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Joplin Donations

posted June 1st, 2011 by
Joplin Dog

by Kristi Eaton

Tulsans and their pets may have been largely spared by the tornadoes that ripped through the state last week, but our neighbors to the northeast in Joplin are still recovering from a deadly EF-5 tornado. Those trying to recover include our four-legged friends.

The Joplin Humane Society is asking for donations, including gift cards to places like Walmart, Petsmart, ACE Hardware and

Other items the Joplin Humane Society is asking for:


black bic pens

trash bags

clorox wipes

kitty litter/pans, leashes

food/water bowls

bird cages/food, paper towels

extension cords, towels

fleece bedding

People can donate to the effort by going to the Joplin Humane Society donation page on amazon at

You can also learn more by going to their Facebook page at

Locally, the Tulsa SPCA has raised more than $2,000 for recovery efforts in Joplin, with plans to deliver the money and other items early next week.

The Small Animal Hospital of Owasso, along with other groups, is also seeking donations for the animals of Guthrie because the local shelter was destroyed last week. Items can be dropped off at SAHO at 86th St. in Owasso. 

Any other local groups involved in soliciting relief donations for this terrible disaster, please leave a comment to this article.

Summer Tips for Pets

posted May 24th, 2011 by

by Kristi Eaton

The Humane Society of the United States has released tips on keeping your pets safe this summer ahead of the unofficial Memorial Day start:

  1. Never leave your pet unattended in a car on a hot day. Even with windows open or cracked, cars can heat up fast and hurt your animal.
  2. Keep your four-legged friend up to date on their vaccines. Dogs and cats experience a double whammy during summer months because it’s prime time for heartworms and fleas and ticks become more active.
  3. Keep in mind harmful gardening products. Cocoa mulch, pesticides and insecticides can be deadly if an animal ingests. Keep them out of reach.
  4. Take shorter walks with your dog on hot days. On especially warm days, substitute a midday walk with a morning or late evening walk to take advantage of cooler temperatures.
  5. Keep pet rabbits indoors. They don’t do well with warm weather.
  6. Don’t leave an animal chained up and unattended. Not only can they get dehydrated quickly in the hot weather, they are more susceptible to bites and heat stroke.
  7. Keep pets restrained while driving. Although it might seem like harmless fun to let Fido stick his head out the window, it’s safer for him and the driver to have him in a special seatbelt or secured carrier.

Winners are in! Awww…

posted May 15th, 2011 by

By Kristie Eaton

For 20-plus years, the pros at Studio D @ MotoPhoto have been clicking cameras on the cutest pets in town contestants.
This year’s winners were recently selected by judges including Marilyn King, Publisher of TulsaPets Magazine, and D’Ann Berson, operations manager for the Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Winners of the two-month-long contest received cash prizes and all entrants received a free photo session with a donation to the TSPCA’s waiting dogs and cats.

The 77 contestants raised $807 for pets at the shelter.
This is a tough one to judge because all of these pets are winners! This year’s top three are: About 2,000 dogs and their handlers are expected to converge in Tulsa during Memorial Day weekend, May 27 – May 30, for the American Kennel Club’s annual Mid-Continent dog show.
The four-day show brings together the Tulsa Kennel club with the Seminole Kennel Club at the QuikTrip Center at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. There is no cost to attend.

“A lot of the dogs that will be here in Tulsa are dogs that you will see at Westminster or the Eukanuba championship.
The ones that are on TV, the same dogs come here,” says Lori Finlayson, vice president of Tulsa’s Mid-Continent Kennel Club.
About 160 breeds will be competing in agility, obedience and rally competitions, where the dogs must follow the direction of their handler in the ring, she says. “People are here competing for titles and points,” Finlayson says. “So you have to win 15 total points to have a champion. Five of those points have to be major points. That is, they have to be won with enough competition that it’s considered a major win to get your championship. Then dogs that finish sometimes go on to compete for best in breed and top dog in the country in their breed and all-breed.” Some noted handlers attend, many from the greater Tulsa area.

Brenda Lee Combs of Sapulpa, who had the No. 1 Norwich Terrier in the nation and has been featured in the New York Times, will be in attendance. So, too, will Linda Clark who has been featured on “Animal Planet.” But the show isn’t just for adults and the dogs. Kids also have a role.

