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Oklahoma City Animal Shelter reopening after 47-day closure

Victor Grabarczyk

Oklahoma City’sAnimal Shelter is reopening after a 47-day closure.

This weekend, more than 200 dogs will beavailable for adoption at the facility and all fees will be waived. The facility will start intaking new animals again on Monday.

The shelter was forced to close due to a canine influenza outbreak that began in March. Hundreds of dogs were infected and five died from the disease. The shelter is well over capacity.

“Closing was necessary to save the lives of the hundreds of dogs in the shelter,” Animal Shelter Superintendent Jon Gary in a written statement. “We are asking for help again to finish the work of saving their lives by giving them forever homes. The shelter is still over capacity and it’s essential that we make space when we open for intake [Monday].”

The disease remains present in Central Oklahoma. It has affected shelters, dog daycares and other places with a high volume of pets.

Symptoms of the flu in dogs include coughing, runny nose, labored breathing and loss of appetite. Animal experts are urging dog owners to talk to their vet about precautions — like vaccinations that arebecoming scarce — and when it's safe for their dogs to be around other dogs again.

To see adoptable dogs, visit OKC Animal Welfare’swebsite.

This report was produced by the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange, a collaboration of public media organizations. Help support collaborative journalism by donating at the link at the top of this webpage.

Robby grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and Fayetteville, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Journalism degree. Robby has reported for several newspapers, including The Roanoke Times in southwest Virginia. He reported for StateImpact Oklahoma from 2019 through 2022, focusing on education.
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