Thanks to powerful community support for our furry friends, the Claremore Animal Shelter enjoys high survival rates for cats and dogs. By working with local animal lovers, rescue groups and veterinary clinics, the shelter experiences tremendous adoption rates for its animals.
“The support from our community is great and plays a big role in the fact that our shelter has now achieved a no-kill status for dogs,” said Jean Hurst, Claremore Animal Shelter Supervisor. “No-kill status is received when you have a more than 90% survival rate. We have reached that status with dogs and we are very, very close to reaching that goal with cats.”
Survival rates for cats in shelters generally loom around the 50 percent. Last year, the Claremore Animal Shelter was above 80% and is on target to reach 90% before the end of 2021.
“We never want to euthanize animals. However, if the animal’s health condition is untreatable or it has behavioral issues, we have to think of the welfare of the animal and the safety of the community,” said Hurst. “The sad truth is not every animal can be adopted.”
The Claremore Animal Shelter and Animal Control is a division of the Claremore Police Department. Currently, the staff consists of 3 full-time employees who care for the animals, write citations and enforce animal control laws.
Ordinances and animal control laws are put in place to protect our animals and our community.
For example, city ordinance 92.06 is Claremore’s spay and neuter law. Animals inside the city limits must be spayed and neutered, and if an owner does not comply with the ordinance or have a permit that provides an exception, an animal control officer can write a citation. If a citizen cannot afford to spay or neuter their pet, Hurst urges the pet owner to contact the shelter. Through a partnership with the Ark Animal Hospital, the veterinary clinic can assist citizens with sign-up for a low-income spay/neuter program.
“As for cruelty and neglect, we are lucky. Claremore residents love their animals and these issues are generally minimal,” said Hurst. “When we do have issues, citizens and neighbors are quick to report concerns. We always want citizens to contact us if they suspect a cruelty situation. Never hesitate!”
You may reach the Claremore Animal Shelter at (918) 341-1260.