing and complaints. But for cities like Madison Heights, the personal response and knowledge of an in-house program seem worth the investment.

“I am not sure of the exact numbers of cities that have contracted with Oakland County, HoweverHowesLocation in southern Oakland County I know that the Cities of Madison Heights, Royal Oak, Berkley and Hazel Park still have their own Animal Control. The advantages of a city’s own animal control officer is timely response, familiarity of the city streets, business, and residents and their animals.  The city has its own animal license program and their own animal ordinances which may be stronger laws than the county laws.  It is also beneficial to the city’s police officers to work with an animal control officer with whom they are familiar with.” Gysel has been with the City of Madison Heights for 19 years, the last ten of which she was in animal control. Part of that time was spent also working in Animal Control in Hazel Park.

Madison Heights Animal Control took in 329 animals so far in 2015. Of those, 37% (109) were dickeys_graduation_ad_ferndalereturned to their owners. 169 animals were adopted through rescues organizations and only 19 have been transferred to Oakland County. Of the 329, 28 were owner surrenders.

Residents and guests will have a chance to tour the new facility and enjoy hotdogs and treats (people and animal) shelter t-shirts for sale for $20.00, and raffle prizes.

The shelter will also be having their 2nd yard sale on July 24th & 25th at the Madison Heights Senior Center.

The open house is at 801 Ajax Drive on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from noon to 3pm, with a presentation at 12:30.

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