The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter is offering half-price dog adoptions over the holiday weekend.
The shelter is currently housing 605 animals, as opposed to the 450 animals they shelter in the slower months. In order to ease overcrowding, they are reducing adoption fees for dogs and puppies from $60 to $30 on July 5-6.
According to the shelter, more than 180 dogs and puppies are awaiting adoption. All adoptable dogs are sterilized, vaccinated and treated for fleas and ticks.
"If we want to become a no-kill city, we must increase the number of lives saved in June, July and August, our busiest months," said Interim Shelter Supervisor Jon Gary. "In June alone, we took in over 2,800 animals."
The shelter said more than 50 cats are in need of homes as well.
An increase in adoptions will help the shelter compete in the Rachel Ray 100K Challenge, a competition to increase adoption rates at animal shelters nationwide. Their goal is to adopt 2,300 dogs and cats by August 3.
The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, located at S.E. 29th and Bryant, is open from noon to 5:45 p.m. every day except holidays. The shelter will be closed July 4.
View adoptable pets on the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter website.