By CHRIS EDENS
The Oologah Animal Shelter and Adoption Service has started fulfilling its mission to adopt animals, but they need help establishing a shelter.
OASAS board members have been working to start a “no kill” animal shelter in the Oologah area. There are no shelters betweenCollinsvilleand Nowata.
OASAS has obtained 501c-3 non profit status with the IRS. Any donations to the shelter are tax deductible.
OASAS recently adopted two stray dogs through their website and Facebook page. A blue heeler that a board member fostered was adopted to a loving home in theOklahoma Cityarea.
A board member spotted a desperate looking border collie wandering downtown Oologah last month. The dog was very skinny, dirty with matted hair and covered in fleas and ticks.
Three board members captured the dog with the help of three children in the town park. Witnesses said they had seen the dog being dumped from a car. The dog was taken to Dr. Wallis for much needed veterinary care. A family agreed to foster the dog and after taking him home for just a few hours they decided to adopt him.
“In this case, the expenses were more than the adoption fee. That’s one of the reasons we need donations and it’s why our fundraisers are so important,” OASAS board member Paul Shockley said.
OASAS is holding their annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at theOologahCommunityBuildingnext to the town park. There will be cold drinks and sweets available at the indoor, air conditioned garage sale.
Donated items for the garage sale can be dropped off at the community building Friday, July 19 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some items can be scheduled for pickup by contacting Shockley at 918-693-4969.
OASAS needs volunteers to help with fundraisers and to help with the animals once an actual shelter is opened. OASAS is an excellent opportunity for community organizations to obtain volunteer hours for all age groups.
OASAS also needs more foster homes. Forms to register with OASAS will be available at the garage sale.
“There are too many needs to handle through foster homes. We need an actual shelter,” said OASAS board member Teresa Frazier.
An accessible, central location is desperately needed to further efforts to establish the shelter. Grants and large donations are difficult to obtain without an actual location. Anyone interested in donating property to OASAS is strongly encouraged to contact Shockley.