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June 21, 2012

Animal adoption rates rising

CLAREMORE — The Claremore Animal Shelter will be raising adoption rates in July due to a rise in veterinary services.

“Even though the vets give us discounts, they are still charging more than they have in the past,” said Jean Hurst, Animal Control Supervisor.
The new rates will be $65 for cats under six months of age and $70 for those older than six months.
Dogs will be weight-based according to common practice with area veterinaries. Dogs from one to 20 pounds will be $70, 21 to 40 pounds will be $80 and those greater than 41 pounds will be $90.
The shelter adopts approximately 30 animals a month.
“We are just trying to cover our costs,” she said.
Hurst called area shelters and rescue organizations to see if the prices compared.
“Our prices are comparable, in fact we will still be charging less then many area shelters,” Hurst said.
The city council approved the resolution during the meeting Monday along with an ordinance allowing the shelter to charge $75 for animals that are released to the shelter for biting.
By law, the dog must be quarantined for 10 days after a biting instance. Currently the release fee is $20, however if they have to get the animal tested for rabies it can cost up to $125.
It can cost up to $500 to keep the animals in quarantine for the required 10 days. These costs are billed to the shelter, according to Hurst.
The changes are expected to help the shelter run without going into debt.
In addition to the adoption services,  the shelter offers vaccination clinics.
The next clinic will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Rabies vaccine will be $12, DHLPP/FVRCP will be $20 and heartworm testing will be $20.
Shipman Veterinary Services will be providing the service on site at 815 W. Ramm Rd in Claremore, by Shipman Veterinary Services. All cats and dogs inside the city limits are required to have a rabies vaccination yearly and a tag registered with the City of Claremore. For more information about the registration,  call the animal shelter at (918) 341-1260.

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