People are invited to meet their potential new best friends at a Free To Live Adoptathon and open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday near Edmond.
The event will be a chance for people to get acquainted with Free To Live, a no-kill animal shelter four miles north of Waterloo Road on Western Avenue, said Annette Becker, business director.
Visitors can tour the facility and consider adopting a pet or signing up as a volunteer, Becker said. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be served.
Saturday's adoption fee of $30 is half the usual amount, Becker said. The animals have been spayed or neutered and are current on shots. Those services would cost $200 at a veterinarian's office, she said.
Visitors will find 150 dogs and 150 cats from which to choose, Becker said. The dogs are medium to large size. Small dogs tend to get adopted more quickly.
The shelter has “get-acquainted” rooms where people can spend time with an animal while they decide whether to take it home.
The shelter only takes animals that have been abandoned, abused or are strays; it is unable to accept animals that owners want to surrender.
Committed to caring
The animals' care is managed by Terri Oswald, the shelter's new animal care and operations director. She succeeds Ron Wingler, 64, who died May 14 of cancer.
Wingler had directed the animals' care for 25 years.
Wingler had a special place among the people and dogs at Free to Live, Becker said.
“He was really tuned into the dogs. He made them feel at ease.”
When Wingler died, he left behind two dogs, Chili and Faith, that he had adopted from the shelter. Both are being cared for at the shelter now.
As animal operations director, Oswald is responsible for ordering medicine and food for the animals, coordinating veterinary care and deciding where to put new animals, Becker said.
Free To Live is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations from the public and from foundations. For more information, go to free