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OKC animal shelter working to turn the tide against pet homelessness with adoption specials

Oreo, via OKC Animal Shelter

Oreo, via OKC Animal Shelter

OKLAHOMA CITY – If you are looking to add a new member to your family this month, Oklahoma City Animal Welfare is offering a special deal to help get dogs and cats into new homes.

Oklahoma City’s Animal Shelter is working to turn the tide against pet homelessness by competing in the Rachel Ray 100K Challenge, a competition to increase adoption rates at animal shelters nationwide.

A total of $600,000 in grants is at stake for shelters that adopt more animals in June, July and August than they did over the same three-month period in 2013.   The City’s Animal Shelter is one of 50 shelters across the U.S. participating in the competition.

“Our goal is to adopt more than 2,300 dogs and cats between June 1 and August 3,” acting Animal Welfare superintendent Jon Gary said. “We are committed to reaching this goal and saving as many pet lives as possible.

The City’s campaign will kick off with a 24-hour “Rock around the Clock” adoption event that begins at midnight on Friday, June 6 and ends at midnight on Saturday, June 7 at McDonalds at NW Expressway and Council.

During the event, adoption fees for kittens will be $30 and cats are free. Dogs and puppies can be adopted for $60. The Bella Foundation will be onsite microchipping adopted animals for $10. PetSmart is giving away adoption packets with coupons and specials and McDonalds will have food specials. All adoptable dogs and cats are sterilized, vaccinated and treated for fleas and ticks.

The City’s campaign theme is “Come adopt a rock star,” and the slogan is “2,300 adoptions, 92 days, 1 city.”

The shelter that does the best job of engaging its community members in helping to save more animals will win $25,000. Organizations that do the best in their divisions will be eligible for between $10,000 and $25,000 in additional grants.

For more information, visit the shelter’s website.