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Kent County Animal Shelter plans for scanner expansion

Kent County Animal Shelter Director Angela Hollinshead scans a dog.
Kent County Animal Shelter
Kent County Animal Shelter Director Angela Hollinshead scans a dog.

A 24-hour pet microchip scanner installed in Cedar Springs is deemed a success and now
Kent County will introduce more scanners countywide

“The reader that we put at the north county facility is hopefully the first of many.”

Kent County Animal Shelter Director Angela Hollinshead says the scanner allows anyone who has found a lost pet to scan for a microchip themselves, contact the chip company and connect with the pet’s owner. Now, there are plans to install more scanners throughout the county.

“We are looking at placing our next microchip scanning station on the front of the Kent County Animal Shelter.”

Hollinshead says the benefit of these scanners allows 24-hour access to residents, where other places like a veterinary office are often only open during normal business hours.

“If those after-hours situations happen where somebody is taking a jog around the block at 8 o’clock at night and they stumble upon a stray dog, they now have the opportunity to use one of those stations and hopefully that next one is going to be right here on our building.”

Hollinshead also says that right now the shelter is at capacity with 123 animals. They’ll be holding a dog adoption event, reducing their adoption fee to $50.

“Last week, we’re so happy we adopted out 14 dogs, but then during that time frame, we took in 21 additional dogs, so we are extending that adoption event to the end of this week.”

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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