Oklahoma City Animal Shelter celebrates 'Dogtoberfest' to promote pet adoptions

The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter is celebrating ‘Dogtoberfest,' an effort to promote dog adoptions, with reduced-price adoptions and events every weekend in October.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: October 5, 2012

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.

Extra positions

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.