By the end of the day on Saturday, August 17 only one animal remained at Ardmore Animal Care, and she was quickly adopted the following Monday morning. Today, the shelter is nearing at capacity once again and will open its doors with over 130 animals up for adoption. 

Executive Director Kasey Renteria said that over the course of the Clear the Shelters event 182 animals were adopted out and only six of those were returned to the shelter. Those six did not mesh well in their new environments but have all once again been placed in new homes. Now it’s back to business as usual.

“Over the last week we’ve taken in over 180 animals,” Renteria said. “Most of them have been owner surrendered. Sometimes it’s because they said they had too many animals. Sometimes, with the dogs, it’s because of minor behavioral issues that weren’t addressed early on so now they’ve decided they don’t want a dog who jumps or digs or whatever the case may be. As far as the cats go, we’re still getting in a lot of litters of kittens.”

Renteria said to help control the cat population, the shelter offers to spay the mother cat for free when people bring their kittens. This comes on top of the low cost spay and neuter clinic the shelter already provides. 

“I feel like the spay and neuter clinic has been working well for a few years, but for this reason it seems like it’s worse than it was before,” Renteria said. “I’m puzzled as to why. We’ve seen the numbers slowly going down, but this year it’s just exploded.”

It’s not all bad news however, during the past week the shelter has done 47 adoptions, placed nine into foster care and had six reclaimed by owners. 

There are currently approximately 50 cats and 80 dogs available for adoption at Ardmore Animal Care as well as many kittens and their mothers in need of fostering. All materials for fostering are provided at no cost. The cat adoptions are $40, and the dog adoptions are $60. The shelter is located at 321 Carol Brown Blvd. and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. To schedule an appointment or find out more information about the low cost spay and neuter program call (580) 465-6642.