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Tulsa agencies announce animal welfare initiative

Posted at 10:06 AM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 19:46:00-05

TULSA -- Tulsa's largest animal agencies came together Tuesday afternoon for an announcement about a new animal welfare initiative.

A news conference was held at 3 p.m. at City Hall in downtown Tulsa. It can viewed in the video player above. Mayor G.T. Bynum delivered remarks, along with leaders from the Tulsa SPCA, City of Tulsa Animal Welfare and the Humane Society of Tulsa.

The announcement is in regards to a groundbreaking for the Coalition of Tulsa Pets, a partnership between the Tulsa SPCA, City of Tulsa Animal Welfare and the Humane Society of Tulsa.

At the news conference, Mayor Bynum said one benefit for forming the coalition is that it will help the city avoid having to euthanize animals.

The coalition also aims to provide comprehensive and sustainable services for pets.

“The creation of this coalition is a big step for Tulsa as three of the largest animal welfare organizations in our city are coming together to solve a community issue regarding our local pet population,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “We recognize that bringing the experts together will help us better serve the needs in the community and create positive change.”

The first partner to support the new coalition is the WaterShed Animal Fund.

“Caring for animals is labor intensive and requires significant funding.” Tulsa Animal Welfare Manager Jean Letcher said. “The Coalition is thrilled to announce support in this area from the WaterShed Animal Fund.”

The current live release rate for dogs and cats from Tulsa Animal Welfare is 65 percent. The coalition aims to get that number to above 90 percent.

The first event will be a free vaccination clinic Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. - 3p.m. at Hicks Community Center.

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