By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

Local animal shelters say as the gas prices continue to increase, so do the number of pets being dropped off at their shelter.

In the last three days, more than 170 cats have been dropped off at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, and experts said it's because of the economic downturn.

"At this point, it's just finding space for these kittens...into foster. It's one of the biggest challenge that we face," said Kimberly Cline of the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter.

Although the drop-off rate is high, it's actually down this year from last year, according to Cline.

Cheryl Melton, Director of Forever Friends Animal Shelter said the numbers are not as positive as they could be.

"We're seeing more animals abandoned than ever before," Melton said.

She's seen the number of kitten drop-offs double.

"You're looking at, ‘Do I spay or neuter my cat?...or do I feed my child?'" Melton said. "Of course the one that's going to be more important is taking care of your family."

Melton also suggests if you have a pet to drop off, the best thing to do is take it to the animal shelter, which no longer euthanizes pets.


For information on how to adopt or volunteer, call the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter at (405) 297-3100.