OKC Animal Welfare welcomes 114 animals in 1 day

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma City Animal Welfare is in crisis mode, welcoming 114 animals yesterday alone.

They are currently over capacity with over 400 dogs and over 130 cats in their facility.

“We are in a very bad situation where this morning we had 413 dogs,” said Jon Gary, superintendent of animal welfare. “It’s literally life or death when we hit that 400 number. That’s when it becomes critical when and frankly animals are euthanized just because we don’t have space for those who arrive.

Gary and his team face an impossible situation.

Their facility is currently at 131% capacity, accommodating 114 animals on Thursday alone.

Puppy at OKC Animal Welfare

No matter what they do, space is getting harder and harder to come by.

“Anytime an animal has to die just because we want a space to keep it, it’s a very difficult thing,” Gary said.

He wants the public to know that if they find an animal, animal welfare shouldn’t always be the first option.

“Only about 20% of dogs that come here and only about 1% of cats are picked up by their owners,” Gary said.

He says that’s why the first place you should go is online.

“Check social media sites, these, NextDoor apps, all those things where people might post for lost pets,” Gary said.

Cats in Oklahoma City Animal Welfare

You can also take the animal to the vet to check for a microchip.

Also, the Animal Welfare website is updated once an hour, so it’s a good place to look for your pet if you can’t do it in person, as for many it can be a reader.

The shelter is located on the outskirts of Oklahoma City, a city that already covers a lot of ground.

“People who lose pets in the northwest or even the southwest don’t realize that their pet, if it’s recovered by an officer or someone you know, a citizen in the public , that it’s going to be 30 minutes away from where they live,” Gary said.

Animal Welfare hopes to be able to hold another free adoption event soon.

A new shelter is in the works via MAPS, but it is not expected to be completed until 2026.

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