EDMOND, Okla. — The Edmond Animal Shelter is overcrowded and authorities say spring break is to blame. Dogs and cats are being voluntarily surrendered so their owners can soak in the sun or hit the ski slopes.
Shelter employee Catherine Temple said, “When it comes to spring break or Christmas, they drop them off rather than pay boarding fees and many times they just lie about the reason.”
Shelter workers have heard every excuse, from loss of a job to allergies to bad with children. Shelter officials say the dates on the “date of surrender” tags tell a different story.
They see a huge spike in mid-March.
Temple said, “It makes them feel better about themselves I think, which is really a shame.”
Boarding a pet for a week at a kennel can cost at least $100 depending on the size of your dog. Most legitimate kennels require that pets be vaccinated, too.
So, if your pet doesn’t have all its shots, it can be even more expensive.
Officials say those are additional expenses some Oklahomans simply don’t want to pay right before a pricey vacation.
Temple told us, “We are out of space right now. That’s why they all need to get new homes.”
The Edmond Animal Shelter is hopeful they can place the dogs and cats in new homes where they’ll be treated like members of the family, not an expendable nuisance.