When Freckles was a year and a half old, she had juvenile cataracts in both of her eyes. Veterinarians thought it was so severe they wouldn’t be able to correct it with surgery.
Orphaned Angels Rescue and Sanctuary took the Cocker Spaniel in and gave her the surgery she needed. She has new lenses in both eyes and a home because of the nonprofit organization.
Seven animal rescues from around the state will come together this weekend in hopes of finding homes, just as Freckles did, for hundreds of animals.
Orphaned Angels, Pet Angels Rescue, Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, Edmond Animal Shelter, FETCH, Tiny Tails Small Dog Rescue and Free to Live will have animals available for adoption at the Petsmart in Edmond.
Crystal Maib, founder of Orphaned Angels, said the participating rescues hope to find homes for at least 200 of the several hundred dogs, cats and small critters that will be at the event. Adoption fees will start as low as $25.
Dana Huckaby, executive director of Pet Angels Rescue, said even people interested in owning a purebred should not shy away from adoption. She recently found homes for two Havanese puppies, for example.
The event is not only about finding homes for these animals, but also educating current and potential pet owners about pet overpopulation.
“People just don’t know,” Maib said. “But the great thing about it is, if we do 200 adoptions, then there’s 200 more animals out there these groups can save from the bad end of it — euthanization for space and things like that.”
According to the American Humane Association, roughly 56 percent of dogs and 71 percent of cats who enter animal shelters are euthanized. And according to The Humane Society of the United States, only 30 percent of the 178.9 million owned cats and dogs in the United States come from shelters.
“Adoption is the way to go,” Huckaby said.
If you go
Where: Petsmart, 1921 Broadway Court, Edmond
When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday