The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

December 29, 2013

Enid Animal Control's yearly news promising for pets

ENID, Okla. — It’s encouraging to hear the news from Enid Animal Control.

For the past three years, the number of animals being abandoned at the facility has declined.

In 2011, 1,763 dogs and 992 cats were surrendered or abandoned by pet owners. In 2012, the number of dogs surrendered fell to 1,428, although the number of cats increased by 15.

So far this year, at least through October, 1,251 dogs and 937 cats have been surrendered.

Another big piece of encouraging news: So far this year, 411 dogs and 116 cats have been adopted. That compares with 156 dogs and 21 cats adopted in 2011.

Allen Elder, animal control supervisor, thinks the improvement comes from a better educated public and greater awareness of what animal control does.

He also believes the Adopt-A-Pet (Enid Animal Shelter) Facebook page plays a role.

We believe it has, too. Rachel Hancock, volunteer and adoption coordinator, posts pictures of animals, putting them out there for thousands of Facebook users to see.

It’s obvious the efforts are paying off.

However, more needs to be done. Even though the number of pets being abandoned is declining and the number of animals being adopted is increasing, there still are a lot of animals that face a grim future, or actually no future at all.

What’s happening now with more animals being adopted is great to hear, but animal owners need to take more responsibility.

They need to have their pets spayed or neutered. They also need to really study the issue before they even get a pet. They need to make sure they really want a pet, and they need to know exactly what a commitment having a pet is.

Animals are not disposable, and people need to quit treating them as such.

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