Animal welfare

OKC Animal Welfare grapples with an overflow of dogs

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma City Animal Welfare is in desperate need of the community’s help.

On Friday morning, the shelter is seated at 156% capacity for shelter dogs. Officials say the shelter was only supposed to house 297 dogs, but currently houses 462.

Authorities are asking the public to do their part to help these animals find loving homes.

“If you find a lost animal, their chances of returning home are much greater if they are kept in the area they are in,” said Jon Gary, Superintendent of Animal Welfare.

He says if you find a lost animal and can keep it for a few days, do what you can to research the owner on social media sites before taking it to the shelter.

“Less than 20% of dogs are picked up once they come through our doors. And they are much more likely to return home if left in the area where they are,” Gary said.

Additionally, residents who are considering having a pet are encouraged to come to the shelter and adopt.

“We have over 100 dogs available for adoption and have been for several months. Currently over 400 dogs are in our shelter and we need all the help we can get them into a house and out of our building,” he said.

Finally, pet owners are encouraged to spay and neuter their pets to prevent the population of homeless animals from growing even further.