The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter is celebrating “Dogtoberfest” this month with half-price adoptions of puppies and dogs and events each Saturday to help local families find pets.
Dogs and puppies can be adopted at the shelter for $25 through the end of October. The weekend events will feature everything from dog agility demonstrations to low-cost microchip implants and Halloween-themed activities.
The shelter has brought in a variety of local groups to be part of the weekend events, which is a new addition to previous efforts to boost dog adoptions in October.
“This is a big deal for us, because we haven't done it like this before. It's really exciting for the staff and volunteers, and of course we're hoping for lots of adoptions of our shelter pets,” said Catherine English, manager of the Animal Welfare Division of the city's Development Services Department.
The goal is 900 pet adoptions by the end of the month, English said.
Dogtoberfest festivities will take place at PetSmart at Interstate 40 and MacArthur Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 27. The events on the other Saturdays of the month will be from noon to 5:45 p.m. at the animal shelter, SE 29 and Bryant Avenue.
An adoption special kicks off the month Saturday at PetSmart. Face painting and a demonstration from Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue is set for Oct. 13, low-cost microchip implant access and a police K-9 unit demonstration is scheduled on Oct. 20, and a Muttster Mash and Halloween pet safety clinic is set for Oct. 27.
The event will conclude with a “Howl-o-ween” celebration and dog costumes at the shelter on Oct. 31, where some shelter staff members will shave their heads if the goal of 900 adoptions is reached.
Positions at the shelter added in recent years to help coordinate foster care and adoption efforts have provided the ability for extra planning and outreach to make big events possible, English said.
“It's the only reason we can do it,” she said. “They're really integral to our ability to produce these kinds of events.”
Some of the positions are made possible by the deep public-private partnership between the shelter and the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which recently extended another grant to the city to fund the foster coordinator position.
Animals available for adoption at the shelter have been examined by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and screened and treated for worms.
For more information about adoptions at the shelter, go to www.okc.gov/animalwelfare or call 297-3100.