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City commission approves no-kill resolution for Ponca City

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On Monday night, the city commission of Ponca City unanimously approved a no-kill resolution for Ponca City by the end of 2025. The No-Kill 2025 movement by the Best Friends Animal Society has a goal to put an end to the killing of healthy animals in shelters across the country. This means that 90% of dogs and cats leave shelters alive either via rescue, adoption or through the owners.
Animal Control in Ponca City has been moving towards this goal for sometime now and this was a formal declaration of such. This is a collaboration between Northern Oklahoma Humane Society and local municipal shelters to decrease unnecessary euthanasia in the community.
This also helps the Northern Oklahoma Humane Society and other rescues as they work towards grant funding. In 2020, Animal Control were at 84% release on dogs and 43% on cats. In the 1st Quarter of 2021, they are at 91% Live Release for dogs and 54% for cats.
The people in Ponca City are a voice for homeless pets and all at-risk animals and the city commission made a huge statement! This is what we all need to do! This kind of change does not occur within the silos of the city government or the Humane Society. These miracles happen through the work of coalitions. Together we will do what we could not do alone.
Pictured from left to right, Jay Glowacki, Animal Control Supervisor; Ashley Villines Executive Director, Northern Oklahoma Humane Society; and Don Bohon, Chief of Police.
Pictured from left to right: Jay Glowacki, Animal Control Supervisor; Ashley Villines Executive Director, Northern Oklahoma Humane Society; and Don Bohon, Chief of Police.
Photo provided by the Northern Oklahoma Humane Society