By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
Just weeks away from moving into its new home, Yukon’s animal humane society this week is offering another adoption special.
This marks the fourth time in 2020 that Pets & People has participated in Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event.
Dogs and cats may be adopted from Pets & People’s current site at the old Yukon animal shelter, 701 Inla. A $25 adoption discount is offered through Sunday, Dec. 13.
The non-profit animal welfare group is in the process of moving to a new place. Renovations are underway at the Pets & People Adoption Center, set to open soon at 9753 N.W. 4th in west Oklahoma City.
Pets & People has adopted 98 animals during its first three Empty the Shelters events in May (43), July (28) and October (27).
“That is 98 homeless pets that found forever homes and also made room for us to rescue another 98 pets in peril,” Pets & People executive director Amy Young said.
Pets & People on Dec. 8 had adopted 904 pets in 2020, with 209 adoptions from within Yukon and the rest from all corners of Oklahoma and surrounding states.
Nearly 170 shelters in 34 states are promoting Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters “Holiday Hope” event this week.
“It’s so important to choose adoption,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of Bissell Pet Foundation. “So many people want to bring a pet into their home at this time of year.
“With the overwhelming number of pets in shelters, why not give them a chance? Without you, there really is no tomorrow, so please consider adoption first.”
All Pets & People adoptions are pre-approved and by appointment only to ensure the safety of the staff and adopters.
“We have used this method in the other three events,” Young shared. “We were the first rescue in Oklahoma to enact curbside adoption procedures starting on March 23.”
Pets & People on Dec. 8 had adopted 671 pets since March 23 – all using the curbside adoption processes.
A NEW HOME
While the Yukon-area humane society finds new loving homes for animals, it is preparing to move into a new home of its own.
The Pets & People Adoption Center, in Morgan Industrial District, is on the east side of Morgan Road between Reno and N.W. 10th.
Pets & People, which has saved 58,000 cats and dogs since the early 1990s, has shared space with the City of Yukon’s animal shelter for more than 20 years.
“We are just weeks away from opening our new Adoption Center,” Young reported. “We are thrilled to open the next chapter of Pets & People. Our new Adoption Center is a beacon of hope for animals in crisis.”
The new Pets & People Adoption Center will provide rescue and adoption services as well as education and pet training for adoptive pets.
The site features a 7,782 square foot building, including a 1,682 square foot office area downstairs and a 6,100 square foot warehouse.
Pets & People staff and volunteers encourage the public to take advantage of reduced-fee pet adoptions during this week’s Empty the Shelters event.
Bissell Pet Foundation sponsors adoption fees so adopters pay $25. Pets & People’s regular adoption fees are $135 for dogs and $85 for cats.
Many adopters use the money they save to buy items their pets really need – like bowls, carriers and leashes.
All adoptable pets available during this week’s five-day promotion are required to be microchipped and spayed/neutered to prevent further pet homelessness.
View pets for adoption at http://www.petsandpeople.com or Pets and People’s Facebook page.