Last updated: September 20. 2013 9:57AM - 1521 Views
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Brutus is a two-year-old American Bulldog mix. He likes kids but tends to knock them down. He will be adoptable at Saturday's adoption day at the Pet Place.
Brutus is a two-year-old American Bulldog mix. He likes kids but tends to knock them down. He will be adoptable at Saturday's adoption day at the Pet Place.
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Another pet adoption day is set to be held at the Pet Place in Durant Saturday. Several local rescuers will be set up outside of the pet shop hoping to find “forever homes” for animals in their care.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will also be food and drinks available at the event.

T-shirts will be sold for $15 to support the rescues as well as raffle tickets costing $1. Items to be raffled include an Android Tablet, a tanning membership and a book case among other small items.

All proceeds go toward veterinary bills for animals in the care of local rescues.

Event organizer Dakota Risner said along with Bryan County rescues, the Tishomingo Animal Shelter will be at the event adopting out animals.

According to local rescues, foster homes are needed for several rescued animals as well as forever homes.

A Facebook page has been set up to aid local rescues named “Durant Animal Rescue Alliance.” Through this page local rescues can post photos and information about animals that need to be fostered or adopted.

Individuals can also visit the page to offer aid to local rescues and to the Durant Animal Shelter. Through the page, those wishing to help can get information on how to adopt, foster, volunteer and donate.

Anna Marcy, one of the members of the alliance, said several members of the group also focus on fostering out the animals in the Durant Animal Shelter.

Thanks to the volunteers at the shelter, Marcy said the shelter has not had to euthanize an animal due to space issues in more than two years.

She said the groups are in desperate need of foster homes for animals at the time, however. The Durant Animal Rescue Alliance has recently been sending out posts on Facebook asking people to foster animals.

To foster one must contact the alliance on the Facebook page and receive a fostering application. The application process ensures that animals will be well cared for at foster homes.

Marcy said foster homes also receive checkups to ensure animal and human safety. She also said the alliance needs donations for the Durant Animal shelter such as blankets, food and cleaning supplies.

Marcy said while she doesn’t expect every person to love animals like the rescues and alliance members do, she does expect people to respect that they are living beings.

“It’s a living creature. It feels pain, sorrow and happiness. We shouldn’t allow suffering when we have the ability to do something,” said Marcy.

For more information about local rescues and how to help, visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DurantAnimalRescueAlliance.

Those interested can visit the adoption day Saturday at the Pet Place,at 116 N. 9th Ave. in Durant, to adopt, help and possibly win some prizes.

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