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June 24, 2013

Adopt-a-thon at Cleveland County fairgrounds declared success

NORMAN — Oklahomans banded together once again for a rescue of a different sort on Sunday afternoon; one that involved wagging tails and the occasional “meow.”

Hundreds of people lined up at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds for a pet adopt-a-thon to help the animals who were displaced by the Moore tornado on May 20.

City of Moore spokesperson Jayme Shelton said he believed there were between 125 to 140 pets up for adoption on Sunday and nearly all of them got adopted.

There were nine cats left at the end of the day on Sunday but Second Chance Animal Shelter came and got them, Shelton said. There were also two dogs that went unadopted.

“There will be no euthanasias. All animals will be found a loving home,” Shelton said. “Everything was either adopted, went to rescue or went to (a foster home).”

Some of those that went to a foster home were pets who had been claimed by their owners but couldn’t be picked up because they were staying in a hotel, he said.

The event was set for 1 to 6 p.m. However, by the time 3 p.m. rolled around it seemed that many of the pets were well on their way to having a new family and a new home.

As barks of about every dog breed you could imagine echoed through the barn on that afternoon, many of their cages displayed signs reading “adopted” or “this pet is unavailable.”

One Moore resident said she and her husband came out to adopt a pet because they figured there would be so many of them, but by the time they got there most of the pets were already adopted.

Justin Scally, national director of emergency services for the American Humane Association said the adoption process included filling out an application, having time to interact with the pet and then starting the actual adoption process.

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