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Pet project raises awareness for animals’ needs

HEATHER WARLICK-MOORE Modified: July 2, 2009 at 7:21 am •  Published: July 2, 2009
Friday was "Take Your Dog to Work Day,” created by Pet Sitters International to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs.

Nationally, thousands of businesses opened their doors to employees’ pets.

Gungoll Jackson Collins Box & Devoll P.C., an Enid law firm with an Oklahoma City branch, was one such business. Melodee A. Haworth, legal assistant at the firm, coordinated the day. She sees it as a way to raise money for the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and to bring awareness to the plight of shelter animals that may be euthanized because there are not enough homes for them.

"You see, with the economic stress, a lot of people are having to give up their animals. So, there are a lot of them out there,” she said. "But the flip side of that is bringing one into your family is a cheap form of entertainment. I mean, you don’t have to go out to the movies; they’ll bring the joy right to you. So, it’s a win-win situation if you go in and you get one right now.”

At the firm, Haworth coordinates a pet photo contest, and employees get highly competitive with their entries. She’s had the usual dogs and cats entered, as well as some unusual pets, such as a mule and squirrel.

"It’s hysterical.