Animal welfare

Funding for Sand Springs animal welfare shelter upgrades on the ballot – FOX23 News

Video: Sand Springs Animal Welfare encourages residents to vote yes on funding proposal

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. – Sand Springs Animal Welfare encourages people to vote yes on a bond proposal that would provide the organization with a larger facility.

“We’ve really grown too big for our facility here, so we’re hoping to have bigger areas,” said Tracy Arvidson, animal welfare coordinator at Sand Springs.

The new facility should be at least twice the size of the current one. Arvidson told FOX23 how the facility would be used if residents voted in favor of the bond proposal.

“We’ll have meet and greet rooms so people can get to know the animals, so they know which ones fit best in their homes,” Arvidson said. “We will have isolation areas and quarantine areas, and areas for puppies and kittens.”

She also added that the need for more space is urgent, especially for needy cats.

“This shelter was not really designed for cats. So we’ll have really nice cat areas and freedom rooms where they can go out on the patio and all kinds of things like that,” Arvidson explained.

Currently, their facility is facing extreme overcrowding and the organization recently came close to euthanizing animals because of this issue.

Thankfully, Arvidson told FOX23 the public came out and Sand Springs Animal Welfare found 20 new dog homes.

“We had a really good response,” Arvidson said. “We had a lot of adoptions and several people volunteered. We’re really excited about this, and in the summer we’ll be hosting another $25 adoption event next month.

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