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October 8, 2012

Add a furry friend to the fall lineup

TAHLEQUAH — As the weather turns colder, one way to guarantee having a “snuggle buddy” is to adopt a dog from a shelter.

October is Adopt-A-Dog Month, sponsored by the American Humane Association, and the Humane Society of Cherokee County has plenty of canine companions to choose from.

“At any given time, we have about 150 dogs awaiting adoption,” said HSCC volunteer Lou Hays. “We keep 90 at the shelter, and the rest are cared for by foster families.”

The Humane Society of Cherokee County operates a no-kill shelter, making adoption crucial considering the number of animals it takes in each month.

According to HSCC Secretary Rachel Ranallo, the organization receives hundreds of calls a month about unwanted pets. On average, about 15-20 are adopted each month.

“It’s about a 1-7 ratio of calls to adopt versus people seeking help with unwanted animals,” said Ranallo.

Hays coordinates with organizations in other states to transport dogs out of the area, and about 50 local canines a month find happy homes elsewhere.

Feeding and caring for all those animals can be costly, too. The Humane Society is a nonprofit organization, and relies on donations to keep it afloat. The HSCC resale shop at 17736 S. Muskogee Ave., is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and is across from the Cherokee Nation Complex, All proceeds benefit the shelter, and donations, except clothing, are always welcome.

The organization also partners with a number of local restaurants, which sponsor monthly fundraisers. A portion of each meal sale is donated to HSCC.

To facilitate adoption, HSCC has teamed up with Pet Sense, which hosts a “Doggie Date Night from 6 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the shop in the shopping center behind Chili’s. The cost to adopt an animal from HSCC runs between $65 and $85.

All animals available through HSCC are spayed or neutered and vaccinated.

According to the American Humane Association website, an estimated 3.7 million animals are euthanized in shelters every year. Adopting an animal not only saves its life, but also reduces overpopulation.

HSCC is offering a spay and neuter clinic Saturday, Oct. 13, which includes all cats and a limited number of female dogs, weighing no more than 35 pounds

 

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