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The estimated 140 animals have been spayed or neutered and vaccinated, and most have received microchip implants that help reunite owners with their pets, said volunteer Tiffany Chancellor-Pacheco. The adoption fee is $70 with proceeds going to the Moore Animal Shelter.

About 80 dogs and 60 cats remain from the pets initially aken to the shelters in the aftermath of the tornado. Wednesday is the final day for original owners to claim their animals.

A few of the larger dogs that are not adopted will be used in connection with a state Department of Corrections initiative.

The dogs will be sent to an Oklahoma prison as part of New Leash on Life, a 10-week program in which inmates work with and train the canines.

After that program has ended, the canines will be available for adoption.

Most of the animals affected by the tornado were taken to Animal Resource Center, 7941 S. Interstate 35 Service Rd. in Oklahoma City the Cleveland County Fairgrounds’ temporary shelter and the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, 7500 N. Western Avenue. That final agency will conduct its own adoption event at a later date.

Animal Resource Center continues to board pets whose owners lost their houses in the twister. These animals will be placed in foster homes until the owners have a new place to live.

For photos of the animals, visit the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry’s website at

Credit: Shannon Cornman

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