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TulsaPets Mag Mar / Apr 2020

posted March 14th, 2020 by
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TulsaPets Magazine  Mar / Apr 2020

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

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TulsaPets Magazine provides Tulsa area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now TulsaPets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!

Breaking Ground – Ground Breaking

posted March 5th, 2020 by
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Breaking Ground – – Ground Breaking Results

 

Five years ago PAAS opened as a traditional shelter.  We discovered there were hundreds of dogs and cats who wanted to come to the shelter – but there were few people walking through the door to adopt.  It was a classic case of over supply in a saturated market.   We quickly had 50 dogs, 75+ cats and a waiting list of more than 150 dogs and 150 cats.  We had to think outside the box and find a new solution.   We looked at the situation as a market driven business.

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Breaking ground

Today PAAS is a transfer hub and spay/neuter clinic.  As I’m writing this, 30+ northeast Oklahoma pets are getting “fixed” at the clinic and on Sunday, 30+ homeless dogs from 13 municipal shelters will make the overnight trip to Dumb Friends League in Colorado.

The transition most assuredly did not happen overnight. It is difficult to change – – and transfer and spay/neuter clinics were not even discussed.

Thanks to donors and, especially the Cresap Family Foundation, Arnall Family Foundation and HSUS Pets for Life – since 2016 Vinita has exceeded 90% live release rate for dogs – a standard recognized by organizations such as PetSmart, Best Friends, Maddies Fund and others as Humane.  The Kirkpatrick Foundation has set a goal for Oklahoma to be a Humane State by 2025 for shelter dogs and cats.  For rural Oklahoma municipal shelters it can be a reality if, and it’s a big IF, there’s financial support to implement/expand a transfer program and establish a three year spay/neuter program for animals that bark or meow – – no questions asked.  This last one is as important as the transfer.

I recently had the opportunity to share our story with the Dean of the Oklahoma City University Law School.  As I told him, every time you have a spay/neuter clinic for 30 pets at least 30 dogs and 30 cats are “getting together” and in short order there will be lots of puppies and kittens.  Sooo you have to transfer – – but you also have to have consistent (ideally weekly) spay/neuter clinics to get ahead of the over population (ie flood).

It is possible …. It can be done….. PAAS has a business model that works for rural communities that face over populations of dogs and cats.  I could not be more proud of the PAAS team and the supporters and investors who believe in us.  It is rewarding, amazing and life-changing for us and the dogs and cats who come through our doors.

Saving Miss Daisy, the Shih tzu

posted February 23rd, 2020 by
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Saving Miss Daisy, the Shih tzu

Vicki’s Story:

I was working a vaccination clinic when 8 adorable Shih tzu puppies came for their shots.  I learned the owner of the momma dog did not want her so The Richardson Rexwinkle Birthing Center came to the rescue thanks to help from Attorney Jason who paid the surrender fee.

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Poor little scruffy thing was filthy, matted, and her feet looked like she had dirty fuzzy slipper.  Her toenails curled under and were embedded in her foot pads. Her eyes were covered with dried, green gobs of gunk. Tom and I took her home, cleaned her eyes and painfully clipped her toe nails. was a trooper, for sure.

 

The next day she went to see Julie, who came in on her day off, to help relieve this baby’s suffering. She groomed her and she looked so cute. When we got her home, she was strutting her stuff. I posted her pictures on facebook and a gentleman from Texas named Don (who we knew) contacted me and the rest is history.  He had just lost his beloved Shih tzu that he’d rescued from Hurricane Katrina 13 years ago.  He will drive up from Texas, pick her up and she’ll be in her new home the end of March.

 

Please follow us at www.paasvinita.com ,  Facebook:  PAAS Vinita  YouTube:  Pass Vinita

Rural Rescue

posted February 23rd, 2020 by
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Rural Rescue Reality

 

Based on where PAAS started (2015) and where PAAS is today (2020)…this is what we’ve learned.

 

Out-of-state transfer is vital – 5,300+ Oklahoma dogs now live in Colorado.

Spay/neuter – – consistent – – weekly – – ongoing makes an impact – 3,000+ pets fixed.

Funding – – angel investors who believe in a mission and support it financially

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It works!!!!

 

  • Facebook is our go-to-for communication with our municipal shelter partners via a closed group.

 

  • Transport leaves every Sunday night, unless Mother Nature acts up between Vinita, Oklahoma and Denver, Colorado (destination Dumb Friends League)

 

  • Consistent spay/neuter clinics at PAAS with funding, weekly. With more funding – two to three days per week.  And, yes they would quickly fill up.  With weekly ones – we’re booked at least a month in advance.

 

  • PAAS was designed as a “traditional” shelter. Today we’re a transfer hub and spay/neuter clinic.  We’re making an impact, a difference and this prototype will work in rural towns.

PAAS Recognized

posted February 23rd, 2020 by
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PAAS Recognized

 

In the world of rescue, opinions – – confrontation – – – anger – – and a host of other unpleasant attributes too often fill the “feed” on Facebook – – even in closed groups where you would hope the members are supportive.

And then – – something good happens and it helps – – it really, really helps.  Thursday Jan 23rd was the Vinita Chamber of Commerce Banquet.  Four staff members and one spouse attended and PAAS was recognized for Civic Improvement.  Why?

RecognitionThere are fewer dogs running loose, fewer unwanted “oopsy” litters and for the cats – – while there are a lot – – it isn’t as bad as it was a few years ago.  Just before Christmas a farmer stopped me say “thanks”  It took me by surprise – usually “thanks” does not describe a conversation with someone when they know I’m with PAAS.  The “thanks” was because for the first time in years, he had no dogs or puppies dumped on his land!!!  Yes – – I know there were others who weren’t so fortunate – – but there aren’t as many as there was 5 years ago – – we’re making progress.

Sooooo…PAAS is making a difference – – the Vinita leadership recognized it – – and the PAAS Crew couldn’t be more proud.

PAAS is a transfer hub for 13 municipal Oklahoma shelters and a spay/neuter clinic for people who want to get their pets fixed.  It wasn’t the road we’d planned – – but it is rewarding – – life saving – – and the Vinita Chamber of Commerce recognized our hard work!!!

Common Bonds

posted February 23rd, 2020 by
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Common Bonds

 

Tuesday, Jan 21st, was the Big Reveal for the Common Bonds initiative.  There are 24 participating partners. The initiative is based on the Collective Impact approach that focuses on relationships between organizations and the progress towards shared objectives.  Another way to think of it is the holiday gathering of a large family with the common goal of sharing a communal meal with dishes from diverse cooks.  PAAS is one of the partners.

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I understand the Collective Impact process and it will be fun (sometimes challenging) to see it in action as we move forward.  Here’s what it can mean for each of you reading this post.  “How can I become involved?”  Community leaders, caring citizens, animal rescue organizations, elected officials, religious leaders, your next door neighbor, the famous cat lady in your town, the rescue or municipal shelter with which you are associated.  Frankly,  anyone/everyone who is willing to work toward the common goal – – – a Humane State for Oklahoma dogs and cats by 2025.

 

Important components of the initiative include shared data.  For those shelters who have hesitated to report their intake/outcome numbers – – we really need them. There is no judgment, but figures help us understand the scope of the challenge.  It took me awhile to buy in to the importance of numbers (the good, the bad and the ones I didn’t want to know about), but it is necessary.  PAAS is now sharing data on the website Shelter Animals Count and our PAAS Ride-to-Rescue partners are members of our Coalition.

 

Interested in learning more???  Have questions???  Contact me at:  [email protected]

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