Number of strays at Ardmore's animal shelter doubles after holiday

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - The Ardmore Animal Shelter says after a busy holiday week they've seen an increase in animals being brought in.

"This is a very busy time of year for us," Executive Director Jeannine Jackson said. "Usually with the Fourth of July, all the activities, the fireworks - it has a tendency to bring in strays."

Jackson says the number of strays at the shelter since July 4th has doubled.

Right now they're caring for about 70 dogs and nearly 30 cats.

"People pick them up, they come to their property, don't know where they came from," Jackson said. "You know several different reasons why they can become strays this time of year."

Jackson says they keep the strays for five days - waiting to see if owners will come claim them before those animals are put up for adoption.

One Carter County family found their two year old pup "Blackie" after she ran away the other day.

"There were fireworks everywhere and probably got her scared," Owner Joana Moreno said. "When I called this morning I was like hopefully it's her. They said they had brought one in so hopefully it's her and I called my husband and let him know and he goes, 'well go look and see if it is.'"

Jackson says they are in need of donations like laundry detergent, dish soap, towels, blankets and food for the animals.

She tell us they've been able to reunite six pets with their families.

If you think one of your pets was brought in, Jacks says to come visit the shelter in person.

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