McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

April 1, 2013

Pitts. Co. Animal Shelter Director gives report to commissioners

By Rachel Petersen
Staff Writer

McALESTER — Sandra Hefley, the director for the Pittsburg County Animal Shelter, presented her monthly report to the Pittsburg County commissioners on Monday.

“This is the season for puppies and kittens,” Hefley told the News-Capital last week. “The shelter can only hold a certain number of animals. If a stray comes in, we will hold that animal three to five working days. We would hold them longer if we could but we only have so much space. So we need the public to come in and adopt these wonderful animals and give them a loving home.”

The shelter, at 1206 N. West St. in McAlester, is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost for a dog is $20, Hefley said, and a cat is $15. “They all come spayed or neutered,” Hefley said. “And they have shots up-to-date. They’ve been wormed, treated for fleas and ticks and each animal has a microchip implant.”

Hefley told the commissioners she is expecting a large animal deposit from Kiowa very soon. Hefley told commissioners the 20 dogs and 10 cats are coming from a single home in Kiowa. These 30 animals will add tot he already large number of animals in residence at the shelter.

“We have animals that need a home,” Hefley said. “They are so appreciative and will love you just as much as an animal you go out and buy. Sometimes we do have full-blood animals, but the animals that aren’t full blood have just as much love to give.”

In April 2012, there were 196 dogs brought into the Pittsburg County Animal Shelter. That same month, 53 dogs were adopted and 32 dogs were reclaimed by their owners. More than 100 dogs had to be euthanized. In that same month and year, 136 cats were brought to the shelter, 39 were adopted, one was reclaimed and more than 100 were euthanized.

In the Spring of 2012, puppy and kitten season began. And in June 2012, there were 255 dogs brought to the shelter and 466 cats. Although many dogs and cats were adopted and reclaimed, nearly 550 animals had to be euthanized that month.

Hefley said she hopes that the numbers improve this year. We need people who want a pet to come here and adopt, Hefley said.

For more information about the animal shelter, or to adopt, call 918-423-7814 or visit the shelter during business hours.

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