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Happiness is a warm puppy

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EAPL helps to place 37 dogs, 13 kittens from Oklahoma shelter

By Deb Hurley Brobst

Chow Down was the perfect place to get a puppy fix on Saturday afternoon.

Dozens of people gathered behind the pet store in Bergen Village, awaiting a minivan loaded with 37 pups and 13 kittens that arrived from the Pryor Animal League in Pryor, Okla.

Linda Biscorner, president of Oklahoma organization, drove more than 10 hours with the animals, hoping that the Evergreen Animal Protective League could help find them forever homes.

The kittens were whisked away by Susan Nocket, an EAPL volunteer and owner of the Evergreen Cat Lodge. She said seven of them would be adopted by families on Sunday.

Some of the puppies had been listed on area animal rescue websites, so the crowd that gathered was from all over the metro area, including Aurora, Brighton and Arvada.

Renee Tahja and her sons, Tayte and Levi, drove from Aurora to meet a dachshund mix they had seen on the Internet. They were still undecided on a name, though “Elsa” and “Flutter” were likely candidates.

They brought flowers for Biscorner to thank her for making the long drive to help the animals.

“We’ve been looking for a puppy like this for months,” Tahja said. “We knew we wanted a rescue.”

EAPL volunteers also thanked Biscorner because the pups would have been euthanized had she not spent a weekend driving them to Colorado.

Biscorner said the spay and neuter laws in Oklahoma are abysmal, which means many strays and animal surrenders because people aren’t willing or don’t have the financial means to take care of puppies and kittens.

EAPL president Jackie Bell said she was happy the organization could help out the Pryor animals. The network among animal rescues is tight all over the country, and EAPL is on the list to help place animals, she said.

“We respond whenever we can,” Bell said, “though (this group of animals) sets a record for us. We’ve never had quite so many come at once.”

EAPL has helped place animals that have been given up by families affected by natural disasters such as wildfires, floods and tornadoes.

In this instance, the Pryor Animal League just wasn’t able to place all of the animals it had, Biscorner said.

Aimee Schuman of Brighton was waiting for Montana, a Labrador-Dutch shepherd mix. She was able to hold Montana for a few minutes before Montana joined the other pups getting baths and deworming medication by an assembly line of EAPL volunteers. Schuman already had filled out EAPL’s adoption papers.

“We lost (a dog) not too long ago,” Schuman said. “We’ve been looking forward to getting another puppy.”

Contact Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1041. Check www.CanyonCourier.com for updates.