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4 DAYS VS 11 DAYS VS 3 MONTHS VS 1 YEAR

posted October 22nd, 2018 by
Volunteer

First, and foremost, this blog is what works for PAAS and our partners.

I, in no way, am saying one size fits all – – – one way is the only way – – I’m saying for us this works.

Recently, we had a “transport” training day for municipal shelters and non-profit animal rescue organizations.

Kristin, with Dumb Friends League, was at the meeting and shared the following information.

The average stay for a PAAS dog, once it arrives at Dumb Friends League, is four days.

The average stay for the other pets waiting for a new home at Dumb Friends League is eleven days.

Kristin said people wait for the PAAS bus to arrive!!!

Keeping the Faith at PAAS

We’re putting Oklahoma rescues on the map in Colorado – – – and that’s a good thing.

What it means, once you break it down to the basics is: We follow the protocol sent to us by Dumb Friends League.

And, most importantly, all of our partners do as well.

Since 2015, 4,000 homeless Oklahoma dogs/cats have made the overnight trip do Dumb Friends League.

The key factor is we play by their rules.

And, no it doesn’t work for every rescue.

We understand that and, in no way, expect a rescue to change how they do business if it isn’t right for them.

While we all have the same goal – how we get there is very, very different.

The hard part is for all of us to remember that collaboration works – – not everyone will follow our guidelines – – one size will never fit everyone – – no one is always “right” and no one is always “wrong”.

Just as family members are diverse, yet share the same name, rescues are equally diverse.

All of us are driven by passion and/or compassion.

They are different emotions and the decisions made by a passionate animal rescuer will often be different from someone who has compassion.

Meeting somewhere in the middle can be really hard – – but to the homeless pet – – they don’t care.

They just want a home.

Thanks!!!! to all our partners.

Your trust in us and Dumb Friends League is appreciated more than we can express.

Every Tuesday night I say a prayer when the PAAS bus heads out and the staff will tell you …. I’m a royal pain until I know the PAAS dogs/cats have safely arrived at Dumb Friends League.

The best is yet to come because we like the 4 days wait for a new Colorado home.

They Really Are Pets For Life

posted October 17th, 2018 by
Volunteer

Trust me – this blog is only for those who have a pet, wish they had a pet or had one at one time and miss having four paws climb in their lap.

There are so many wonderful stories about pets and their ability to forgive, to love and to bring joy into your life.

And the stories are true.

Pets For Life

Currently, at PAAS – 7 employees have a total of 13 pets ranging from Marty (hmmm….a smartypants heeler puppy) to her highness, Princesa (a 15-year-old, set in her ways, hard of hearing poodle).

In between are Trigger – a very selective dog when it comes to humans, Moose who loves, loves, loves everyone; Copper – a slightly grumpy older guy; Jazz Man – from the stories a very challenging cat who runs his home his way; Tess and Apollo – adorable, lovable cuddlers; and Buster, Little Bit, Elena and Chicka round out the dogs.

Last but not least is Little Man the cat.

And, thanks to HSUS Pets for Life program, we’re now able to help residents of 74301 and Tahlequah keep their pets – – they do not have to worry when they need food, a pet “fixed”, basic veterinary care.

I recently saw the love and concern in the pet owners faces when their beloved four-legged family member was returning from a spay/neuter excursion.

The family members were here early, concerned about the welfare of their pets and eager to get them home.

If you’re not an animal lover, I know you don’t get it.

But for those of us who do – – we firmly believe you have no idea what you’re missing.

A crummy day at work?? Sarcastic fellow employee?? Hateful people on the phone?? Overworked and definitely underpaid??

Nothing, absolutely nothing, beats walking through the door and having a four-legged, tail wagging, motor purring bundle of fur want your complete attention.

You’re wonderful to them – and they are soooo glad you’re home….because as far as they’re concerned…..you’ve been gone forever!!!

For pet lovers you get it – – for the rest of you – – we’re really sorry you don’t.

The Dogs and Stories You Remember

posted September 26th, 2018 by
Volunteer

The Dogs and Stories You Remember

Over the past 3 years, we’ve rescued more than 3,700 homeless pets.

And, once in a while you get one that tugs at your heartstrings.

Ellie – the little, deformed gal in the picture is one of them.

She was dumped at a shelter and the employees were told to euthanize her because she was no longer of value to the breeder.

Dogs you remember

That, alone, makes me see red.

But then when you look at Ellie, you realize she spent her whole life in a cage so small that she’s deformed.

And her eyes were scratched and swollen because they were pushing against the cage door.

Yet, every time she came into heat she was bred, took care of her puppies and waited.

There’s a link between spousal, elder, child and animal abuse.

Somehow, if you desensitize yourself to hurting a person or animal, then it becomes a pattern to follow whenever you’re frustrated, mad or just because.

The LINK Coalition provides excellent information, each month.

Miss Ruby, our first rescue, had been abused.

Her teeth had been filed down, her body was scarred and, pregnant at the time, we also learned she’d had multiple litters when she was spayed.

Kaia came to us from an abuse case. A beautiful German Shepherd we nursed back to health, then had to return to the original owners.

It wasn’t an easy day for any of us.

Most recently, Bubba came to us from another town’s police department.

He was skin and bones, terrified, snapping at everyone and everything.

