Detroit’s animal shelter over-capacity, seeking more adoptions

Detroit Animal Care and Control officials are working to deal with an abundance of potential pets at their facility.

City police this week noted on Facebook that the space was experiencing overcrowding.

Adoption fees have been waived as the shelter seeks to address the issue, and that could last “ideally through the end of the month,” director Mark Kumpf told The Detroit News on Friday. 

The site on Chrysler Drive overseen by Detroit’s Health Department since fall 2015 has 84 kennels. But on Thursday, there were more than 170 animals, Kumpf said.

“In order for us to place animals for adoption, we have to have folks come visit the shelter, and recent weather has certainly not been very hospitable and cuts down on the foot traffic,” he said. “One thing the rain doesn’t stop is the animals coming in. So, the old cliché about a raining cats and dogs: well, they’ve been pouring into the shelter. And we need to place anywhere between 15 to 30 animals a day just to keep up with the number of animals coming in.”

Rex, one of the dogs that were available for adoption this week.

A planned shelter upgrade was slated to start last year, but was pushed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The city has plans to expand that, but that’s not going to happen overnight, so we are pretty much always trying to move (animals) out for adoption,” said Kumpf, who joined the city animal control in September 2019 as its fourth director in four years.