By Darla Sheldon
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) is gearing up to host their 4th Midnight Woofness Mega Adoption Event. Beginning Friday, Oct. 14 at midnight in the PetSmart parking lot at 1921 S. Broadway in Edmond, the event will continue around the clock until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16.
Midnight Woofness IV – A True Homecoming is sponsored by PetSmart Charities. The goal is to make pet adoption an event that is fun and to raise awareness about the plight of pet homelessness.
OK Humane needed a way to set their event apart that would ignite a community interest in pet adoption. They decided that Midnight Woofness events would be held around the clock for a 41-hour marathon.
Hundreds of volunteers will come together to coordinate and direct one of the largest adoption events in Oklahoma history. The midnight kick-off will feature a celebrity MC and a “pup rally” along with food and other festivities. More than 600 animals will be onsite to choose from including puppies, kittens, dogs and cats.
“From planning, all the way through the event, working with twelve different rescue groups, we will have around 300 volunteers for the Midnight Woofness event,” said Emily Garman, one of the original founders of COHS who continues to be a dedicated volunteer.
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that exists to enrich the Oklahoma City metro communities it serves by promoting the wellbeing of animals. OK Humane is funded solely by donations, grants, and bequests “It is incredibly rewarding to see the welfare groups come together and work hard to place over 550 dogs and cats in new homes. Our Mega Adoption events are wonderful examples of communities coming together to help shelter animals,” said OK Humane’s president Christy Counts.
Animals that will be available for adoption at the Midnight Woofness event are from several partnering organizations. The list includes PetSmart, the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, Pet Angels, Red Dirt Boxer Rescue, The Bella Foundation, Second Chance, OK Save A Dog, Ms. Kitty’s Cat Rescue, Best Friends of Pets, Forever Friends Humane Society, Friends with Four Paws and Wags to Whiskers.
Some adoption fees will be as low as $10 during the midnight hours. Included in the fee is spay/neuter, vaccinations and de-worming. Adoptions will also include a number of coupons, giveaways, id tags and treats for dogs.
More than 8 million pets in the United States live in shelters and about 4 million are euthanized every year because of limited resources or they can’t find homes.
The Midnight Woofness events were born out of the PetSmart Charities ‘People Saving Pets’ movement. This program complements the efforts of local animal welfare organizations and promotes awareness and action around the cause of saving homeless pets.
Last spring Oklahoma City was selected as one of two national launch cities to for the program. Creating greater public awareness about homeless pets, encouraging adoptins and spaying/neutering are all crucial reducing pets euthanazia.
In addition to adoption opportunities, other activities are planned supporting the “Homecoming” theme. A “Homecoming King and Queen” contest featuring pets dressed as royalty begins October 1 with votes cast online. The winning photo will be announced at the event on Saturday, Oct. 15, at noon.
Families and friends can also enjoy “Tailgating” festivities including face painting and a variety of other children’s activities.
“We had over 300 people in line before midnight at previous events just to get in. How great for these once cast-off animals to now have people waiting for them,” said Garman.
The OK Humane Place Spay/Neuter Clinic, at 4522 NW 16 St. in the Meridian Plaza Shopping Center, is open to the public as well as to local rescue groups Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
For more information about the Midnight Woofness IV – A True Homecoming event or OK Humane visit www.midnightwoofness.okhumane.org and www.okhumane.org