• Mayor Bynum introduces new Animal Welfare plan to decrease euthanasia rates

    By: Justin Ayer

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    Tulsa, Okla. - QUICK FACTS:

    • On Monday, Mayor G. T. Bynum announced plans to improve the City of Tulsa's Animal Welfare operations.
    • The eight-step Animal Welfare plans will increase staffing, extended shelter hours, improve shelter conditions and operation, update the city's animal ordinance and licensing program, animal education and outreach, as well as other things.
    • In a press release, Bynum said that improvement is a part of the City of Tulsa's culture. He also said the proposals made Monday will help Tulsa's Animal Welfare improve and move the city closure to being the kind residents want it to be.
    • Bynum plans to present a budget amendment in the upcoming weeks to start implementing the animal welfare plan. Shelters are expected to have extended hours and more staff by March 2019.

    Mayor G.T. Bynum announced plans to improve the City of Tulsa's Animal Welfare operations and shelters on Monday.

    Bynum introduced an eight-step guide that will increase staffing, extended shelter hours, improve shelter conditions and operation, update the city's animal ordinance and licensing program, animal education and outreach, as well as other things.

    In a press release, Bynum said that improvement is a part of the City of Tulsa's culture. He also said the proposals made Monday will help Tulsa's Animal Welfare improve and move the city closure to being the kind residents want it to be.

    “At the City of Tulsa, we’ve made continuous improvement a part of our culture. On any given area, we are always asking ourselves: ‘How can we be better serving the citizens of Tulsa?’”, Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “The reality is that we have a lot of room for improvement in how we handle animal welfare in Tulsa, and the proposals presented today will bring us closer to be the kind of city we aim to be. These improvements to animal welfare will impact not just Tulsa’s animal population, but public safety and quality of life for all Tulsans as well.”

    Oklahoma Animal Alliance president, Jamee Suarez-Howard, told FOX23 that this plan will move things in the right direction. She believes the Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter needs more kettle workers and volunteers.

    SURVEY: City leaders are looking for feedback on how to improve Tulsa's Animal Welfare system

    In 2008, the City of Tulsa began a new ordinance that decreased the number of animals the area can accept and euthanasia at shelters. Since 2009, live release rates have increased more than 30 percent and euthanasia rates decreased by 43 percent. Officials say with additional resources, Animal Welfare will be able to continue these trend.

    Mayor Bynum plans to present a budget amendment in the upcoming weeks to start implementing the animal welfare plan. 

    The city intends to extend shelter hours and add more staff by March 2019.

    Read the full press release here


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