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The Humane Society of Tulsa stepping in to help as Tulsa Animal Welfare struggles with overcrowding

Posted at 3:55 PM, Aug 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-11 08:27:12-04

TULSA, Okla. -- After sending more than 70 animals to shelters across the country earlier this week, The Humane Society of Tulsa is working with Tulsa Animal Welfare.

Animal welfare staff are struggling with dozens of euthanizations every week, sometimes daily.

"Last summer we got hit with Hurricane Harvey. While intake is always very high, this is the first summer in a while where we were able to concentrate on transport and getting those animals out," humane society director Evan Fadem said.

Now the humane society is trying to raise funds to save 150 pets on a rescue flight in September. But that cost runs close to $8,000.

"They all need to be vaccinated, heartworm tested, microchipped, de-wormed, and it runs about $50 an animal," Fadem said.

For every dog taken from animal welfare, two animals are saved. But this is only a temporary solution until shelter housing is found outside of Oklahoma.

"All of our rescue groups that take our surrenders, that pull from us, they're full. We see it across the entire state," Tulsa Animal Welfare manager Jean Letcher said.

Letcher said not enough people are spaying and neutering, or properly tagging their dogs. Animal welfare is required to take in every animal that comes through the door. Not enough space means euthanizations. Although some will be due to illness, about a third of animals at Tulsa Animal Welfare will be put down. That's close to 3,000 every year.

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