MOORE, OK – After a devastating EF-5 tornado destroyed parts of Moore, OK on May 20, many pets found themselves alone and homeless amidst the rubble. Wandering the streets of some of the hardest-hit areas of Moore, hundreds of animals were rescued and have been cared for at temporary animal shelters throughout the area since the deadly tornado struck the city.
“So many animals have been successfully reunited with their loving family”, said Gayla Sesher, animal welfare supervisor for the City of Moore. “But the remaining animals deserve their opportunity at a second chance with a new family who will care for them and love them unconditionally.”
Dogs and cats of all ages and breeds have been displaced as a result of the tornado. Other animals also still continue to flood local shelters. A pet adopt-a-thon will be held at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds on June 23, 2013 from 1pm to 6pm where pet survivors of the Moore tornado as well as other pets hope to have the chance to meet their new families. Adopted animals will have been microchipped, vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Pet adoption fees will be $70 with an approved application and the revenue will be used by the City of Moore to start a spay/neuter fund. Oklahoma residency is not required to adopt. The address of the Cleveland County Fairgrounds is 615 East Robinson Street, Norman, Oklahoma 73071.
“As the community continues to heal from the tragedy of May 20, it’s important that we bring closure for the animals as well,” said Justin L. Scally, national director of American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services, which deployed to help rescue and shelter the animal victims of the tornado. “The animals affected by this tornado and the animals in shelters across the country every day only need someone to give them a chance at a new beginning.”
Organizers expect a large turn-out for the event and families are encouraged to be prepared for lots of cute dogs and cats to choose from.
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