NORMAN — The 2-year-old dachshund peered out from between bars, watching with warm, friendly eyes as a line of people began to trickle into the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. Around him, other dogs barked and wagged tails, or slept in their crates. In a smaller room in the back, kittens and cats waited for people to reach them.
As visitors passed, the tiny dog greeted them with a shy wiggling of his thin tail. The dachshund had lost one family, but on Sunday he was ready to be claimed by a new one.
Like the other pets at the fairgrounds, this dog was separated from his owners in a series of tornadoes and severe storms that ripped through Moore and the surrounding area in May.
In the month since the storms struck, more than 150 dogs and cats have been reunited with their owners, thanks to the efforts of area animal shelters and compassionate volunteers. However, an equal number of animals remained unclaimed.
The 150 unclaimed animals from three metro-area shelters were offered for adoption Sunday at a special one-day adoption event. Long before the doors opened, lines of potential pet owners formed, stretching across the fairgrounds' parking lot.
Angela Lester and daughters Halie, 9, and Kourtney, 3, of Oklahoma City, were some of the first in line.
“We have a small dog now, and we're hoping to find her a friend,” Lester said. “We want to welcome one of these dogs into our home.”
Kristi Scroggins, who has a veterinary clinic in Moore, recognized many of her patients at the event. In the wake of the storm, she and other veterinarians worked to treat injured animals, spay or neuter them and microchip them before adoption.
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