SPOT: Saving the Pets of Tulsa

posted January 31st, 2016 by
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Mayor Announces New Effort to Save Tulsa’s Pets

TULSA – City of Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced a new collaborative effort among the City, the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and other partners with the aim of reducing the number of adoptable cats and dogs put down at the Tulsa Animal Shelter.

SPOTSPOTIn his welcoming address to the 2016 OVMA state conference at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel on Saturday, Bartlett announced the new initiative titled Saving the Pets of Tulsa, or SPOT. The Mayor stressed that many other cities in the nation have achieved goals of saving pets and that it was Tulsa’s time to do the same.

“Tulsans love their pets,” Bartlett said. “Most citizens would be shocked to learn that more 4,000 homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens must be euthanized each year. This program will make tremendous strides in saving more of Tulsa’s pets.”

SPOT will combine three strategies to address pet overpopulation in Tulsa: increasing City pet registrations; increasing access to low-cost spay and neutering services; and an education campaign.

“Through this effort, we are implementing some ways to make pet registration more convenient for pet owners,” Jean Letcher, Tulsa Animal Welfare Manager, said. “We are working toward putting increased revenue directly to spay/neuter education and services.”

Letcher estimated that now only about six percent of Tulsa’s pets are registered as required by law, even though the cost of a license is at most five dollars per year. SPOT will facilitate online registrations that pet owners can access from their smart phones immediately after their pet receives the required rabies vaccine. Owners can also access the system online, which can provide annual reminders.

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Data courtesy of City of Tulsa Animal Welfare

Through donations, the OVMA will be offering statewide assistance for low income Oklahomans to spay and neuter their pets through the Oklahoma Animal Care Foundation. Funds that are specifically dedicated to SPOT will be directed to qualified Tulsa residents.

“Through this fund, qualified pet owners can take their pet to a participating Tulsa veterinarian and have the spay or neutering done for only $10,” said Dr. Christine Kunzweiler, a veterinarian and SPOT founder. “Right now we are working to increase donations directed to the SPOT fund.”

Finally, an education campaign will encourage pet owners to register their pets through the City of Tulsa, make donations to the OVMA fund for spay and neutering assistance and motivate reluctant pet owners to get their pet spayed or neutered.

“Of course, it’s actually illegal to have an unsterilized pet in Tulsa,” said Letcher. “But SPOT is more about reducing the unwanted pet population so that more pets can leave our shelter alive. That’s something everyone wants.”

3 Responses to “SPOT: Saving the Pets of Tulsa”

  1. Cindy Holt says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I live in Owasso and my husband and I have spent a lot of time, love and money on capturing strays, feral and just cats people let run who haven’t been sterilized. This causes fights/injuries and unwanted pregnancies which also undoes everything we are trying to fix. Thank you!

  2. Cindy Holt says:

    I forgot to add we trap/ neuter or spay/ and release them.

  3. Cindy Holt says:

    I work with a large amount of people who are using a LARGE AMOUNT of resources!I believe these people could be put to better use.We all use Facebook Animal lost and found groups in Oklahoma to find lost & found pets like mine..Owasso Ok Lost & Found Pets. There are way too many groups and it is too hard to match these ani als. We share to group after group but if just 1 group is missed we miss matching the animal up. If people would ALL start using only ONE PLACE TO POST THEIR LOST OR FOUND pets and all of these people used their time to match them up we could find so many. Finding Rover is the best!! Can you guys please
    Promote it??

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