NORMAN — Animal tornado victims unclaimed after the devastating Moore tornado will be seeking new homes Sunday at an adoption event at Cleveland County Fairgrounds.
The pet adopt-athon is from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the fairgrounds, 615 E Robinson St. in Norman, according to a bulletin on the city of Moore website.
Lindsay Balmer, a volunteer with a group called Social Media for Animal Rescue and Reunite Teams, said people who still are looking for pets after the tornadoes and storms are encouraged to come early, about noon.
SMARRT has been working with local authorities to reunite dogs, cats, birds, and even horses, with owners.
There will be about 100 dogs up for adoption, she said.
There have been numerous reunions between pets and owners, but extended hospital stays and no-pet housing arrangements after the storm devastation may be complicating pet owners' ability to come forward to reclaim animals, Balmer said.
Efforts online to reunite pets with owners include www.okclostpets.com/ and at a SMARRT Facebook page for Oklahoma, www.facebook.com/OKpets.
Adopted animals will have been vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered. A pet adoption fee is $70 with an approved application. The revenue will be used to start a spay/neuter fund for the city of Moore.