Time’s Up For Pets Who Were Victims of the Oklahoma Tornado

Updated: July 1, 201, 2013

Pets who were victims of the May tornado in Moore, Oklahoma were given 30-days for their owners to claim them.  The 30-day hold is now up and they are at risk of being euthanized to make space for incoming pets at the shelter.  Oklahoma City Animal Care & Control is holding 900 pets in a shelter that typically accommodates 400.  In response to this national disaster, PAWS Chicago sent its medical team and a dedicated group of volunteers to Moore and Oklahoma City to save as many of these pets as possible.

PAWS Chicago rescued 79 cats and dogs, with 10 volunteers driving five vans to transport the animals back to Chicago. The drive was 12 hours to Oklahoma and 14 hours back, with the caravan arriving just after 2:00 am on Sunday June 30.  Many of the animals who were rescued had illnesses and injuries and will need extensive medical care and time in foster before they are ready for adoption.  A volunteer favorite is Paulette, an adorable and inquisitive one-year-old Cattle Dog mix with an open wound where a bullet went through her body, exposing her shoulder blade.  PAWS Chicago’s veterinary team is assessing the best way to treat her and remove the buckshot in her body.

Before being available for adoption, all pets are given complete medical care, vaccinations, microchips and spay/neuter surgeries. The first group of 14 dogs and four cats are already available for adoption, arriving at PAWS Chicago’s Lincoln Park Adoption Center on Monday July 1.

Throughout both Oklahoma rescue missions, PAWS Chicago has remained committed to helping animals at Chicago’s Animal Care & Control.  Of the 6,000 pets that PAWS Chicago will save this year, 4,000 pets will come directly from Chicago’s Animal Care & Control.

See the animals available for adoption here:
Click HERE for Cats
Click HERE for Dogs

Check out the recent media coverage on the Oklahoma Rescue Mission:

NBC:  http://www.nbcchicago.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/PAWS-Chicago-Rescues-More-Oklahoma-Animals/213766691
WGN: http://wgntv.com/2013/06/30/chicago-volunteers-rescue-pets-abandoned-by-ok-tornadoes/
FOX:  http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/22730263/paws-chicago-rescues-more-dogs-from-oklahoma#.UdGDW07LS40.twitter

Read about PAWS Chicago’s first rescue mission to Oklahoma the week the tornado hit by clicking HERE.

Photos by Caitlin Lisa Photography

PAWS Chicago Returning to Oklahoma to Rescue Pets at Risk of Euthanasia

On Friday, June 28, one month after a tornado ravaged Moore, Oklahoma, PAWS Chicago is launching a second rescue mission, returning to the hardest hit areas of Oklahoma to take in unclaimed and unwanted pets who were displaced by the tornado.

These homeless pets have been sitting at local shelters in Moore and Oklahoma city for the 30 day holding period which has now ended. With more than 800 animals being held in space that typically accommodates 400, the shelters are over-capacity and are struggling to provide needed space to all the pets in their care.  Since these animals have not been claimed, their time is now up and they are at risk of being euthanized.

“We feel compelled to help in times of national disasters, and the tornadoes in Oklahoma were devastating to so many people and animals,” said Paula Fasseas, Founder and Chair of PAWS Chicago. “Now time is up for these homeless pets and PAWS Chicago is their last hope. By bringing them to our Chicago adoption program, we can save them and bring something positive to a community that has been through so much.”

PAWS Chicago volunteers and medical team will be going to Oklahoma City Animal Care & Control and the Moore Animal Shelter with several vans ready to take homeless pets back to Chicago.

Once in Chicago, each cat and dog will be taken to PAWS Chicago’s Rescue & Recovery Center where they will receive all needed medical care.  While sick or injured pets will require extensive treatment and time to recover in a loving foster home, many pets will be available for adoption on Monday, July 1 at PAWS Chicago’s Lincoln Park Adoption Center.

Throughout this rescue mission, PAWS Chicago has maintained its commitment to Chicago’s Animal Care & Control. Of the 6,000 pets that PAWS Chicago will save this year, 4,000 pets will come from Chicago’s Animal Care & Control.

We Need Your Support – How You Can Help!

FOSTER

PAWS Chicago is in need of foster homes to care for sick and injured pets. If you are able to provide a cat or dog with a temporary place to call home for a few weeks, please contact the foster program at foster@pawschicago.org or 773-475-9464.  By fostering a homeless pet, you enable PAWS Chicago to save more animals.

DONATE

PAWS Chicago’s mission is to build a No Kill Chicago, however, in extraordinary circumstances like this, we want to utilize our expertise and dedicated volunteer and support base to help.

Please consider supporting PAWS Chicago’s Emergency Response. Through your donations, you will enable PAWS Chicago to assist the victims of the Oklahoma tornado.  To make a donation, please visit http://tinyurl.com/donatepawschicago.

Funds raised in excess of the $50,000 goal will be used to cover additional medical expenses for the animals transported from Oklahoma or will go toward additional rescue missions.

VOLUNTEER

Throughout our Oklahoma rescue efforts, we have received an outpouring of support with hundreds of people requesting to volunteer.  We continue to need additional volunteer support over the next few weeks as the number of animals in our care has increased to accommodate the Oklahoma mission, while maintaining our efforts to save Chicago’s homeless pets.

We are excited to get you involved in our life-saving efforts. To be hands on with animals, volunteers need to complete Dog Town/Kitty City training. To sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation, please visit https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=2102705367&OR=1.

If you have any questions, please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteerrsvp@pawschicago.org