Animal Welfare does more than adopt pets to the public. Trained animal welfare officers enforce City and State laws. Similar to police work, complaints coming to Animal Welfare must be substantiated or directly observed. In most cases, the reporting party may remain anonymous, but is helpful and sometimes imperative that the person be known to the Animal Welfare agency, although that information is not passed on to the person about whom they are complaining. At other times, such as cruelty cases where the act was observed by the reporting party, they must be willing to come forward and testify to the event.

Most calls to Animal Welfare though are concerning loose dogs that need to be removed from the street for both the safety of the public and the safety of the dog. The most disheartening task an officer must do is to contact a person that their pet was killed on the street while running loose.

You can help Animal Welfare make Stillwater a safer place for its citizens and pets by reporting loose dogs and animal cruelty.

The majority of the following dogs available for adoption are already spayed or neutered and ready to go home. If they are still intact, they will be altered after an adoption fee is paid to Animal Welfare;

Penny, small, brindle Terrier/Corgi mix.

Payton, Penny’s, brindle, three month old puppy.

Roadster, male, black and tan Chihuahua/Beagle mix.

Babygirl, Golden Retriever.

Snow White, American Eskimo/Beagle/Terrier mix.

Josie, small, female, house trained, groomed Dachshund/Chow mix.

Pumpkin, female, red, house trained, long haired Dachshund.

Pablo, male Boston Terrier/Jack Russell Terrier mix.

Mia Sarah, black Lab puppy, about four months old.

Puppies from three different litters.

Cats:

Litter of black and white kittens.

Blue tabby kitten.

Male, blue, bob tailed Manx mix kitten.

To see pictures of some of the pets for adoption at Animal Welfare on the Web, go to www.stillwater.petfinder.com.

Address: 1710 S. Main Street, Stillwater, OK 74074-7945. Phone: 372-0334. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Information provided by Animal Welfare of Stillwater.

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The Humane Society of Stillwater has received support from some younger members of the community proving that any and all contributions are of great importance to the animals. Sydney Bradley recently celebrated her ninth birthday. In lieu of gifts, she requested that all attendees at her party bring an item to donate to the cats and dogs at the shelter. An attendee at Sydney’s party, Mackenzie Macioge, also wants to celebrate her birthday by asking for donations to the Humane Society.

Shelter Director Jackie Ross-Guerrero said, “It is so selfless of these children to use their birthday parties as a way to benefit the homeless animals. This is such a great way to make a difference in the community.”

You have to be 18 years of age to volunteer at the shelter without a parent or guardian present. Children are welcome to visit the shelter with a guardian. The animals enjoy attention from children. Volunteering as a family is a good way to spend time and can teach children valuable lessons about contributing to the community.

As a farewell gift to the community, the Oklahoma State Veterinary Medicine Class of 2009 made a financial donation to the Humane Society that allowed the shelter to treat four heartworm positive dogs. This treatment saved their lives. All four dogs are now healthy and have been adopted by loving families.

To help the shelter, for the next three weeks go by Mexico Joe’s and throw extra change in the wishing well in front of the restaurant. The restaurant has agreed to donate all the change collected, as well as match this amount to benefit the Humane Society.

The Humane Society has a 5-6 year old beagle named Flossie. She is prematurely gray around her muzzle. She gets along with other dogs and is timid. She is kennel trained and has never had an accident inside while living with her foster family.

Address: 1710 S. Main Street, Stillwater, OK 74074-7945. Phone: 377-1701. Hours: Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; Monday, closed; Tuesday-Wednesday, 2-6 p.m.; Thursday, 2-7 p.m.; Friday, 2-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. To view pets available at Humane Society, go to www.hspets.org.

Information provided by The Humane Society of Stillwater.

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Tiny Paws Rescue has a kitten with a white chest named Bib. After he was orphaned at one week old, he was taken in by the rescue. Because he was bottle-fed, he is very people oriented and loves to cuddle. Bib has his first shots and has been neutered. For more information or to make an appointment call 880-0778. Address: 4000 West 15th Ave., Stillwater.

Information provided by Tiny Paws Rescue.

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