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OKC Animal Welfare makes COVID-19 related changes, reduces adoption fees

Post Date:03/20/2020 9:17 AM

OKC Animal Welfare is making changes to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect public safety, and temporarily reducing adoption fees to help reduce overcrowding in the shelter.

Through at least April 12:

  • Only 20 visitors will be allowed inside the OKC Animal Welfare shelter.
  • Drop-off of stray animals will be moved to a drive-through area to reduce the number of people who need to enter the shelter.
  • Volunteer work inside the shelter is suspended.
  • Observation visiting is suspended.
  • Adoption and volunteer events are canceled
  • Adoption fees are $30.

The reduction in adoption fees is critical to ensure animals are still adopted as OKC Animal Welfare enters its busy season. The other changes will make it as safe as possible to continue normal operations and protect residents, employees and homeless pets.

“Everything is moving quickly, as we all know, so we will alert everyone if we have to make more changes,” said OKC Animal Welfare Superintendent Jon Gary. “We will be doing our best to follow the latest public health guidance, and provide the safest possible environment for everyone while we provide these critical services.”

Updates about all City services and other local guidance and resources are being posted daily at covid19.okc.gov.

The OKC Animal Welfare shelter, 2811 SE 29th Street, is open for adoptions noon to 5:30 p.m. every day but holidays.

All adoptable animals at OKC Animal Welfare are up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, treated for worms and spayed or neutered.

For more information, visit okc.gov/animalwelfare or call (405) 297-3100.

OKC Animal Welfare launched the Alive in the 405 campaign last year to raise awareness about reaching its longtime goal of a 90% live release rate. Click here for more information about Alive in the 405.

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

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