Author Archives: Kristi Eaton


posted September 21st, 2010 by

Story by Kristi Eaton

Every day is a great day to adopt a pet, but this week more than ever is ideal. 

As a way to draw attention to those animals who are more difficult to adopt, has anointed September 19 to 25 Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet-Week.

The week is meant to draw attention to senior pets, special needs animals and others who are seen as harder to place. According to a poll from Petfinder readers, 30 percent of people responding said senior or older pets are the hardest animals to place while 15 percent said animals with medical issues are difficult to find homes for. 

Petfinder reminds people that despite some of the unique challenges that come with older pets or pets with medical needs, there are several positives as well: 

            •   Older pets are mellower – you don’t have to worry about your lamp getting knocked over!

            •   Physically challenged pets are often unaffected by their handicap – but you still look like a hero!

            •   “Bad reputation” breeds – you get the chance to prove people wrong with your great dog!

            •   Dark-furred pets make it easy to accessorize – black goes with everything!

            •   Pets with behavioral issues allow you to form a tight bond as you overcome obstacles together!

            •   Big dogs are easier to find when it is time to go to the vet!

– Kristi Eaton

The Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter needs your vote today!

posted September 2nd, 2010 by
Tulsa Animal Welfare

Story by Kristi Eaton

With the click of the mouse, you can help animals at The Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter. 

Volunteer Karen Curtis recently completed the grant application for Pepsi Refresh’s $1.3 million in funding. Now, it’s your turn to vote for her project to help our local pets. Simply go to and register. Click on “Browse ideas and vote.” On the next screen, look at lower left hand corner and click on “Join Refresh Everything.” The sign up screen will appear and just fill it out. 

To find Curtis’ project, you can simply search “Tulsa Animal Welfare.”

Curtis is hoping to get one of the $25,000 neighborhood grants. Ten $25,000 projects will be selected by the number of votes at the end of the month and awarded the money. Currently, the Tulsa Animal Welfare project is ranked 32nd. 

With the $25,000 grant, Curtis says the money will go toward: 

$ 2,640 6′ v-shape surgery table

$ 362 thermal warming pads

$ 2,714 anesthesia machine – wall mounted

$ 2,120 anesthesia machine – portable

$ 170 mayo stand for surgical instruments

$ 618 floor scale

$ 1,700 spay/neuter surgical instrument packs (10)

$ 2,195 mobile lift table

$ 1,231 intravenous infusion pump

$ 293 intravenous fluid warmer

$ 2,452 anesthesia/surgical vital sign monitor

$ 695 pulse ox surgical monitor – hand held

$ 395 centrifuge

$ 1,500 anesthesia gas scavenger system upgrade

$ 5,495 I stat blood analyzer

$ 420 washer/drier

Vote every day through the end of the month and help our local animals!

 – Kristi Eaton

A New Day Indeed!

posted August 31st, 2010 by
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Story by Kristi Eaton

It’s easy to pay bills, bank and shop on your phone with the myriad of applications now available.  So it’s no surprise that there are many apps out there for you and your pet. Here are some of the best applications for your iPhone or Android phone. 


1. PetsMD Mobile Symptom Checker. If you’re concerned about your pet’s health, simply turn to the mobile symptom checker to try to find out what’s wrong. For $1.99, PetsMD gives a comprehensive list of medical symptoms for your dog or cat, so by the time you go to the vet, you will have a better idea of what is going on. 

2. Best Pet Names. For 99 cents, find more than 2,000 names for your new puppy, kitten or other animal. 

3. Dog translator. Find out (for free!) what Fido is saying to you with this fun app. Simply hold your phone next to your dog as he barks, and his message will be deciphered to you in English. A sample translation: “What are you waiting for? This belly doesn’t run itself!”


1. Pet manager. Track all your pet’s important data (weight, height, medical history and more) with this app. 

2. Pet First Aid. Learn how to muzzle, perform CPR, bandage and restrain your pet with detailed videos and step-by-step illustrations with this app, which costs $2.99. 

