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Oklahoma City named community partner in ASPCA Mission: Orange campaign

In Animal News on April 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm

The ASPCA has selected Oklahoma City as its newest partner in the fight to save animal lives.

Oklahoma City will join Charleston, NC; Austin, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Gulfport-Biloxi, MS; Spokane, WA; and Tampa, FL as ASPCA partners on its Mission: Orange campaign.

The Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Department and Central Oklahoma Humane Society are both included in the ASPCA partnership. This partnership means more monetary support, more staffing options, and other resources provided by the ASPCA.

Oklahoma City is noted to have a significant increase in Live Release Rates, a term that refers to the number of animals that leave shelters alive by means of return to guardian, adoption, or transport to anther animal group. The Oklahoma City Live Release Rate increased from 25 percent to 36 percent in a year.

In July, the partnership should be in full swing to increase the Live Release Rate to as high as possible over the next three years. In May, the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Department and Central Oklahoma Humane Society will learn all about the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match: Canine-ality™. Meet Your Match is the first program of its kind; it scientifically helps place animals with humans by evaluating the animal’s interests and behavior, then matches it to a humans preferences.

For more information about ASPCA Mission: Orange, visit ASPCA.org/adoption/aspca-mission-orange. —Amanda Degard

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