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22 Oklahoma dogs brought to Milwaukee for adoption after tornado

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22 Oklahoma dogs brought to Milwaukee for adoption after tornado

By Jesse Ritka. CREATED May 28, 2013 - UPDATED: May 29, 2013

SAUKVILLE - The Wisconsin Humane Society has opened their doors to 22 dogs and puppies that are in need of a loving home after an EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma.

“We helped to take some of the dogs and puppies from Oklahoma so that they could make room in their shelter for animals that were a part of the tornado, so these were guys that were already at the shelter before the tornado hit,” Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus Director Beth Maresh tells TODAY’S TMJ4’s Jesse Ritka.

But now the dogs and puppies displaced from their Oklahoma shelter need a home. Labrador-retriever mix 2 month old puppy King and his siblings Ace and Spade are a little sleepy after their check-ups, but all paws seem to be in order. Maresh knows King and his litter-mates will soon be out of her sight.

“He's just looking for a wonderful new home and he's glad to be in Wisconsin where he can find that,” she said.

And if the past is any indication, he will. Twenty different Oklahoma shelter dogs were brought to the Wisconsin Humane Society the day before the tornado touched down.

“We already have an ongoing relationship with a shelter there, so luckily those dogs made it out right before that tragedy happened,” Maresh says.

Every dog but a two-year-old terrier named “Guy” have found homes in southeastern Wisconsin, but even “Guy” is getting some attention after medical treatment cleared him to be finally put up for adoption.

Just like “Guy”, some of the new pups will have to practice patience before they can be adopted Maresh explains.

“Some of the dogs came in with little colds or possibly needing some dental work so when that happens it may just take a couple more days to get into adoption,” she explained.

But the wait won’t last long once they are cleared by the veterinarian, Maresh thinks their story is too compelling.

“I would imagine that King and his litter mates and all of the other dogs and puppies that came to us will be adopted within a day or so," she said. "So it's really wonderful how people open their homes to them.”

There are six puppies and two dogs from Oklahoma at the Ozaukee Campus of the Wisconsin Humane Society. The rest of the puppies and dogs are at the Milwaukee Campus. Only a few will have completed all the check-ups, vaccinations and surgeries necessary to be adopted by Thursday but the remaining canines should be ready to go home by the weekend.

The Wisconsin Humane Society will mark each dog for adoption on their website: http://www.wihumane.org/ with a special “Oklahoma Transfer” title.

Listen to Erik Bilstad from Wisconsin Afternoon News as he visits the dogs.

Click here for a list of available animals to adopt from the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Jesse Ritka

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Jesse Ritka joined TODAY’S TMJ4 and Storm Team 4 in February 2011 as the “Live at Daybreak” weekend meteorologist. Growing up in Prior Lake, Minnesota, Jesse has always been fascinated by storms.