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January 8, 2013

New group plans to consider ideas for animal shelter

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On top of that, they also need volunteers who have time to interact with the animals and take them for walks to get exercise.

“We’re looking for people interested in coming to the shelter and spending time with animals,” he said.

Animals who do not get socialized and do not get out of the kennel often increase the chances of them having behavioral issues, which makes them less likely to get adopted. When an animal doesn’t get adopted, it ends up getting euthanized.

Another area they are looking for volunteers in is working the reception area. Bowman said they only have one person working at the front who is responsible for taking calls and talking to anyone who comes in the front door at the shelter.

Having only one person at the front makes them miss phone calls when people come in, he said.

“The meeting is to stir excitement about the opportunity of assisting the Norman Animal Welfare Shelter staff in ways they identify, as well as in creative ways volunteers might suggest,” Peters said.

Peters said there is no expectation with regard to time commitment as long as it’s a steady one.

“We don’t want schedules to discourage college students from considering the possibility of joining in this beginning effort,” she said.

The meeting will be casual and everyone is welcome to attend.

“We know there are many people in the Norman area who love animals and would like to share special moments with them. This is their opportunity to help develop a volunteer corps that will really help them feel a sense of purpose,” Peters said.

Jessica Bruha366-3540jbruha@normantranscript.com

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