In honor of National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week, Oakdale Police Department gave a shout-out to their hard-working staff for their efforts during a busy 2020.
According to OPD, the shelter was able to reunite 170 lost animals with their owners, rescue 176 animals and provide 64 lucky animals with their new forever homes.
However, keeping animals safe and happy is a community effort. OPD released the following tips to help animal shelter attendants return pets to their owners should they end up at a shelter:
· Ensure proper ID – make sure your pet has a microchip or ID tags.
· Quality collar – Invest in a good collar for your furry family member.
· Don’t walk off leash – keep your dog secure on a leash when you’re outdoors and especially in areas away from home.
· Make sure your yard is secure – ensure your fence, gates, and doors are secure and that your pet can’t easily escape.
· Supervise regularly – check on your animals regularly, especially if they are kept outside. Make sure they’re safe, not up to mischief, or trying to escape.
As always, the shelter is grateful to accept donations of pet food, blankets, etc., for the four-legged shelter guests. For more information on how to help, call the Oakdale Police Department at 209-847-5625. The shelter serves the communities of Oakdale and Riverbank.