ASPCA and Tulsa Animal Welfare team up to transfer animals to less crowded shelters

ASPCA and Tulsa Animal Welfare team up to transfer animals to better shelters (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- More than two dozen Tulsa shelter animals have new hope of finding a home after an animal transfer program Thursday morning.

The program is a partnership between Tulsa Animal Welfare and ASPCA.

ASPCA launched the Watershed Animal Fund Rescue Ride in January 2017. The relocation program is in 18 states in the Midwest, now including Oklahoma.

“The ASPCA watershed program opened up 18 more shelters to us,” said Tiane Christy, the animal placement coordinator at Tulsa Animal Welfare.

The ride moves animals to shelters where they have a greater chance at adoption.

The dogs that were transferred on Thursday are headed to Minnesota.

“They have a better chance at being adopted in Minnesota,” said Debbie Goodaker, ASPCA’s animal relocation initiative manager. “Within about a week or two, they will be immediately adopted into homes.”

By Tulsa Animal Welfare supplying the animals for transportation, they are reducing the problem of overcrowding in our area.

“Every day, when we get between 30 and 40 animals, we have to make sure there is space to hold them so this allows us to have that space and so we’re not euthanizing for space,” said Jean Letcher, manager of Tulsa Animal Welfare. “This program has been able to really increase the number of animals that leave our shelter alive and that’s our goal.”

In the first year, ASPCA transported more than 5,000 animals, surpassing its goal by more than 2,000 animals.

“My favorite part of the job is just knowing that I get to help these animals find their homes,” said Goodaker.

Tulsa Animal Welfare still has plenty of four-legged friends up for adoption. You can help find one a forever home by stopping by the shelter or going to their website.

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