Oklahoma Alliance for Animals is taking steps to reduce abandoned and unwanted animals in Oklahoma’s shelters with an initiative called Fix 5000.
Tulsa County’s "Spay Oklahoma” clinic offers reduced-cost spay and neuter surgeries to low income households. But the clinic is overbooked and struggles to keep up with demand, said Ruth Steinberger, director of outreach for Oklahoma Alliance for Animals.
To spay or neuter animals from low income households, the Alliance is building partnerships with several county veterinary offices in northeast Oklahoma. The first of these clinics began performing low-cost surgeries today. Dr. Bill Mitchell at Bristow Veterinary Hospital will offer the reduced-cost surgeries each Thursday for animals in Creek County and nearby areas. If your household income is $35,000 or less, your pet qualifies for a reduced-cost spay or neuter. Call (918) 367-2397.
Steinberger said the Alliance is working to bring clinics to Pawnee, Rogers, Washington and Haskell counties.
"It is the only way to address the spiraling increase in numbers of unwanted animals. It is the only way to decrease the suffering,” Steinberger said.
She said that since Jean Letcher took the position as Tulsa’s Animal Welfare Department facility manager, animal intakes in Tulsa County shelters have dropped because city officials began enforcing spay and neuter ordinances.