With 112 adoptions in five days, City of Tulsa Animal Welfare has alleviated some of the overcrowding at the shelter, but it still needs help with the pets that arrive daily.
On July 28, the city’s shelter was at 156% capacity and faced tough decisions about euthanasia for space if dog adoptions didn’t increase immediately. Over the next five days, 112 pets were adopted.
Oklahoma Alliance for Animals executive director Erin Shackelford said “it was a sense of urgency” that contributed to the large number of adoptions.
“I think waiving the adoption fee helped, but also offering the dog goodie bag to all dogs adopted through the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals was another big draw for people considering adoption,” she said. Shackleford said.
There were 83 dogs, 28 cats and one rabbit adopted from Tulsa Animal Welfare with help from the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, community partners, news and social media.
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“Getting the word out through other channels, involving the media, has really helped the community learn about the immense need for adoptions that is in the city’s shelter,” Shackelford said.
Oklahoma Alliance for Animals has worked with Tulsa Animal Welfare to save animal lives, but adoptions are still needed to support the city of Tulsa shelter.
More than 100 dogs and 20 cats are available for adoption at Tulsa Animal Welfare, according to Shackelford.
“If they’re not adopted or moved, then (euthanasia) becomes a real threat again,” she said.
Because Tulsa Animal Welfare is an open-admission, managed-admission shelter, staff members are constantly dealing with new animals arriving daily.
“They’re over capacity and understaffed most of the time, but they’re not turning people away,” Shackelford said.
A nationwide pet adoption campaign called Clear the Shelters began Aug. 1, she said, with a push from NBC and Telemundo stations.
“Always encourage people to adopt rescues and shelters rather than buying pets,” Shackelford said. “If you are not able to adopt at this time, all of our rescues and even Tulsa Animal Welfare are accepting foster families, so you can temporarily house a dog or cat until they find their home. home forever.”
Another thing pet owners can do specifically to help prevent pet overpopulation is to spay and neuter their pets. Oklahoma Alliance for Animals offers low-cost neutering and neutering services.
“Encouraging everyone to spay and neuter is key and helps reduce the overcrowding issues we have here in our city and across the state,” Shackelford said.