The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter is working to turn the tide against pet homelessness by competing in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, a competition to increase adoption rates at animal shelters nationwide.
A total of $600,000 in grants is at stake for shelters that adopt more animals in June, July and August than they did over the same three-month period in 2013. The city’s animal shelter is one of 50 shelters across the U.S. participating in the competition.
“Our goal is to adopt more than 2,300 dogs and cats between June 1 and Aug. 3,” said Jon Gary, the Oklahoma City’s acting superintendent of animal welfare. “We are committed to reaching this goal and saving as many pet lives as possible.”
The city’s campaign will kick off with a 24-hour “Rock Around the Clock” adoption event that begins at midnight Friday and ends at midnight Saturday at the McDonald’s at Northwest Expressway and Council.
During the event, adoption fees will be $30 for kittens and free for cats. Dogs and puppies can be adopted for $60. The Bella Foundation will be on-site to provide micro-chipping of adopted animals for $10.
PetSmart will give away adoption packets with coupons and specials, and McDonald’s will have food specials. All adoptable dogs and cats are sterilized, vaccinated and treated for fleas and ticks.