Two adoption Saturdays have been set this month in order to find animals a home before construction begins on Norman’s animal shelter in September. If the animals are not adopted, they could face euthanization.
Both adoption days will be from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Aug. 17 and 24 at the Norman Animal Welfare Center, 3428 Jenkins Avenue, just south of Highway 9. The cost for adopting an animal is $60 and must be paid in cash.
Jeff Bloomgarden, Friends of the Animals of Norman (FAN) member, said the cost is pretty reasonable considering all of the animals have been spayed or neutered, all shots are taken care of and they have all been microchipped for identification.
“The reason for these events is the forthcoming demolition of the Adoption Center, which houses 20 dogs and a number of cats,” Bloomgarden said. “We are very concerned because we are losing 20 kennels for the dogs which will increase the likelihood that more animals will be euthanized.”
Bloomgarden said while they have never had an adoption event at the shelter, it will be easier since all of the dogs are there.
FAN is a nonprofit volunteer organization that supports the staff and animals of the municipal animal shelter that strives to help create a more humane environment for the animals and reduce the number of animals euthanized, Bloomgarden said. They also encourage responsible pet ownership and work with the animal welfare center to increase the number of adoptions.
“Our long range vision is to eliminate the need for euthanizing animals and to create a future in which all animals live in humane, loving environments,” Bloomgarden said.
FAN volunteers will be assisting with the adoption events and will continue to do fundraisers to support the shelter. Those who are interested are encouraged to volunteer, he said.
Volunteers typically go to the shelter, walk the dogs, socialize with cats and help out at adoption events such as these, Bloomgarden said.
“We’re trying to develop our volunteer base so we could assist the shelter even more,” he said.
For those interested in volunteering with FAN, e-mail the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.