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Humane society holds weekend dog, cat adoption marathon

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Shakespeare meets Shih Tzus at Central OK Humane Society's "Midnight Woofness: A WoofSummer Night's Dream." The adoption event kicks off at midnight Saturday and continues until 5 p.m. Sunday at PetSmart, 1417 W. Interstate 240.

More than 300 different dogs and cats will be on hand and available for adoption. Central OK Humane Society President Christy Counts hopes that all of them will find a home over the weekend.

"We will literally have all breeds, sizes, shapes and ages," she said. "And if we get all 300 pets adopted, that is just 300 more that we will be able to get out of city shelters."

Counts also hopes that people will realize just how important pet adoption is.

"It's doing the right thing," she said. "It's giving pets a second chance."

Many organizations " including PetSmart, the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, Heartland Lab Rescue, Red Dirt Boxer Rescue and OK Save a Dog " are partnering to provide animals for and sponsor the event.

The procedures and fees for adoption vary with each adoption agency, but Counts said that Central OK Humane Society has specific desires for those hoping to adopt.

"We want to develop a relationship with the people hoping to adopt one of our pets," she said. "We want to make sure the pet and family are good for each other. We want it to be an informed decision."

All the pets will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and de-wormed.

Beyond the opportunities for adoption, coupons and goodies for both people and dogs will all be given away at the event to add a bit of excitement.

"Midnight Woofness" will be highlighted by two performances of "A WoofSummer Night's Dream," one at midnight Saturday and another at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Members of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park will put on the performances and incorporate the animals available for adoption, although Counts isn't entirely sure how.

"I know the actors have a plan, but I don't know what that plan is," she said. "You'll just have to come and watch to find out."

There will be a number of daytime children's activities, including face painting and arts and crafts, so "the kids will be entertained while parents choose the latest addition to the family," Counts said.

The event is free. For more information, visit www.okhumane.org. "Joshua Boydston

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