Your Life: Puppy Express offers a great volunteer opportunity

Charlotte Lankard: For animal lovers, volunteer opportunities are numerous, including the Oklahoma Puppy Express.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD clankard@opubco.com Modified: February 16, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: February 18, 2013
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Growing up, I always had pets. When my children were young, they had pets. My grandchildren have pets.

Because I live alone but am still working and often traveling, I do not have a pet at this time, and so I borrow my friends' pets. Gabby lives with Gene, Luther and Cluny live with Arlene, and Baby lives with Don and Pat.

I am there for “pet-sitting” if needed, or to cuddle and play with when I visit.

A few weeks ago I received an email from another pet lover — Ben Brown, who volunteers with Oklahoma Puppy Express.

Oklahoma Puppy Express is a nonprofit group that assists the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. When dogs are brought to the shelter, they are quarantined for an incubation period to check for diseases. If the dogs are declared disease-free by a veterinarian, they are then available for adoption.

It seems that Oklahoma has a surplus of dogs and if there is no home for them, they will be euthanized. When Brown discovered this, he suggested dogs be transported to other states where homes are available for them — and thus the Oklahoma Puppy Express was born.

They first secured a grant from the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma to buy a van. The van is equipped with 20 cages and all they need is a volunteer to drive it. The only cost to a volunteer is their time.

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