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OKLAHOMA CITY, February 2, 2018 – It’s Super Bowl weekend and while everyone is excited about the big game, the Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) is headed to Minneapolis with a different purpose in mind. As part of our pet relocation program, OK Humane will transport 24 dogs to the Animal Humane Society located in the heart of Minneapolis, just five miles from U.S. Bank Stadium where the game will take place on Sunday.
OK Humane makes monthly trips to Minneapolis as well as other cities including Milwaukee and Chicago, areas that need more adoptable pets as a result of decades of managing pet over-population. In 2017 alone OK Humane was on the road 34 weeks and drove more than 60,000 miles to save the lives of 1,563 pets. These lives are in addition to the 3,512 dogs and cats that found homes through the OK Humane adoption center.
The team of seven volunteers helping to prepare for this trip are military members stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. Most of them are stationed away from their families and volunteering to help animals, a shared passion, is a way that we can get to know each other and feel a part of the community.
Dana McCrory, Central Oklahoma Humane Society President and CEO, is optimistic the relocation program will continue to grow. “We’re excited to see this program expand,” McCrory said. “Our goal is to make Oklahoma City one of the safest and most humane cities for pets in the country, and relocation is helping us achieve that.”
While the relocation program is growing, finding the funding and manpower to perform these transports can be challenging. OK Humane relies heavily on volunteers for bathing dogs and puppies, loading up the pets for the big journey, and driving them to their new location – and each weekly ride costs $500-$1,000 in travel expenses.
Even though no one knows who will be victorious in the game this weekend, we do know that the real winners are these 24 dogs and the families they become part of, along with the heroes that made this trip possible.