Bartlesville SPCA plans new shelter, clinic
BY LAURA SUMMERS World Correspondent
Monday, October 08, 2012
10/08/12 at 8:27 AM
BARTLESVILLE - The Washington County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is taking steps toward construction of a new facility that will house homeless cats and dogs on a new 10-acre site in south Bartlesville.
The Bartlesville City Council recently approved providing water and sewer to the new shelter location, which is on U.S. 75 near Silver Lake Baptist Church.
The SPCA is preparing to begin construction soon on a spay and neuter clinic with emergency evacuation space at the site. A $3 million fundraising campaign will pay for construction and operation of the main shelter building.
The new facility will be able to serve more animals and meet the unique needs found in a shelter population, according to Dawnette Brady, Washington County SPCA board president.
"That's the thing about animal shelters - you've got a rowdy bunch of inhabitants so everything has to be really sturdy," Brady said. "It's basically like building a medical clinic. You don't know what condition the animal is coming in, so everything needs to be very strong. You are using a lot of stainless steel."
The search for a new shelter site began in 2007 when the SPCA facility located in the flood plain on Oklahoma 123 experienced major damage. Flooding has been an ongoing problem through the years as evidenced in a photograph Brady has that shows a cow perched atop the shelter roof with water all around.
Each time the waters rise to a certain level, the animals have to be moved and the staff knows property renovations will begin when it recedes.
So the first building to be constructed at the new location will house a clinic and an evacuation space ready to accommodate cats and dogs in case of a flood or emergency.
No animals from the Bartlesville area are turned away at the shelter.
There were 2,662 animals brought to the shelter in 2011 with 77 percent going to homes. So far this year, the SPCA has placed into homes 1,200 of the 1,763 animals that have come through the doors. The Washington County shelter has gone from adopting out 16 percent of the cats and dogs in 1997 to adopting more than 70 percent or more each year since 2009.
The Bartlesville shelter sends animals several times a year to Denver and Boulder, Colo., for adoption. PetSmart's Tulsa Hills store adopts out cats and kittens from Bartlesville's facility. The organization's website, Facebook and Twitter postings facilitate adoptions to families from all over the U.S.
Original Print Headline: Bartlesville SPCA to construct new shelter, clinic
How to help
Financial donations for a new animal shelter in Bartlesville can be made online at tulsaworld.com/wcspca or by mail at Washington County SPCA, 16620 Oklahoma 123, Bartlesville, OK 74003. Contributions should include a designation directing them to the building fund.