Madill Animal Shelter

At the Madill Animal Shelter, six puppies crawl over each other as they try to make room in a small metal cage because the Madill facility is over capacity by 22 pets.

As of Friday, June 21, the shelter has 32 dogs, 17 puppies, one cat and four kittens.

The total maximum capacity is 32 dogs. Even though the shelter is no longer accepting animals, animal control officer and sole employee of the Madill Animal Shelter James Pevehouse said he still gets “three, four, five calls a day about strays, and I can’t go put them up and I don’t know what to do with them.” Previously, the shelter would take their overflow to the Ardmore Animal Care.
However, even with the Ardmore Animal Care being a kill-shelter, they have not been accepting any more transfers with being overfilled themselves.

The Madill Animal Shelter is now considering becoming a kill-shelter to handle their high inflow of animals.

“The sad thing is that there are more pets out here than people willing to own them,” said city manager James Fullingim. “It makes it hard for what we are going to do with these animals. Do we discontinue to take care of them where they are overstacked in pins? Do we become a kill shelter so we can become more humane with those that we have? It’s a difficult decision to make, and it’s one we don’t take lightly.”

In the past, the shelter has tried specials where they reduce the price of animals from $25 to $10 and temporarily extend the hours to weeknights or half days on the weekend, but that has not been done in the last few months. The normal hours for the public to view the animals are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, which leaves many citizens who work a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job unable to visit the shelter.

 Many other animal shelters, such as Ardmore Animal Care, are open at least some weekday nights or at least part-time Saturdays. Fullingim and Pevehouse said they do not open extended ours on a regular basis because of lack of manpower. Fullingim is looking at hiring another part-time worker. There are currently no volunteers, although Pevehouse said they are welcome to the idea.

According to Fullingim, it is costly upfront to become a shelter that euthanizes animals, but it is not costly to keep up. While Fullingim admitted he does not like the sound of being a kill shelter, he said that when the Madill Animal Shelter would transfer animals over to Ardmore, it is likely that many of those animals were euthanized.

“Is it better to be in control of when that happens or is it better to transfer that problem and be completely oblivious to what happens to the animals? It makes you feel better to not know, but what’s best? That’s something I’ve really been pondering on lately,” said Fullingim.

The city is still looking into other options, such as a city ordinance that states citizens must spay and neuter their pets. 

If you want to adopt, donate or volunteer your time at the Madill Animal Shelter, call (580) 872-4660. 

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