Rescue group proposes animal shelter for rural Rogers County

CLAREMORE, Okla. - An animal rescue group has come up with a possible solution to a problem plaguing rural Rogers County.

Residents said they have noticed an increase in the number of stray animals, especially dogs.

Annette Tucker, director of Wild Heart Ranch Wildlife Rescue &  Rehabilitation, said many owners abandon their domestic animals.

"The problem is Rogers County does not have a county shelter. Wild Heart is the only facility operating as a rescue in Rogers County," said Tucker.

Tucker said law enforcement agencies often turn to her facility for help caring for domestic animals who have been abandoned.

Tucker said while she loves taking in the animals, finding room for them at her wildlife rescue can be challenging.

Tucker wants to expand Wild Heart and build a shelter across the street to care specifically for abandoned dogs, cats and seized horses.

"We have the manpower and if we build it they will come," said Tucker.

Tucker has already raised about $55,000 of the $80,000 she needs to purchase the 40 acres of land.

Tucker said the land owners have been very helpful, even reducing the price.

But Tucker still needs help.

She said she only has until the end of January to close the deal.

She hopes animal lovers across Green Country will step forward to donate, any amount they can.

Tucker said since Wild Heart is a non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible.

For more information, including ways to donate, visit Wild Heart Ranch's website or Facebook page or call (918) 230-2134 or 918-342-9453.

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