By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Special Interest | Issue: November 2006
S.C.A.R.S. officers, from left, Nancy Orjala, vice-president; and Sherrie Daniel, president, along with Luke Orjala, a junior volunteer, and Taco, a mixed-breed dog that has already been adopted.
A fall indoor sale to benefit abandoned pets in Rogers County is scheduled for November 10 and 11 at the Claremore Expo Center.
S.C.A.R.S., formerly known as the Rogers County Humane Society, is a non-profit group whose purpose is to provide resources to help with the animal overpopulation problem.
“Our all-volunteer group does not receive funding from any local, state or national agency,” says Sherrie Daniel, S.C.A.R.S. president.
Nancy Orjala, vice-president, says, “People need to realize that animal overpopulation is a huge problem. It is not our responsibility to take care of the problem. We are a resource to help with the problem.”
The organization’s mission statement is to break the cycle of unwanted animals by promoting and facilitating spay and neuter for all pets.
“We are not associated with the Claremore Animal Shelter,” says Daniel, “but we do work closely with them to find homes for unwanted animals.”
S.C.A.R.S. volunteers will work with individuals by helping them find a foster home until the animal can be adopted. However, according to Daniel, “we don’t have enough foster homes. Many of the people who helped us in the past have moved away or are no longer able to care for animals.”
Once an animal is taken in, the dog or cat must be vet-checked and spayed or neutered. “That involves a lot of money,” says Orjala. “It also takes a lot of money and time to keep up the animal’s health until it is adopted.”
Because the organization receives no outside government funding, they rely on cash donations, membership dues, pet adoptions and fundraisers to help with the overpopulation problem. The sale is an annual event and the main fundraiser to help pay for the care of unwanted animals until they are adopted.
“We hope to have 50 booths at this year’s sale,” says Orjala. “We usually have between 20 and 30 vendors.”
Vendors keep the proceeds from the sale of items but must pay a $25 booth rental fee to benefit S.C.A.R.S. Interested individuals or groups may pick up an application for a booth at the Contemporary Pet Spa located at 420 E. Patti Page Blvd.
S.C.A.R.S. volunteers are also seeking donations of sale items for their booth. If you wish to donate items, contact Sherrie Daniel at 638-7437 or S.C.A.R.S. at 313-4864.
The organization is also looking for volunteers to foster abandoned animals until they can be adopted into loving families. Individuals who wish to adopt must pay a fee of $85 for dogs and $65 for cats, which covers the cost of spaying and neutering and other medical expenses.
The sale will be open from 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.
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After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.