Time, space limits still affect Oklahoma City animals

Though progress has been made in the live release rate at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, the pet overpopulation problem means some healthy animals are still euthanized.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: March 25, 2012

The day may soon come when a lack of time or space won't result in the death of potential pets at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter. But that day is not yet here.

More animals left the shelter alive than dead last year for the first time, and progress continues to improve. Last month, which featured a Valentine's Day adoption special, saw 845 animals adopted and 694 put down, according to city figures.

Most animals that are euthanized in the shelter are killed because of health or behavior problems that make them poor candidates for potential adoption. Last month, 435 of the animals put down were killed because of health or behavior issues.

Only 125 were euthanized due to lack of space.

Animals whose owners can't be determined are held for three days before a health and behavior screening, said Catherine English, manager of the city's Animal Welfare Division.

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