The Ardmore Animal Shelter often takes in pets whose owners can no longer care for them — but this year has seen more owner relinquishments than usual, not to mention the usual strays.
“We had about 550 animals come in last month,” said Executive Director Kasey Renteria. “That’s the kind of numbers we see during the summer months.”
Renteria said numbers that high are unusual this time of year. This month, the Shelter has taken in 315 — 206 of which were owner relinquishments. Some of those numbers may be
overflow from other areas. Renteria said animal shelters in Ada and Gainesville shut down for a week or more — taking in none of the strays or owner relinquishments in their areas for more than a week.
“We ended up with some of those as a result,” Renteria said.
“Some of those are people moving, not having time or having a new baby in the family,” Renteria said.
Last weekend, they offered the same $10 adoption special they did for Black Friday. “We adopted 40,” Renteria said. “But we took in 42.”
People lined up Friday morning for puppies posted online for the $10 Black Friday special.
“There was a line when we opened at 10 a.m.,” Renteria said. “A lot of them were here for one particular puppy and left when it was claimed.”
Adoptions at the reduced rate continued until the shelter closed at 4 p.m. Friday, with regularly priced adoptions resuming on Saturday. Renteria said there is always a need for volunteers anytime they’re open.
“We will be closing early Christmas Eve,” Renteria said. “And we will be closed on Christmas Day. The last day for adoptions for pets that aren’t already spayed or neutered will be Dec. 19.”
Renteria said they also offer gift certificates for those who want to offer a pet as a holiday gift.
“They could pick their own pet after the holidays,” Renteria said.
Donations are always welcome, too. At least one local nonprofit group is working to help benefit the animal shelter. BE BLUE, a group for the empowerment of young women, is collecting items for the shelter through Dec. 11, including food, treats, blankets, laundry soap, bleach, towels, pens, copy paper and monetary donations. The group will pick up donations or items, said Restoring Lives Founder Shenita Jones. Call them at (580) 798-3650 to make arrangements. Jones said the group will also accept donations at 301 West Main Suite 402.