Central Oklahoma Humane Society
Puppy Bangel cuddles with Humane Society employee Cassidy Vaughn at the front desk of the Humane Society. Employees at the Humane Society frequently interact with the animals being cared for there. Photo by David Terry, the Vista.
For 32 years, the Oklahoma Gazette has hosted the “Best in OKC” poll that allows readers to nominate and vote for various Oklahoma City favorites from best bar to best pizza. The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is hoping to be nominated in the categories of best non-profit and best place to volunteer.
The organization has received the award for best non-profit in Oklahoma City for the the past three years, and they’re hoping for a fourth, along with turning the second-place title they currently hold for “best place to volunteer” into a first-place title as well.
Ricci Curtis has been volunteering with the shelter for three months and was recently hired as an animal care attendant. She believes that they’re deserving of the honor.
“It’s a very cool environment to be in,” Curtis said. “You get to be around cute animals all the time, and part of the volunteer stuff is taking care of the animals.”
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The shelter has opportunities for all schedules, offering hours to volunteer ranging from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The organization also has five locations that volunteers can choose from to work at.
“It’s a a lot of cleaning, cuddling the animals that are here, organizing and keeping up to date on things,” Curtis said.
Volunteer duties include:
- Cleaning kennels
- Cleaning litter boxes
- Cleaning cat rooms
- Feeding the animals
- Playing with the cats
- Walking/playing with the dogs
- Processing adoptions
Volunteers are a big part of what keep the shelter running, and while it is a lot of work, volunteers say there is also a fair amount to be gained.
“Anytime puppies are here, it’s my favorite,” Curtis said. “I enjoy being around animals, and you’re around people a lot too. You also get to see happy stories about adoptions.”
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Along with providing a great volunteer environment, the Central Oklahoma Humane Society also provides events for the public, such as spay and neuter clinics, as well as adoption events.
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“I have a hard time not taking in stray animals,” Curtis said. “Volunteering helps me feel like I’m doing my part.”
If you’re interested in volunteering, you can visit the Central Oklahoma Humane society’s website at www.okhumane.org to register.
If you want to nominate or vote for one of your Oklahoma City favorites, visit the Oklahoma Gazette’s website at okgazette.com.