Finlayson says 30 – 40 kids, ages 9 to 17, will act as junior handlers. “We have kiddos that are showing their ability to show,” she says. For those who may not have a purebred dog or know very little about the Kennel Club, the show has plenty to offer, too. About 70 vendors will be selling a variety of doggy items. “It’s kind of like a doggy shopping mall,” Finlayson says. “They will sell food, collars and leashes, jewelry, T-shirts, bedding, crates. Just anything and everything you could need for your dog will be there.” Tulsa students have also created art work that will be displayed during the show. This year’s art theme shows what children like to do with their dogs, Finlayson says. Rescue groups will also be on hand with information about adoptable dogs.

The Tulsa Kennel Club has partnered with Seminole’s Kennel Club to make it a four-day event, something that more clubs are doing across the country, she says. “Gas is so expensive now,” Finlayson says. “People really want to go somewhere where it’s four days in a row. That has been a definite trend because of the economy and all dog shows have been trying to go that way.” The show will be a boost to the local economy, she says, because attendees are buying gas, food, going shopping and visiting entertainment venues.

Pets on Vacation

posted May 12th, 2011 by
chiot basset hound a la plage

by Kristi Eaton

 If you’re planning on taking Fido or Tigger with you on your vacation this summer, you’re not alone.

A recent survey shows that 58 percent of pet owners plan to travel with their beloved four-legged friends this summer.

The second annual Summer Pet Travel Survey from says this year’s numbers are similar to last year, when 57 percent of respondents said they planned to travel with their pet.

The survey results, based on interviews with 10,000 pet owners worldwide, showed that the number of people who travel monthly with their pet has decreased from 38 percent last year to 22 percent this year. Still, though, 57 percent said they travel once a year with their pet.

Airline fees to fly with their pets are less of a concern for many, according to the survey. Only 18 percent said they viewed airline fees as too expensive this year, compared to 38 percent in 2010. Instead, pet-friendly hotels seemed to be a worry. About a third of respondents — 32 percent — said they were unsatisfied with the selection of hotels allowing pets.

Nearly half of owners — 48 percent — said they will spend less than $500 annually on pet travel-related products and services, according to the survey. Another 28 percent, though, said they would spent more than $1,000 on pet-travel products and services.

Include Pets in Your Weather Readiness

posted April 29th, 2011 by

by Kristi Eaton

Tornado season is ramping up, and as witnessed by the deadly storm system that slashed across the southern United States killing nearly 300 people, preparation is important to save both humans and pets.

April and May are historically the most active seasons for tornadoes, especially in Oklahoma.

The Humane Society has recently recommended pet owners take a few simple steps with their pets now in preparation for severe weather:

1.    Make sure there are emergency pet supplies in a tornado-proof

shelter. Supplies should include everything your pet would need to survive – food, water, a little box and a crate to be able to transport from one location to another.

2.    Like humans who have practice runs, do the same with your pet.

Practice getting your pet into the tornado-proof shelter on your command quickly now. Without any practice, the stress and noise of severe weather will only make it harder if and when it actually occurs.

3.    Make sure the shelter is also safe for your pet. Remove or hide

anything that could be dangerous to Fido.

4.    Check to make sure your animal has an up-to-date collar so that in

case you do get separated, it will be easier to reconnect later.

5.    After a tornado has passed, don’t allow your animal to roam free.

Like you, your pet could be distressed. Try to keep them as calm as possible and on leashes while doing damage assessments.

SPCA Joins 5K Neurofibromatosis Walk, May 21st

posted April 22nd, 2011 by

By Kristi Eaton

The local chapter of the SPCA will be participating in Tulsa’s inaugural 5K Neurofibromatosis Walk on Saturday, May 21 at Lafortune Park.

Representatives from the organization will be on hand to inform people about pet adoption. Several of the organization’s animals will also be at the walk, says Deanna Inclan, president of the Tulsa chapter of he Children’s Tumor Foundation.

The walk is set for 10 a.m.

The Tulsa SPCA will also offer several discounts to people, including reduced priced microchipping, Inclan says.

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder where the nerve tissue grows tumors, called neurofibromas. One in 3,000 people have the disorder.

Inclan, who has two children with the disorder, started a local support group for those with the disorder and their families in 2009. The inaugural walk will raise money for research relating to the growth of the tumors. While there is no way to stop the disorder, researchers are learning how to control the tumors’ symptoms, Inclan says.

In addition to the SPCA, there will also be raffles, face painting, music, and food, including lunch catered by Coney Island.

Pre-registration for individuals is $20, while families of up to four people can register for $40. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. and costs $25 for individuals and $45 for families.

To register online, visit

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