The Norman Transcript

Headlines

December 23, 2013

Students volunteer at animal shelter

NORMAN — The cinderblock gray walls and seemingly endless rows of cages are accompanied by the foulest of smells, impossible to ignore.

At the first sign of a human presence, the cages come alive. Anxious, fear-ridden and agitated barks erupt from inside a place supporting the abandoned, abused and lost of Norman.

Marley Dablo walks down the line of cages, plastic bag in hand. She counts how many of the dogs have used the bathroom in their crates and then tactically steps in to clean up the mess. With some of the dogs, she tries to divert their attention elsewhere, afraid they might try to escape when she opens the cage. Others cower in the back of the cage, stricken with fear, as Dablo carefully scoops up the litter.

She coos softly, the dogs replying with whimpers and whines.

“You can see it in their eyes,” Dablo said. “Some just simply need a loving human touch to calm them down, make them happy.”

Dablo, a senior at the University of Oklahoma, has been an active volunteer at the Norman Animal Welfare Shelter since August, realizing she wanted to do something positive for Norman in some way before she left for good in May. Dablo attended a training session with a representative from a new organization, Friends of the Animals in Norman, also known as FAN, to learn the ins and outs of volunteering at the public pound.

It is hard to see at first, the sadness of such a sight distracting from the heroic efforts made by the staff and volunteers at the shelter, but the cages of lonely faces are being given a second chance. These efforts to save and find homes for the dogs and cats of Norman go at many times unrewarded, since every time one animal has found a home, it seems another is being put down. The volunteers call this “death row.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Chamber Banquet During annual banquet, Chamber of Commerce promotes moving Norman forward

    Amidst the backdrop of music, dancing, dinner and fellowship, business leader Mike Fowler announced that the time for a quality-of-life initiative in Norman has come. As incoming Norman Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Fowler and ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Symposium speaker Paul Polik: Commerce can help and bring millions out of poverty

    How to harness the power of commerce to address social and environmental challenges in sustainable ways was the topic of discussion at the University of Oklahoma Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth’s fourth annual Social ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Amber waves turn gray as farms lose younger generation

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Jerry Pfeiffer was thrilled when his son, Kelsey, 25, announced plans to return to the family’s farm in Orlando....

    April 18, 2014

  • Postal retiree luncheon set

    A postal retiree luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, 123 N. Interstate Drive in Norman. Diners will meet in the lobby. For more information, call Joyce Carle at 872-5157....

    April 18, 2014

  • Flapjack fundraiser set

    The Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, will partner with the Global Outreach Team at Go Church to host a Flapjack Fundraiser on April 26. Proceeds raised will be used by team members to purchase ...

    April 18, 2014

  • OU Hornsemble goes to the movies

    The OU Hornsemble will present a concert of music from the cinema at 6 p.m. April 27 in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. Billed as “Movie-Time Music,” the ensemble will present a wide variety of cinematic music from the 1940s to the ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    DENVER — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions....

    April 18, 2014

  • Fallin disappointed SBAdenied loans

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday she is disappointed that a federal agency denied a request for loans to businesses in two Oklahoma towns affected by an emergency bridge closure....

    April 18, 2014

  • Sudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

    JUBA, South Sudan — An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Woman bound over for trial

    A Slaughterville woman facing a manslaughter charge after the death of an 8-year-old child was bound over for trial this week after a preliminary hearing in Cleveland County District Court. Kimberly Dawn Wenthold, 29, was charged in ...

    April 18, 2014