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Oklahoma City Animal Shelter tries to improve adoption rate amid big summer pet population

The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter's “Half Price for Half Pints” sale applies to dogs shorter than knee-high. Adoption fees for those canines will be cut by 50 percent through July 17.
By Brandon Goodwin Modified: July 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm •  Published: July 8, 2011

Lady Gray pants and snuggles close to her new owner.

Denise Richardson holds the sandy-brown cocker spaniel close to her heart for the first time. It will not be the last.

They united Thursday because of the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter's “Half Price for Half Pints” sale. Through July 17, adoption fees for dogs shorter than knee-high will be cut by 50 percent.

Richardson's husband, Darrell, said the couple are regular adopters. Lady Gray and an unnamed basset hound will be the fourth and fifth adopted additions to the Richardson family.

“I always had dogs growing up,” Darrell Richardson said. “We just love having animals around the house.”

The half-off discount sale started Wednesday. That day, the shelter adopted out 34 dogs, said Unit Operations Supervisor Jon Gary.

The shelter usually adopts out about 20 dogs on a normal day, said Gary.

Shelter officials hope the sale will help relieve their growing number of dogs.

Gary said during the summer months more animals, particularly puppies and kittens, come under their care, pushing capacity to maximum levels.

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