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October 6, 2012

Being user-friendly: Animal Control set to break ground on outdoor runs

ENID, Okla. — Enid Animal Control will have an open house and ground-breaking ceremony Saturday for new outdoor runs being built for animals at the facility.

The public is invited to visit the facility 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Animals will be available for adoption, as well as city pet licenses.

“We want people to come out on the 13th and learn more about their animal control facility,” Chief Brian O’Rourke said. “We invite them to come out and look at the facility.”

He said he wants the public to understand the mission of the facility.

“We’re actively trying to promote adoption and decrease euthanasia at the facility,” he said.

Building the outside runs has been in the making for more than two years, and Paws 4 the Cause has helped raise funds for the project.

“With this project, we will be able to be out in front of the building, it will be easier for people to see the animals, we’ll be able to exercise the dogs outside and people will be able to come down and check compatibility of the dogs with their animals,” O’Rourke said. “It will really make our facility user-friendly for people who want to come down and see what we have available.”

Volunteer and Adoption Coordinator Rachel Hancock said those at the Animal Control Center want the public to now how appreciative they are of the support they’ve received.

“We want everyone to know how appreciative we are to have gotten  the support and for those who have raised the money for the project,” she said. “With their participation, they’ve shown how important the animals are in their lives.”

She said the building of the dog runs will benefit both animals and humans at the facility.

“We’re excited to have the outdoor pen space for people who adopt and our animals,” Hancock said. “It’s going to be a space for people to get a sense of a dog’s personality when they play with them outdoors.”

The Groom Closet will have a drawing for anyone who adopts a dog or a cat. Their name will be placed in the drawing for a free year’s supply of dog or cat food. The Feed Barn will have dog and cat food available Saturday, and Chisholm Trail Broadcasting will be hosting a spot from the facility.

Hancock said there will be volunteers available to explain the adoption process, give tours of the facility and adopt out animals.

The facility is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

To see animals available for adoption at the facility, go to the Adopt a Pet Enid Facebook page at: www.face 196297453784900?fref=ts.

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