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Clear the Shelters: Nationwide pet adoption drive helps find homes for pets

Posted at 10:16 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 20:21:55-04

TULSA, Okla. — Dozens of rescue animals throughout the Tulsa metro area are in need of loving homes amid the pandemic.

As part of our nationwide pet adoption drive called Clear the Shelters, we are partnering with the Tulsa SPCA and other organizations to help with this effort.

2 Works for You’s Gitzel Puente takes a look at a local dog’s journey from being mistreated and dumped in a field to having a forever home.

READ MORE: Clear the Shelters: Local couple speaks on benefits of adopting, fostering pets

In just six months, one-year-old Atlas has adjusted to his new home in Owasso.

“Seeing him from the first time we met him to now, he’s like a complete part of the family. He’s kind of the boss around here,” Eric Haworth said.

His owners, Jane and Eric Haworth, adopted Atlas in March from the Humane Society.

You might remember the horrible condition he was found in February when atlas was discovered in a field unable to move.

Officials said he was dumped with glue stuck in his ears and a BB gun pellet lodged inside.

"Being a former police officer, it’s just something I had to do, and now he’s just a like a member of the family,” Eric said. “He actually adapted really quick, quicker than we thought.”

Atlas has two brothers now — Wallace and Waffles.

They’ve kept Jane and Eric busy during the pandemic when things started to shut down and had to work from home.

“I really got to bond with him," Eric said. "I remember sitting working from home and him sleeping on my feet.”

The Haworths hope to continue having happy moments like this as a family, saying pet adoption is a win-win for both the pet and the owner.

"The one thing that’s so unique about shelter animals is I truly think that they can tell," Eric said. "When they come home and they have a home, they can tell from where they’ve been to where they’re at now.”

READ MORE: Clear the Shelters: Virtual adoptions amid pandemic

The Clear the Shelters pet adoption event will take place Saturday at Dave's RV.

Last year, 2 Works for You helped 280 pets find new forever homes in Tulsa County.

For more information about Tulsa SPCA, click here.

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