Adoption Day Held For Pets Displaced By May Tornadoes

Sunday, June 23rd 2013, 7:11 pm
By: News 9

More than 100 pets were unclaimed from area shelters following the May tornado outbreak, so on Sunday at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds it was Adoption Day.

Hundreds of animal lovers lined up in hopes of adopting one of the displaced pets. The line formed early Sunday and stretched all the way to Robinson St.

"We just wanted to give a dog a second chance," said Tracy Parker from Moore.

Parker said she herself wasn't affected by the tornado, but she wanted to do her part to help. So she decided to adopt one of the animals.

"We saw Oscar," said Parker. "One look at him and we said ‘That's our dog.'"

She along with others scoured the building where volunteers brought the more than 100 dogs, cats and one rabbit to the Cleveland County Fairgrounds to be adopted.

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"He was just so well mannered, so cute and so sweet," said Halie Lester, who adopted one of the small dogs.

Lester's family wasn't affected by the recent tornadoes, but they knew all too well what the victims were going through.

"My sister was in the May 3 tornado and lost everything. So we thought we would help other people out and animals as well," said Angela Lester of Oklahoma City.

One by one, each animal met its new owner as they move forward from the devastation to a new life with a new family.

"It's heartwarming and it's sad," said Parker. "But it's also rewarding because they're all going to go home today."

More than 100 pets were reunited with their owners prior to Sunday's event. The unclaimed pets adopted on Sunday were from both the Animal Resource Center and the Cleveland County Fairgrounds shelter. 

The Central Oklahoma Humane Society will host a separate adoption event for animals housed at their facility.