Animal Rescue Improves

HAPPY PETS: Tulsa Animal Welfare will be partnering with the Humane Society to increase the number of pet adoptions in the area. 

Mayor Bartlett announced that the City of Tulsa Animal Welfare will partner with the Humane Society of Tulsa () for the adoption of pets at the city welfare facility.

will provide the adoption service at no cost to the city or receive any compensation for the service. will also provide every adopted pet with age-appropriate vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip, and provide a care package to the adopter, which includes 30 days of pre-paid pet health insurance.

Currently, Tulsa Animal Welfare euthanizes close to 7,500 animals or 68 percent of all animals received at the shelter each year. works with a nationwide network of providers focused on placing homeless cats and dogs and this partnership is expected to significantly increase the numbers of adoptions at Tulsa Animal Welfare.

“We look forward to this exciting new partnership that will not only increase animal adoptions, but decrease animal euthanizations significantly,” Mayor Dewey Bartlett says. “Through this partnership, the City of Tulsa is expected to save up to $600,000 which will be redirected back to Animal Welfare to help expand public educational programs and provide additional animal control.”

will have a six-month transition period while services are transferred from Animal Welfare. After the transition period is complete and both parties are satisfied with adoption rates and the transition process, will serve as the sole provider of adoption services for the City of Tulsa.

“The Humane Society of Tulsa is thrilled to be able to provide this opportunity to the City of Tulsa,” says Gina Gardner, president of the Humane Society of Tulsa. “With a $100,000 private donation and our new custom mobile transport unit we will strive to reduce the City’s euthanasia rate by 50 percent. We hope that the citizens of Tulsa will support us in our efforts to change the plight of homeless animals in our community.”

In June of this year, the City of Tulsa released a Request for Information () to generate ideas that might help the city better achieve its animal welfare responsibilities. In response to the , the city received three responses from local agencies, with the Humane Society of Tulsa offering adoption service to the city.

Updated 10-19-2011

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