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December 6, 2012

Yappy Hour returns for second year to help homeless pets

DUNCAN — Christmas is going to the dogs — in a good way — this December with several activities being put on by the Stephens County Humane Society.

First up this month is the Christmas Yappy Hour at 6 p.m. Friday at the Scarlet Event Center in the Chisholm Mall. This is SCHS’s second Yappy Hour for 2012 and the hope is that it is as successful as the one in April which close to 200 people attended and about $5,263 was raised.

“We’re hoping it’s well attended to help us end the year strong,” said Patti Whitaker, event chair. “Yappy Hour is a no-stress way to get your Friday evening started.”

This is to be a casual event and will feature free appetizers, a cash bar and live entertainment provided by Duncan’s own Kelly Lewis and the Oklahoma City band “Straight Shooter.”

“It’s going to be a good time to support the Humane Society and have fun and we appreciate Gina Baker for the use of the Scarlet Event Center,” Whitaker said. “We will also have a wheel for prizes and a 50/50 raffle.”

Additionally, if you’ve had trouble finding the perfect ornament for your dog, look no further. Duane Britton will be at the event engraving the names of dogs on dog bone ornaments.

Funds from Yappy Hour go to provide for the shelter and all the animals housed there. Advance ticket purchase is preferable, however, they will be available at the door. Tickets are available at Ms. Polly’s Parlor, Prairie Rose, Eclectic Echo and Sundown Travel.

Also this month from the SCHS is pet and family photos with Santa from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Chisholm Mall. This holiday photo is available for a small donation that will help also help the shelter out with operational funds.

“A visit from Santa is another way for us to give back to the community and raise a little money for our shelter,” said Whitaker. “It’s an opportunity to capture a special moment with pets and family.”

If you aren’t able to visit one of these events, there are other ways to help out cats and dogs of the shelter. This year, the SCHS has two “Howliday” Christmas trees set up, one at Orscheln’s and one in the Chisholm Mall. On these trees are ornaments with a wish list item.

“Just select an ornament, purchase the item and leave it in the shopping bag at the store or drop it by the shelter,” said Whitaker. “We hope the gift sacks are overflowing with wish list items.”

Some examples of items includes dog and cat food, treats, toys and office supplies such as copy paper, paper towels and detergent.

The Friends of the Humane Society also have a tree that the community is able to bid on in the Simmons Center as part of their annual Christmas Tree Auction.

“We want to remind people that we have several on-going programs, with specific emphasis this time of year on our 60 for 60 program,” said Whitaker. “This is an adoption program that matches up dogs and cats with people over 60 because we always have several dogs and cats whose personalities make them a perfect match for our older citizens.”

Pets provide a tremendous benefit to people, especially the elderly, in chasing away depression, providing companionship, lowering blood pressure and easing loneliness. Another way to give is with a monetary donation to the Pet Partner Fund. This fund was developed for the sole purpose of helping other people getting the companion animal of their dreams by offsetting part of the adoption fees.

Monetary contributions can be mailed to PO Box 669, Duncan, OK 73534 or dropped off at the Shelter at 714 Martin Luther King Ave.

“On behalf of the entire Stephens County Humane Society, we want to emphasize our deep appreciation to all our supporters because we know there are numerous demands for a family’s charitable contributions and that the need throughout our community is great,” Whitaker said. “Stephens County is blessed to have so many independent non-profit organizations providing valuable and sometimes crucial services.

We encourage people to contribute when and as much as they can to their charities of choice — hopefully that will include SCHS — and to keep their contributions local.”

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