By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Oklahoma City metro residents are sure to complete their winning teams by selecting one of Oklahoma City’s 64 top dogs during the OKC Animal Shelter’s March Madness event.
The Shelter will select 64 dogs – one for each team in the men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments – to be available for half-price adoptions from March 13 to 19.
Their names will be put on a 64-dog bracket and be crossed off when they’re adopted into a loving home.
Each of the first 63 dogs adopted will come with a March Madness goodie bag to celebrate the adoption.
The person or family who adopts the last dog on the list will win a grand prize of a dog crate, dog bed and more.
“All of these homeless pets deserve a forever home, and we’re counting on OKC residents to help us cross off each name on the bracket,” said Animal Welfare Superintendent Julie Bank. “As your family’s new teammate, your dog will show the same loyalty and devotion these young basketball players have for each other every March.”
Also this month, Oklahoma City friends of furry people are invited to join with fellow animal lovers by volunteering to help spruce up the OKC Animal Shelter during the All Paws on Deck Community Cleanup Day.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 and helpers of all ages are welcome.
Volunteers are needed for shifts of up to two hours and can choose where and how to expend their rewarding efforts. Businesses, church and community groups are welcome to organize groups to lend multiple hands during the day.
Help is needed to deep-clean kennels and the barn, along with general cleanup inside and outside the shelter.
“Our goal is to bring the community into our Shelter and let them know they are welcome all the time, not just during the event, and that our pets need their support,” Banks said.
“Our City’s Shelter needs some tender loving care from the community for it to better serve the needs of our animals and their families.”
Sign up online at Eventbrite. There is no fee. Or call the Shelter at 405-297-3100 for details.
Several shift options and work areas are available to choose from:
Adopt A Kennel: Choose to adopt a dog kennel, cat room or barn stall for the day. The goal will be to make the bars and walls shine. The kennels need to be thoroughly scrubbed. Children are invited to participate by drawing and coloring a picture of the animal living in the area where they are working. All ages can help with this project.
Clean the Closets: The shelter closets are in need of help. This choice of duties allows volunteers to help clean closets up and clean them out. Sorting donated items, organizing, and cleaning are all involved in this choice of projects. Those with great organizing skills are encouraged to purchase this ticket option.
Clean the Trucks: Curious about what an animal control vehicle looks like on the inside? Unfortunately, right now the answer is messy. Participants can check out the vehicles while helping to spiff them up. The cabs need to be cleaned out and wiped down and the outsides need to be washed and waxed. This volunteer choice will help the Shelter and its mobile representatives look their best.
Clean the Yard: This option is perfect for those who love the outdoors. Volunteers are needed to clean up the yard and pastures. Litter needs to be collected, weeds need to be eliminated, and an overall shaping of the area is the task at hand.
All adoptable animals at the OKC Animal Shelter are up-to-date on vaccinations, treated for worms and spayed or neutered. Located at SE 29 and S Bryant Ave., the Shelter is open from noon to 5:45 p.m. every day except for holidays.
For more information, visit www.okc.gov/animalwelfare or call 405-297-3100.