Summer break can be rough on pets of Oklahoma college students

BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: May 31, 2009
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Colleges: Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City Community College, among others.

Adoptions usually drop during summer, said Rodney Pesch, unit operations supervisor for Oklahoma City Animal Welfare.

"We always kind of slow down in the summer months anyway, especially when the schools let out,” Pesch said. "People seem to have other activities going on. When they come back into school, people get back into a normal routine in the fall ... and our adoptions go up then.”

Colleges: Bacone College, Conners State College, Northeastern State University branch.

Few college students adopt from the Promoting Animal Welfare Society shelter, Executive Director Dorothy Farmer said.

She said she suspects the reason is her strict adoption rules.

For example, dogs can only be adopted to homes with fenced yards. Cats must live indoors.

The rules are designed to protect the animals and make adopters think twice about their commitment.

"There are too many whims and not enough ‘think-about-it-before-you-do-its,’” Farmer said.