By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
This month, the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter wants metro residents to share some Valentine’sDay love during their weeklong Furrever Love adoption special, followed by the All Paws on Deck Community Cleanup Day.
Furrever Love Week offers half-price adoptions from February 14 to 21. All adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be $30 during the event.
The Shelter will have Valentine’s Day themed decorations and events during the week, including a kissing booth and photo opportunities.
The Shelter is also seeking volunteers for the All Paws on Deck Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, February 21, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Shelter needs help with chores like deep-cleaning kennels and the barn, along with general cleanup inside and outside.
Volunteers are needed for shifts of up to two hours. Businesses, churches and community groups are welcome. Families are encouraged to participate and volunteers of all ages are invited.
Go to allpawsondeck.eventbrite.com to see a list of opportunities and to sign up for a shift, or call the Shelter at 405-297-3100 for more information.
“Our goal is to bring the community into the Shelter and let them know our pets need their support all the time, not just during the event,” said Animal Welfare Superintendent Julie Bank. “This is our City’s Shelter, and it needs some tender, loving care from the community for it to serve the needs of our animals and their families.”
Bank, who has more than 30 years of animal and nonprofit experience at the national and local level in New York, California and Arizona, began work for the City on Jan. 16.
“We did an extensive search and are excited to bring someone to our City who can continue to move us towards a safer, healthier and more humane community for pets and people,” said Bob Tener, the City’s Development Services Director.
“I am excited about becoming part of a progressive movement that includes caring government officials, staff, volunteers and community partners, all working together to make a difference,” said Bank.
“The City’s Animal Welfare program is well on its way to achieving its goals, and I look forward to leading the team to make those goals a reality,” she said.
The Animal Welfare Division of Oklahoma City is responsible for promoting public health and safety and for temporarily sheltering and providing humane disposition of unwanted or lost animals.
The Division promotes animal welfare so that pet ownership is a pleasure for owners without becoming a burden to the community.
Promoting pet adoptions is a top priority for the Welfare Division. Located at 2811 SE 29 at S. Bryant Avenue, the Shelter is open for adoptions or reclaiming lost pets from noon to 5:45 p.m. every day except holidays.
Adoptable pets are all vaccinated, sterilized and treated for worms.
Volunteers are needed to staff the adoption events, but also the year around to walk dogs, play with cats, and help with shelter activities. No experience is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and pass a background check.
Volunteers may be under 18 years of age if accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact [email protected]. A volunteer application can be found online.
Another way to help is by making a tax deductible donation to Oklahoma City Animal Welfare through a variety of donation accounts that directly help shelter pets and other animals.
For more information, visit www.okc.gov/animalwelfare or call 405-297-3100.