Oklahoma City Animal Shelter Rescue
According to News OK, private capital allowed new infrastructure, like quarantine facilities, to be built while new programming for community outreach developed. Since then, the live release rate has skyrocketed to 60 percent and is expected to continue to rise to 75 percent.
The shelter's first private partner came with Christy Counts, president of the Central OK Humane Society. Funding from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) now flows to the shelter through Counts' group, and PetSmart Charities and other groups have also proved valuable partners.
Donations and grant money funded new positions at the shelter. The humane society built a quarantine facility on the site, where adoptable dogs can be screened for health issues and shipped to states that need more pets. Community outreach programs grew. The city committed to not reducing its budget despite the inflow of private dollars. Veterinarians stepped up by providing low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. Creative programs like one that scoops up stray cats before sterilizing them and returning them to neighborhoods helps reduce the number of animals that come through the door.
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