State agencies came to Muskogee on Saturday and joined with Fur Babies Adoptions and Rescue to look for "possible backup shelters if needed," for pets displaced by flood waters, said Delsie Lewis, a general partner of Fur Babies.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and Humane Society Rescue arrived in Muskogee to help with the animals.

"The Muskogee Fairgrounds is set up and accessible for rescue groups to use as needed," Lewis said in an email to the Phoenix. "Fortunately, in our area most displaced pets are being fostered by family members."

Lewis said the Muskogee Animal Shelter has eight dogs, while the Fort Gibson Animal Shelter has three and Fur Babies Adoptions and Rescue has six kittens all displaced due to flooding.

In the meantime, Lewis said, Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, a Tulsa organization, came to Muskogee on Saturday and picked up 11 dogs to take to Vinita to catch a flight out to Denver later this week. Muskogee shelter employees, shelter volunteers and Fur Babies Adoptions and Rescue loaded the dogs for their journey.

This will enable the Muskogee Animal Shelter to take in more dogs as needed. 

Donations also are being accepted by Fur Babies. Your tax-deductible donation will help decrease the number of strays in northeastern Oklahoma, and feed and provide veterinary care to many animals while they await their forever homes. If you prefer to mail a check, the address is P.O. Box 3883, Muskogee, OK 74403. Email if you'd rather donate food or other supplies. 

Information: (918) 360-8491.

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