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OKC Animal Welfare launches Alive in the 405 campaign to reach goal for homeless pets

Post Date:06/24/2019 8:34 AM

OKC Animal Welfare is launching the Alive in the 405 awareness campaign to highlight ways you can help them reach their goal of finding a positive outcome for all of their healthy, adoptable homeless pets.

“We’ve come a long way in the last several years toward our goal of not only meeting, but exceeding the highest standards for a big-city animal welfare program,” said OKC Animal Welfare Superintendent Jon Gary. “In a lot of ways, the last few steps are harder than all of the leaps we’ve taken to this point. That’s why we hope Alive in the 405 helps spread the word about what we’re doing so we can enlist the public’s help.”

About Alive in the 405

Alive in the 405’s goal is a 90 percent live release rate for the animals cared for by OKC Animal Welfare.

The live release rate is the percentage of animals entering the shelter that leave the shelter alive by reuniting them with their owner, adoption, or transfer to one of our many partner groups.

A rate of 90 percent is considered a realistic goal for a large community like Oklahoma City, where many animals in our care have serious injuries, illnesses or uncorrectable behavior problems.

A generation ago, the live release rate in Oklahoma City was below 50 percent. In recent years, it has surged to more than 85 percent. We need your help to get over the top.

How to help

1. Adopt. Don’t shop. If you want to welcome a pet into your home, consider adopting one of the homeless animals at OKC Animal Welfare. All of our adoptable pets are microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations, treated for worms and spayed or neutered. We’re open for adoptions from noon to 5:30 p.m. every day but holidays at 2811 SE 29th Street.

2. Spay or neuter your pet. The best way to reduce overpopulation is to be a responsible pet owner by spaying or neutering your pet. We have a free spay-neuter program at OKC Animal Welfare for all Oklahoma City residents. Email awcommunityprograms@okc.gov or call (405) 313-1469 to make an appointment.

3. Volunteer. From kennel-cleaning and dog-walking to tasks that need specialized training, we’re always in need of volunteers. See the volunteers page at okc.gov/animalwelfare for details.

4. Donate. Our needs for supplies, medical funding and other important functions are only met through the generosity of donations. Visit the donation page at okc.gov/animalwelfare for details.

5. Foster. We need temporary homes for pets who need time to recover for surgery or illness, to grow big enough for adoption, to work on behavior issues or take a break from stressful shelter life. Check out the foster page at okc.gov/animalwelfare for details.

Visit okc.gov/animalwelfare to search for adoptable pets and get tips on responsible pet ownership.

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Media Contact
Jon Gary
(405) 297-3116
jonathan.gary@okc.gov

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