The Woodward News

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August 8, 2012

Local woman hopes to help families, pets affected by fires

Woodward, Okla. — A Woodward animal lover is hoping others will join her in helping pets and their families affected by recent wildfires.

Toni Bowser of WOOF Pet Rescue will be making a trip to Norman this weekend to participate in a pet food donation drive sponsored by the Animal Crisis Team of Oklahoma.  The drive will be held at the Wal-Mart at I-35 and Main in Norman this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jenny Patten, of the Animal Crisis Team of Oklahoma said the group is looking for donations of pet and livestock feed, leashes and collars, toys, treats, crates, bedding, bowls and cat litter and litter pans.

"The reason behind this drive is so the owners will have what they need to get their pets back," Patten said.

Since Bowser was already planning to go down and help out at the Animal Crisis drive, she said she thought she'd volunteer to transport pet food donations from others in the Woodward area who might like to help out.

"I don't have much room for the livestock feed, but should have plenty for cat and dog food," she said.

Bowser said she wants to help the Animal Crisis Team of Oklahoma in this recent disaster response, because the organization tried to help Woodward pet owners after the April 15 tornado.

"This is our chance to give back," Bowser said.

If you would like to make a donation of pet items for Bowser to transport to Norman this weekend, contact her at 334-3448.  She said she is trying to collect the donations by this Friday afternoon before her drive to Norman on Saturday morning.

Patten said that the Animal Crisis Team of Oklahoma will also accept monetary donations.

"All cash donations will go to the veterinarians that have been treating the animals (injured in the fires), to help defer some of the costs to the owners," she said.

For more information about the Animal Crisis Team or how you can help, call Patten at 405-496-3424.

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