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.
“This time of year, it is difficult for shelters,” said Gary. “Intake goes up considerable amounts.”
During the summer months, the shelter reaches capacity at about 800 animals. The 47,000-square-foot shelter normally holds 350 to 500 animals.
Gary said in the month of June, the shelter received about 3,000 animals. The shelter is forced to euthanize more animals during the summer months, unless the shelter can find more people willing to adopt.
In June, the shelter enacted a similar sale for cats. They waived adoption fees for adult cats six months or older. Many people are not interested in adopting older cats.
Those wishing to adopt dogs, often are looking for smaller breeds.
The shelter, located at SE 29 and Bryant Avenue, is open from noon to 5:45 p.m. every day except holidays. For more information, call 297-3100 or go to www.okc.gov/animal