The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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January 5, 2014

Furever Friends in need of funding

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ENID, Okla. —

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Founder and current president Melba Evans began the rescue-foster program in June 2011 after initially helping people with expenses through the animal shelter. The group has no actual shelter location, instead using a network of around 23 foster families to temporarily house rescued animals.

Since then, the group has rescued and adopted out about 600 animals, Evans said.

“It’s a wonderful feeling when you do save them and they belong to a good home that will love them as much as you do,” she said.

The number of animals being abandoned at the city shelter declined over the last three years, according to the Enid Animal Control. Through October 2013, 1,251 dogs and 937 cats were turned over to the shelter.

Also, the number of dogs being adopted has nearly tripled since 2011 — the same year Evans began Furever Friends — with 411 canines finding homes in 2013. More than 110 cats also were adopted last year.

Evans said she believes Furever Friends played a big role in those changes because they get their animals mainly from the shelter. She and two fosters, for example, once rescued nine dogs from the facility.

“I’d just somehow like to thank the volunteers. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to do this,” Evans said.

Donations to Furever Friends can be mailed to 902 W. Broadway or made in Furever Friends’ name to Wheatland Animal Hospital, the Cat Clinic or any Bank of Kremlin. Donations also can be made online through PayPal. The group also accepts pet-care items such as food, leashes, dishes, collars and blankets.

Wilson said Furever Friends always is looking for more volunteers and fosters, including drivers, event and adoption day volunteers and a grant writer for when the group obtains 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. For more information on Furever Friends, visit the Facebook group or email evans_melba@yahoo.com.

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