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OKC Animal Welfare reduces adoption fees

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KENDALL BLEAKLEY
  • Kendall Bleakley
Oklahoma City Animal Welfare announced today that it is temporarily lowering adoption fees to reduce shelter overcrowding.

“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 in a press release sent by the city. “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.”

The city also provided a list of changes made to Animal Welfare to help limit the spread of COVID-19 between visitors and employees 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.
In its statement, the city said, "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."

Though observation visiting is suspended, those looking to adopt a pet can visit Animal Welfare's website to view adoptable pets and their age, breed, gender and other descriptors.

OKC Animal Shelter, located at 2811 SE 29th St., is open for adoptions noon-5:30 p.m. every day except holidays.

Visit okc.gov/animalwelfare or call 405-297-3100.

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