Pets & People adoption special ‘most successful’ yet

Canadian County humane society finds homes for 56 animals; raffle raises $12,264

Santa Claus (Kevin Jay) with dogs that were adopted during Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope” event at Pets & People Humane Society, 9733 N.W. 4th. Jay is the husband of Pets & People board member Paula Jay. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

An eastern Canadian County animal welfare group placed 56 pets in new homes during a recent adoption promotion.

Pets & People Humane Society adopted out 28 cats (and kittens) and 28 dogs (and puppies) during Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope” event.

A discounted $25 adoption fee was offered Dec. 6-20 at Pets & People’s adoption center, 9733 N.W. 4th Street.

Pets & People executive director Amy Brooks Young

“This is our most successful Empty the Shelters event yet to date,” Pets & People executive director Amy Brooks Young said. “The adoptions were everything from baby kittens to senior dogs, so it was a great success.

“We were able to rescue an additional 23 pets that were set to be euthanized, thanks to our success of this event.”

The pre-Christmas Empty the Shelters adoption special helped make room in Pets & People’s foster homes and adoption center to welcome newly rescued pets.

Young thanked Pets & People operations manager Morgan Brand for her coordination efforts that made the two-week “Holiday Hope” event a rousing success.

As a bonus, Santa Claus (ably portrayed by Kevin Jay) showed up at the adoption center for five days to take pictures with newly adopted pets and their owners.

Canadian County’s premier humane society has worked with Bissell Pet Foundation since May 2020 by offering quarterly adoption specials.

Some 252 animals – 175 dogs and 77 cats – have been adopted during nine Empty the Shelters events at Pets & People.

Pets & People’s regular adoption fees are $135 for dogs and $85 for cats, and Bissell Pet Foundation’s sponsorship makes the $25 rate possible.

In April 2021, the non-profit organization opened a 7,782-square foot adoption center near Morgan Road and N.W. 4th.

The building, on the east side of Morgan Road between Reno and N.W. 10th, features a 1,682 square foot office area downstairs and a 6,100 square foot warehouse.

Pets & People left the old City of Yukon animal shelter at 701 Inla, where it had been nearly 25 years.

Pets & People raffle winner Elaine Caisse adopted the puppy dog Randall from the Canadian County humane society in May 2021. The raffle – for a seven-day, six-night stay for two people at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico – raised $12,264 for the non-profit animal welfare group. (Photo provided)


Meanwhile, Pets & People raised $12,264 in a raffle for a seven-day, six-night stay for two people at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico.

“This funding makes an incredible difference as we finish out 2021 and look forward to 2022,” Young said in late December.

Raffle winner Elaine Caisse, of Newcastle, adopted the puppy dog Randall from Pets & People in May 2021.

“Elaine is over-the-moon excited about her upcoming Cancun trip,” Young shared.

A no-kill humane society and animal rescue, Pets & People has saved some 58,000 dogs and cats since the early 1990s.

Pets & People adopted out 652 animals in 2021 while coordinating the rescue and transport of another 250 pets to breed-specific rescues across the country.

All animals are microchipped and spayed/neutered to prevent further pet homelessness. Dogs and cats are heartworm tested and vaccinated before being adopted.

All adoptions have been completed through curbside adoption processes since March 2020.

Besides the adoption center in eastern Canadian County, Pets & People maintains a three-acre dog park just west of the city’s animal control facility on N Inla.

Learn more about Pets & People by calling (405) 367-7156 or visit