3. Pet Age Calculator. Curious how old your pet is? Find out with this nifty free app!

 – Kristi Eaton

Pets? There’s an App for that.

posted August 27th, 2010 by

Story by Kristi Eaton

Adopting a pet is now as easy as picking up your iPhone., a North America adoption site, recently launched a new app for the iPhone that helps users find a pet to adopt, a local shelter or find a lost pet. 

To find an adoptable pet, users simply type in their location and a list of possible adoptees from various nearby shelters and clinics pop up. You can search for dogs, cats and other animals by size, breed, gender and age. 

When you select the pet you are interested in, the information about the animal’s shelter appears, including a map to the shelter. 

“This app is a local next step in the evolution of the Petango Network, and our quest to help adopters find their best friend for life. We are also very excited about additional functionality we will be rolling out in the near future, including access to The Petango Store, where adopters can browse thousands of discounted pet medications and supplies for purchases online,” said Susan Arts, vice-president of marketing for Pethealth Inc.

Users who have lost a pet can also use Petango by searching the animals in the Petango database, as well as receive notifications of missing pets in the community. 

Petango’s app is the latest in a growing list of iPhone apps that help connect animals to owners. Other apps include Petfinder’s mobile application and iLocate, which helps you find the nearest shelters in your area

– Kristi Eaton

Vote for USA Today’s “Most Heartwarming Adoption”

posted August 23rd, 2010 by

Story by Kristi Eaton

Baron was in a kill shelter in Dodge City, Kan. before he was saved, while Walter arrived at a shelter full of BBs from a BB gun. Both dogs have come a long way from the atrocities they endured before being adopted by a loving family. To celebrate the tremendous changes Baron, Walter and several other dogs and cats have been able to achieve, USA Today is holding a contest where people can vote on the most-heartwarming adoption tales. Both dogs and cats are featured in the contest. Twenty dogs and cats have been narrowed down from more than a hundred entries for the coveted title. The winners will receive a special coffee mug and a copy of Two Bobbies, a story about a dog and cat left behind during Hurricane Katrina and the people who helped find them a home. To vote for the most heartwarming adopted dog, go to and to vote for the most heartwarming adopted cat, visit

 The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year. Of those, 3 to 4 million are euthanized. Sharing and celebrating the brave stories of the Baron’s and Walter’s in the world will further help prevent unnecessary euthanasia and bring adoption to the forefront.

– Kristi Eaton

Flying Cargo? It’s Not Safe

posted August 9th, 2010 by

Story by Kristi Eaton

With the recent news that seven puppies died after flying in the cargo hold aboard an American Airlines flight from Tulsa to Chicago, some travelers may be thinking twice about how to get their beloved pet from one destination to the next. 

The puppies aboard the Chicago-bound flight were half of 14 puppies that were initially put on board the flight that was delayed for an hour, as temperatures in Tulsa increased to 86 degrees Tuesday morning.

Coincidentally, just a few days before, released its list of most pet-friendly airlines for the year. Pet Airways, the first ever pet airline, stands out among the rest, according to Petfinder, because “pawsengers,” as they are referred to as, fly in the climate-controlled pressurized main cabin and are checked on by pet attendants every 15 minutes during flight. Also, the plane will be diverted to the nearest airport if a pawsenger falls ill, so that the pet can be treated.

Unfortunately, Pet Airways does not have a presence in Tulsa. (It can found be in Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Hawthorne/Los Angeles, New York, Omaha and Phoenix.)

Because of its limited availability across the country, Petfinder looked at commercial airlines to find the best airlines for pets. JetBlue was commended for its refusal to permit pet transport in cargo, and is another important animal safety measure.

Evidence, like the recent incident aboard the American Airlines flight to Chicago, supports JetBlues policy: from May 2009 to May 2010, the only airlines with zero reported pet deaths were those that required pets to travel in-cabin.

“Pets are becoming more of an integral part of our families so it’s only natural that airlines are taking pet travel more seriously,” said Betsy Banks Saul, Petfinder’s co-founder, in the release announcing the most pet-friendly airlines. “This list will raise awareness on criteria that pet parents should take into consideration, such as the risks of traveling in cargo, so they can make well-informed decisions.”

– Kristi Eaton

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