NORMAN — OKLAHOMA CITY – After recent tornadoes, many people are without homes: and so are many pets.
The Animal Resource Center (ARC) took in the first dog only an hour after, and continued to house lost animals. They are providing these pets with food, water, a clean cage and regular walks outside thanks to the help of volunteers. Tornado victims can bring their pets in for free boarding if they are without a home or cannot keep their dog or cat with them. As of Thursday, 79 dogs and 11 cats were reunited with their owners.
Over 150 animals have been processed through the center, said Tyler Lenz, one of the center’s employees. Because of the massive amount of donations the center has received, the center is distributing them to other shelters in the area with tornado pets.
The ARC is also giving away donated pet supplies for victims of the tornadoes who have lost everything. Bags of food and treats and piles of collars and food bowls are filling the center’s indoor arena. Individuals and businesses have donated many supplies for pets and people alike.
“The amount of things that have come in are incredible... People have been so generous,” Barbara Lewis, President of the Board of Directors at ARC, said.
Lewis said that veterinarians from all over the country have traveled to the ARC to volunteer and donate their time and skills to helping injured animals. Every animal being processed are getting micro chipped, vaccinated and neutered or spayed, and tornado victims can bring in their pets to have these procedures done for free, Lewis said.
“Now they’re just waiting on their families to come and claim them,” Lewis said.
Nearly 100 volunteers trickle through the center every day.
Paula McCoart has traveled from Grapevine, Texas, and has been at the center almost every day for two weeks, volunteering with the animals.