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Officials with the City of Oklahoma City say the animal shelter is being overrun with cats.
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“It happens,” said Jon Gary, Oklahoma City Animal Shelter's unit operations supervisor. “There are a lot of big, open areas in Oklahoma City. Every now and then, we'll get a stray horse.”
Cats and dogs at Oklahoma City's animal shelter have a friend in the pet food business.
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When a beloved four-legged member of the family is missing, it can be traumatic. The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter recognizes that and works to reunite missing pets with owners. The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter is hosting a vaccination and microchip clinic for dogs and cats later this month.
Photo provided by FlickrThe Oklahoma City Animal Shelter also offers free spaying and neutering for pets in the Oklahoma City limits.
Photo provided by FlickrThe Oklahoma City Animal Shelter is kicking off October by waiving adoption fees for cats and discounting fees for dogs.
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This is a job no one wants and most people don't like to think about. But it is necessary, primarily because so many pet owners refuse to spay or neuter their animals. The good news is that Oklahoma City's animal shelter is reducing the number of adoptable animals destroyed each year, but it has a long way to go.The joint goal of the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter and the Central OK Humane Society is for three out of every four animals at the shelter to be released alive. Under that scenario, the only animals to be euthanized at the shelter would be those with serious health or behavior problems that render them unadoptable, which currently represents about a quarter of the animals that find their way to the shelter.Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Superintendent Jon Gary says that the shelter is at full capacity after nearly 2,500 animals were taken in throughout the month of June.ZIP codes in Oklahoma City from which the largest percentage of animals at the shelter come from are being targeted for outreach programs that help low-income families sterilize their pets to reduce the number of new litters. Some of the effects from other programs already under way should have an increasing effect on the live release rate this year and next. Efforts to line up more people to foster litters of adoptable puppies and sick dogs could save lives, as will a new humane society program to ship adoptable surplus to states with pet shortages.After seeing euthanasia shoot up in 2007, the city set a goal of becoming a "no-kill" shelter, meaning no adoptable pets are euthanized. The city has made progress, in part because of strong partnerships with local groups, including the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.Bootsy, a 2-year-old pit bull terrier mix wounded by other dogs in an attack caught on video, has healed and will soon be ready for adoption from the Oklahoma City animal shelter.