Down deep we discovered a good dog who just needed a chance to trust again (and be well fed, bathed, flea and tick free) – the basic necessities for a good life.

In fact, he now follows Mike, our dog whisperer, every place he goes – – and cries when he can’t see him.

Working in rescue isn’t for everyone and some days we all want to run away.

Fortunately, it’s never on the same day – so we go home – – pull ourselves together – and save more dogs and cats.

Ellie, Miss Ruby, Kaia, and Bubba – – we get it. It’s why we’re here.

My Animal Rescue Wish List For NE Oklahoma

posted September 12th, 2018 by
Volunteer

 

When it comes to homeless/unwanted dogs and cats – I have a wish list.

It’s doable – it really is.

Wish #1: All pet owners have access to affordable spay/neuter for their pets.

The keyword is All.

The second keyword is Affordable.

We’ve seen the positive results with Pets for Life in the 74301 zip code area.

Wish #2: There are emergency options when an animal has been injured, is in extreme pain or severely malnourished.

At the moment there is no 24-hour emergency number you can call.

If you go online and type in emergency veterinary clinics within 50 miles – you find:

For all animal emergency clinics/hospitals – you will have to pay for the service.

Wish #3: Rescues and shelters support each other – even if they disagree on the mission, focus area, services provided, adoption procedures, etc. etc. etc.

There are more than 100 churches within a 30 miles radius of Vinita – and there are at least 100 different opinions on what constitutes a good rescue.

If you save dogs and cats – you are part of the solution – and can be part of the problem if it’s difficult for you to work with other rescues and shelters.

Wish #4: Adoption is a viable option for all the rescues in northeast Oklahoma.

At the current time, adoption is a minor, very minor, option because there are too many homeless/unwanted dogs and cats in this area.

And yes, there are some states where there are too few homeless/unwanted dogs and cats – – but Oklahoma is not one of them.

Yet.

For all the dogs and cats we’ve all saved and found new homes – — YEA!!!!

We just know we can do better and we’re trying – – all of us.

Animal Rescue Wish List

 

Faith’s Story

posted May 20th, 2018 by
Volunteer

Hi.  My name is Faith and I really didn’t know what it meant to be loved until PAAS rescued me and I got to go to the Richardson Birthing and Rehabilitation Center.  At first, I was scared so I went to the laundry room and just looked at the back door.  I even slept there.  Then I realized that all the other dogs living in this wonderful place were having fun in the rest of the house.

They tell me that after a week, I finally started to play with the others and even spent some nights sleeping on a bed made especially for me in their bedroom.

Faith

Faith before and after

 I had terrible itchy skin and big sores all over me. The nice people here started giving me these wonderful baths every other day for weeks.  It felt so good, so did all the pets and loving I got. I had big scars on my side from when I had my 4 litters of babies.  They had left some stitches in and those got taken out. They gave me special food to help me gain my weight back, I was really feeling good. They said I was in a foster home. Those are great places to go to, and I loved my foster parents and gave them lots of sloppy kisses. I even learned to sit, lie down, roll over and walk on a leash like a lady and best of all to trust humans again.

Next I remember going on this long, long ride with lots of other dogs.  We stopped, in the middle of the night, so all of us could stretch our legs, water and fertilize a dog park.  Then we loaded back up and headed to Colorado.

Here’s my update – I’ve left the building (Dumb Friends League) in Colorado for my forever home.  Patti wrote this so I know it’s correct:  I got adopted by a woman with a French bulldog who has obviously been very well cared for.  I got along with her and my new Mom.  So…keep the Faith – – – I did – – and I’m home!!!!

Save Lives 90% Live Release Rate by 2025

posted May 12th, 2018 by
Volunteer

Save Lives 90% Live Release Rate by 2025

Best Friends Animal Society has set a goal for Oklahoma to have a 90% live release rate for dogs and cats in shelters by 2025.  Based on what PAAS and our transport partners have accomplished the past two years, it no longer seems to be an impossible goal to reach.  Certainly, what I learned at the Collective Impact Convening Conference validated this is an attainable goal.

In the coming weeks, I will try to not sound like a broken record about spay/neuter and transport successes.  No guarantees – – just fair warning.  J  J  J.

Here’s the first installment.  Rhonda, Lacee and I attended the SAVELIVES.UNITEOKLAHOMA conference Monday, April 30th in Oklahoma City. It was sponsored by The Kirkpatrick Foundation and Best Friends Animal Society   They experienced the same “aha” moments I did while I was in Austin.  On Tuesday afternoon, we had a recap of the conference and it was fascinating to hear the excitement in their voices, the animation in their stories and the profound belief that we can have a 90% Live Release Rate by 2025 in rural Oklahoma.

Save Lives

It was especially rewarding to see all the teal blue PAAS Ride to Rescue t-shirts sprinkled throughout the conference room with the PAAS logo.  I’m writing this on a Tuesday evening, and tonight 31 dogs will head to Colorado – arriving at Dumb Friends League tomorrow morning.  Those that are “fixed” will soon have new homes, the other will join them after a brief stop in the operating room and a recovery period.

At the HSUS conference in May PAAS Pets for Life will be recognized for exceeding the goal of 400 spay/neuters in the first year of the program!!!!  We’re getting there.

Kay

 

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

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918-256-7227

http://www.paasvinita.com