“We need help,” Oklahoma City animal shelter over capacity

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Employees at a local animal shelter are asking for help saving the lives of abandoned animals.

On Tuesday, officials with Oklahoma City Animal Welfare said they are in need of volunteers, donations and families who are looking to adopt a pet.

Animal Welfare Superintendent Jon Gary said more than 650 animals are in the shelter right now, which normally has a capacity of about 450 homeless pets.

More than 2,300 animals were dropped off at the shelter in June, and it hasn't slowed down.

“We reached our longtime goal last year of saving the lives of at least 75 percent of the animals in our care – in fact, we reached 80 percent for the first time ever,” said Gary. “But if we can’t reduce overcrowding in the shelter this summer, euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals is inevitable. We need help.”

All adoptable animals at the shelter are microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations and are spayed or neutered.

If you can't adopt, you can foster, volunteer your time or donate items to the shelter.

Visit okc.gov/animalwelfare or call (405) 297-3100 for details on adopting, fostering, volunteering or donating.

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