5 Things You Can Do to Reduce Pet Overpopulation

Each year in Oklahoma, tens of thousands of healthy, adoptable animals are destroyed. Although great progress has been made, fewer than half of the animals that enter the Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter each year will leave there alive. Not only is this a harsh reality, it’s also a drain on resources and tax dollars that could be better utilized to serve our communities.

Turning these statistics around so that we are saving more animals than we are destroying is not only humane, it would be beneficial for our communities. As daunting as the task may seem, it is not impossible. In fact, many communities around the nation are considered “no kill” because they have achieved a 90% live release rate at their municipal shelters. In order to get there, it will take the entire community to make important choices about their pets. Here’s how individuals can help:

DON’T INTENTIONALLY BREED YOUR PET There are enough animals that need homes without adding more. Shelters are overcrowded and too many animals that enter shelters are put to sleep due to lack of homes.  If your pet has puppies or kittens, they could end up in a shelter. In addition, every puppy or kitten sold or given away by an owner that breeds their pet means there is one more shelter animal that will not find a home. Don’t contribute to the number of unwanted pets and deaths.

SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PET Spay and neuter will reduce the number of animals that enter municipal shelters by reducing the number of unwanted pets. As an added bonus, it also prevents undesirable behavior and health risks which can shorten the life of your best friend. Furthermore, in many Oklahoma communities including the City of Tulsa, it is required by law. Low-cost spay and neuter services are available in most communities for qualifying households.

ADOPT YOUR NEXT PET FROM AN AREA RESCUE OR SHELTER The quality of animals available through shelters and rescues is astounding. Looking for a specific breed?  It is estimated that 25% of the dogs that enter shelters are pure bred and there are breed specific rescues for every type of dog imaginable. Keep in mind when you adopt a pet, you are actually saving two lives because you make space for another pet to get a second chance. Check out our Partners page for a list of rescues in your area.

BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER Make a commitment to give your pet the care it needs for its lifetime. Make sure that you are in a place in your life to make this commitment. Pets that are relinquished due to changes in their owner’s lives such as divorce, birth of a child or moving make up a large percentage of animals found in shelters and rescues. Also, make sure your pet always has proper identification in case it is lost.

SPREAD THE WORD The greatest defense to our pet overpopulation crisis is a well-informed community. Make sure that your friends and family are aware of the pet overpopulation crisis and how their personal actions can help solve or contribute to the problem.

Spay Oklahoma Provides Low Cost Spay & Neuter Services

Spay Oklahoma is a nonprofit organization established in 2004 which provides high quality low cost services to needy pet owners.
Spay Oklahoma is able to keep their prices affordable for low income pet owners through donations and grants, such as the funding provided by Oklahoma Alliance for Animals during our Hip to Snip campaign.

Prices include a rabies vaccine. Additional financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.

Appointments are required. Please contact the Tulsa Clinic at 918.728.3144 and the Bixby Clinic at 918.970.4222.

For more information, visit www.spayok.org.

Getting to No More Homeless Pets in Tulsa

Almost 12,000 animals entered the Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter in 2012.

Only 651 were reclaimed by their owners.

Only 2,533 were adopted.

1,056 were pulled by dedicated area rescue groups.

The rest – nearly 7,500 – were destroyed because they didn’t have a home.

We can turn these numbers around.

Cities across the U.S. are doing it every day.

Vigo County, IN. Tompkins County, NY. San Diego, CA. Albemarle County, VA. Washoe County, NV. Dane County, WI.  Bartlesville. Stillwater. Oklahoma City.

How? It takes commitment and hard work from the community. Everyone working together.

You can make a difference.

Be part of the solution to pet homelessness in Tulsa.

Sponsor-a-Spay. Donate $50 to OAA and you can help a needy family spay or neuter their pet to prevent unwanted litters.

Volunteer Your Time. Spend the day saving lives by volunteering with OAA at Tulsa Animal Welfare. Click her to fill out a Volunteer Profile.

Spread the Word.

  • Update your Facebook status asking others to support this cause: “Join me in ending our homeless pet crisis in Tulsa.” and share a link to this page. http://bit.ly/jJNVCz
  • Tweet out this message: “Let’s end our homeless pet crisis in Tulsa. Be part of the solution.” Share the link to this page.  http://bit.ly/jJNVCz
  • Talk to your friends and family about how they can help.

Spay and Neuter Your Pet. It’s the number one way to reduce the number of animals the enter shelters each year.

Make Adoption Your First Option. Adopt your next pet from a local shelter or rescue.

With your help, we can create positive change for pets in Tulsa.

Thank you for your support!

 

5 Reasons It’s Hip to Snip

There’s nothing cooler than ending pet overpopulation. But there are other reasons you should consider spay and neuter for your pets.

  1. It reduces the number of homeless pets in area shelters. Oklahoma has a severe pet overpopulation problem and as a result, tens of thousands of pets are destroyed in our state each year due to lack of homes.  Altering your pet will eliminate the possibility that its offspring will be part of this harsh reality.
  2. It prevents unwanted litters. Even if you don’t plan to breed your pet, accidental pregnancies happen and many accidental litters occur because owners thought their pet was too young to reproduce. Many of these animals end up at shelters where they are ultimately destroyed. Altering your pet will save you the expense and trouble of dealing with a litter of unwanted puppies or kittens, as well as prevent potential offspring from being homeless.
  3. It’s required by law in Tulsa and many communities. The City of Tulsa has an ordinance which requires all dogs and cats over the age of six months to be spayed or neutered. Similar ordinances exist in an increasing number of cities and towns in our state.
  4. It’s good for your pet’s health. Sterilization of your cat or dog will minimize the risks of diseases associated with reproductive organs such as testicular cancer or pyometra.
  5. It makes your pet a better companion. Altering your pet decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites and desire to fight with other male dogs.  It also reduces an animal’s desire to escape from its home in search of a mate.  Sterilization also reduces or eliminates undesirable behavior such as spraying, marking and mounting.

If you haven’t spayed or neutered your pet, please consider acting now and be part of the solution to Oklahoma’s pet overpopulation problem. If you have, now is the time to share with others the reasons why they should do so.

For more information about low cost spay and neuter promotions during the month of February, click here.

40 Dogs Rescued from OKC Area Puppy Mill

Click here to see video coverage from KOCO in Oklahoma City.

This incident serves as a good reminder to people to be sure they are getting a dog from a reputable breeder.  While OAA strongly advocates adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue as this plays a large role in overcoming our pet overpopulation problem, we urge those that purchase dogs from breeders to do their homework. Continue reading