Humane Society Of Tulsa Needs Help After Two Major Dog Rescues
BIXBY, Oklahoma - In just a week and a half, the Humane Society of Tulsa's animal population has tripled after two big dog rescues.
To say they need help is an understatement. Officials say they need a miracle. Over 50 dogs were rescued in Tulsa on Friday.
On Tuesday, they rescued around 70 dogs from a home in Bixby.
The society is now checking all the dogs recovered Tuesday to see if they have any health issues before preparing them for adoption.
President of the Humane Society of Tulsa, Gina Gardner, said the main shelter typically cares for 50 pets, and the new animals are way more than they can handle.
"It's a beautiful building, but it is just a shell of a building. We have no supplies or equipment here, so we have to create a complete shelter," Gardner said."
Officials say the shelter is being remodeled, so most everything needed to take care of the animals has to be brought in, including medical supplies.
All day, volunteers have dropped off money and other donations, but it's still not enough.
The area of the shelter housing the dogs rescued Tuesday has air conditioning, but the unit needs work, so they are asking for pools to help the dogs cool off.
Gardner said, "We could not do this emergency shelter without the help of the community."
The emergency shelter is at 13290 South 80th East Avenue in Bixby. You can drop off donations there.
The staff is swamped, so much so that the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps is deploying more volunteers.
Another concern is the dogs' health. Many of the dogs have eye, ear and skin issues.
"So our priority today is to make sure that everybody is healthy. Last night, we were here very late trying to stabilize the most critical cases; today we have veterinarians that are examining them head to toe," said Gina Gardner with Humane Society of Tulsa.
The shelter said it's highly unlikely anyone's lost pet is in the group of 70, but to be sure, you can email a picture of your dog and they will double check.
The Humane Society will keep updating their Facebook page with the specific donation needs.