“We have no choice,” Oklahoma shelter says euthanizations are imminent after running out of room

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - A local animal shelter is hoping for a miracle this Christmas.

The Midwest City Animal Shelter says they are overflowing with dogs.

In all, 24 kennels are full with puppies and dogs of all shapes and sizes.

In some cases, a kennel will house two or three dogs at a time.

Organizers say the dogs are not being adopted and more are being dropped off each day.

 Since it is a municipal shelter, workers have to accept any animal that comes in, meaning they need to make room for more.

It’s bad news for some of the dogs.

One by one, each of these dogs has found themselves locked up.

At this point, they are all orphans in need of a home as soon as possible.

 “We do our best to house what we can, but when the time comes that we are extremely full, we have no choice but to euthanize animals,” said Adrian Sanders, with Midwest City Animal Welfare.

They have had dozens of animals dropped off recently.

Shelter officials say they hate to euthanize and will keep an animal as long as possible.

However, the kennels are at capacity, which means they have to make room.

“We want to adopt them out. We don't want to put animals to sleep, but when we run out of room, we have no choice,” said Sanders.

They've tried adoption events and even Facebook posts urging Oklahomans to save a life because there's no room left at this "inn."

Sadly, the pups who have been here the longest are in need of a Christmas miracle to save their lives.

The shelter is also currently overrun with stray dogs.

They hold them for five days before putting them up for adoption.

“We have some very good dogs here that come in and we know they belong to someone but we don't know who,” said Sanders.

Even if you can't adopt right now, the shelter says there are ways you can help these pups.

“Everyone says, 'I wish I could do something, I wish I could do something.' Everyone can do something. It's as easy as getting on our Facebook page and hitting the share button. You never know who of your friends might be looking for an animal,” said Sanders.

The Midwest City Animal Shelter is located at  7221 N.E. 36th St.

Adoption fees are $45 for a pet who is spayed or neutered.

They also have cats available, but are in less desperate need of space in that part of the shelter.

For more information, visit the shelter's Facebook page.

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