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How to Help Shelters Care for Four-Legged Oklahoma Tornado Survivors

Updated May 28, 2013.

dogs found after Oklahoma tornadoSince the devastating EF-5 tornado tore through Moore, Okla., on May 20, hundreds of lost and displaced pets have been brought to local animal shelters.

The shelters are filling to capacity. Here are some of the ways you can help:

  • Be a foster pet parent – If you can temporarily take in a dog or two, contact your local shelter.
  • Volunteer at a shelter – You can help walk and feed the dogs, and assist the shelter staff in other ways.
  • Donate cash and/or supplies to shelters – Whether or not you live in the Oklahoma City area, you can help animal shelters by making a donation of cash and supplies.

These local animal shelters and organizations need your help – especially monetary donations. In most cases, supplies can be dropped off or shipped via Amazon.com and other online stores. Be sure to call the shelter or organization first to confirm the supplies are still needed.

City of Moore Animal Shelter – 3900 S. I-35 Service Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73129 (map); 405-793-5190

  • Supplies needed: Check the shelter’s Wish List on Amazon.com for the items currently needed. The shelter is temporarily housing animals at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St., Norman, Okla. (map). As of May 25, more than 30 pets had been reunited with their owners. To drop off supplies or to volunteer there, check the Moore Animal Welfare & Adoption Center Facebook page for their latest needs.
  • Monetary donations: Send a check to the address above.

Oklahoma City Animal Shelter – 2811 SE 29th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73129 (map); 405-297-3100 or 405-297-3088

  • Supplies needed: Pet food, blankets and towels.
  • Monetary donations:  Click here to make an online donation.

Central Oklahoma Humane Society – 7500 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73116 (map); 405-286-1503

  • Supplies needed: Accel Disinfectant; disposable paper food bowls; medium and large wire crates, and large airline kennels; baby food (only beef, chicken or turkey); and medical supplies. Check the humane society’s blog for a complete and updated list of needs.
  • Monetary donations: Click here to make an online donation; or mail a check to Oklahoma City Humane Society, 9300 N. May Ave., Suite 400-281, Oklahoma City, OK 73120; or call the Development Office at 405-607-8991 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday.

Animal Resource Center (ARC) – 7941 South I-35 Service Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73149 (map); 405-403-4464

  • Supplies needed: Dog treats; bags of ice; small dry-erase boards and dry-erase markers (boards with adhesive that can hang off of crates are preferred); white copy paper; business envelopes; spiral notebooks; permanent markers; binders; trash bags and more. Check their Facebook page for a current list of needs.
  • Monetary donations: Click here to make an online donation to ARC via A New Leash on Life. Specify that the donation is for tornado relief.

The Bella Foundation – Bring or ship supplies to Mrs. Dolittle’s Pet Stay N Play, 8613 SW 2nd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73128 (map); 705-789-7297.

This nonprofit organization is providing supplies to the Shawnee/Bethel Acres area, where a tornado struck on Sunday. “Relief efforts have been largely diverted to Moore, although a great need still exists in the Shawnee area – especially for item donations,” the foundation reported on its website Thursday.

  • Supplies needed: Cotton or leather work gloves, all sizes; latex gloves; surgical gowns; pet shampoo; bleach; laundry detergent and more. Check the website for the most current needs.
  • Monetary donations: Click here to make an online donation.

Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma City – 405-664-2858

  • Monetary donations: Click here to make an online donation to help this nonprofit provide food, bowls, collars and leashes to dogs in need.

PHOTO: Animal Resource Center Facebook page

Laura Goldman

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