Story by Marilyn King
As I write this letter, I’m reflecting on the last two years of TulsaPets Magazine’s existence and on all the fun and interesting animal stories we’ve covered. I’ve truly loved them all, but I must say that being up close and personal with a mob of kangaroos might be one of the more unusual things I’ve experienced. The story of their life at Rainbow Farms is included in this issue, and I hope you enjoy it.
We’re kicking off a new series this year focusing on our local rescue groups and shelter organizations. These groups are made up of people who give so much of their time, money, and spirit, and they deserve more recognition and support. So in each future issue we intend to spotlight these good organizations and tell you a bit more about what they do. Our first spotlight is on StreetCats, the all-volunteer cat adoption center right in midtown Tulsa. By the way, here I am with my girl Maggie, who I rescued from the ARF program (the Animal Rescue Foundation). She was just a wee thing running down the Keystone Expressway, and a nice lady got her to safety and put her into the ARF adoption program. She ended up at my vet group for adoption, and of course I could not resist. On May 10th we’ll have shared 13 years together.
I had a most enjoyable holiday season due to a special little guy I met on December 11th at the City Shelter. I was there for this issue’s Shelter Report and saw the little black dog above who seemed so sweet and affectionate. I kept going back to his pen and talking to him, and when I got back to work I could not get him off my mind. I called to inquire about his circumstances but I didn’t take note of his pen number so they could not give me any details. I raced back – I remember at one point clocking sixty down Yale — to get my name on his list as a potential adoptor, and after waiting the requisite three business days for a prior owner to claim him, I was fortunate to bring him home on December 15th. We’re calling him Elmer.I want to spread the word about a very worthy program. Pet lovers can now donate a Kuranda dog bed at discounted prices to the Tulsa Animal Welfare (city shelter) and a few other local shelter/rescue organizations. Kuranda beds are chew-proof rectangle beds on legs about a foot off the floor, excellent for a shelter environment. For more information, go to www.kuranda.com/catalog/view_donee.php. (To select the city shelter, go to City of Tulsa Animal Welfare.) I encourage everyone to make an effort to donate a much needed bed to our local homeless pet community, and to please help me spread the word. So until April, thanks to all of you Tulsa Pet Lovers and may we all have a peaceful and bright 2009.
Marilyn, Maggie, Elmer, and of course Sam
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