May 3, 2013

Dogs seek homes at local adoption fair

The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — The local Animal Shelter will ask a few Chickasha-area residents to open up their homes to some furry friends during their Adoption Fair this weekend.

More than 20 dogs and puppies will be at Atwoods on Ponderosa Drive, just south of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike, this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Chickasha Animal Shelter staff and volunteers will be there introducing people to some of the dogs they’ve chosen as suitable to go to a good family.

“They deserve to be taken care of,” Talia Heilman, an employee at the Animal Shelter, said. “We’ll do a questionnaire, because we don’t want just anyone to adopt these dogs.”

Currently, the shelter holds just under 100 animals, including dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. While dogs and cats aren’t bursting out the doors, the shelter is essentially full, Heilman said.

“When people bring them by, a lot say ‘It’s not mine’ or ‘I found it on the side of the road,’” Heilman said. “Some will just drop them off outside in the fenced area, no note or anything. And some are very honest and say things like ‘My husband just lost his job, and he’s just doing well enough to take care of me and the kids.’ I found so many dropped off here, and it’s just heartbreaking.”

A steady stream of animals going in and out keep the shelter full, Heilman said, which is why Adoption Fairs are important to its operation.

“[Atwood’s] is real cooperative with us,” she said. “They get the cages set up for us, so all we need to do is bring the animals over that morning.”

The shelter tries to do fairs a couple of times each year and will change locations to try and reach all the people in town they can. In the next few months, Heilman said they will try to hold another one at the actual Animal Shelter where potential pet families can have the chance to play with the dogs in the fenced area.