NORMAN — The Norman Animal Shelter held an open house and clinic Saturday to offer low-cost pet care services and tours to highlight the need for a new shelter.
For a nominal fee, pet owners could get their animals vaccinated and dewormed. The clinic also offered nail trims and microchip implants at a reduced rate.
Residents will go to the polls Nov. 8 to decide if they want to approve a five-year, $3 million general obligation bond issue to fund a new animal welfare shelter.
If voters approve the bond proposal, the cost would be added to their property taxes.
Finance Director Anthony Francisco said a five-year bond would add an average of 93 cents a month or $11.21 a year to the tax on a $100,000 piece of property.
Thousands of adoptable animals are euthanized each year because the city's animal shelter is inadequate to house or care for them, city officials said.
The shelter, 3428 Jenkins Ave., is more than 30 years old. It is stacked with cages, has an inadequate ventilation system to control disease and odor, and provides little outdoor play space, officials said.