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Common Bonds sets Tulsa news conference

posted January 20th, 2020 by
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Common Bonds to announce 90 percent shelter save rate initiative

Common Bonds, a group of organizations and individuals concerned about the wellbeing of Oklahoma’s companion animals, has scheduled a Jan. 21 news conference to discuss its plans to increase Oklahoma’s shelter save rate for dogs and cats to 90 percent.

The news conference is set for 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Williams Lodge at Gathering Place, 2650 S John Williams Way E.

Common Bonds has established three distinct priorities in its effort to reach the 90 percent save rate. Those priorities include promoting methods to reduce the number of animals entering shelters, increasing community engagement and improving data collection. Speakers will discuss these priorities and the steps that will be taken to implement the group’s plan.

 

Speakers include:

Kelly Burley – director, Common Bonds

Jamee Suarez – founder and president, Oklahoma Alliance for Animals

Brent Toellner – senior director of national programs, Best Friends Animal Society

 

Dogs and cats available for adoption will also be in attendance.

 

For more information on Common Bonds, visit commonbondsok.com.

TulsaPets Mag Jan / Feb 2020

posted January 12th, 2020 by
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TulsaPets Magazine  Jan / Feb 2020

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Sally Roper

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Rosalie Childs

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Lauren Cavagnolo, Kim Doner, Nancy Gallimore, Anna Holton-Dean, Shauna Struby

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2020 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

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!

Adopt at Tulsa Animal Welfare

posted January 8th, 2020 by
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TulsaPets Magazine toured the Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter and took these pictures of adorable animals available for adoption. If you are thinking about a new family member, please consider saving the life of a homeless animal!

Visit the shelter and take home a new best friend!

Adopt at Tulsa Animal Welfare

LEARN MORE ABOUT TULSA ANIMAL WELFARE SHELTER

Make a difference – adopt a shelter animal!

All of these pictures were taken January 8th by Bob Foshay

NEW HOURS! 
Monday- Saturday: Noon – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.

Dogs and cat adoptions are $75.00

Tulsa Animal Welfare Shelter   3031 N. Erie   Tulsa 74115   (918) 596-8000

This Week’s Wednesday’s Children available from the City of Tulsa Animal Welfare Shelter.   There are some beautiful dogs and cats for adoption so please go rescue one today! Rescued pets make the best companions!!!  A big “THANKS” is owed to Bob Foshay for doing what he does every week!

* Pictured Animals may no longer be available

Home for the Holidays

posted December 22nd, 2019 by
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Home for the Holidays

Home for the holidays

 Perry Como’s rendition of There’s no Place like Home for the Holidays is one of my favorites (and probably gives you a clue as to my age).  This song could be the theme song for PAAS.

Thanks to our amazing partnership with Dumb Friends League, every week (weather permitting) we send homeless Oklahoma dogs to Dumb Friends League and many of them are adopted within 48 hours of arrival!!! Most recently we added a new Oklahoma partner to our list and they were so grateful that their wonderful dogs, who’d been with their rescue organization for months, found homes within just a few days of their arrival.

The wish for all of us in rescue, especially those who work in shelters, is a fairy godmother waves her magic wand and all the wonderful homeless pets have a new home for the New Year.  We know it isn’t reality – – but as eternal optimists – – we all hope.  And trust me … if you’re rescue long you’re either an optimist or the best (or worst) pessimist in the world.

So – – for anyone on your list who wants a puppy/kitten – – -dog/cat – – please go to a local shelter or an online rescue to find the perfect four legged companion.  It will truly be the best Christmas gift you can give all of us – – even though we may never have met!!!

Merry Christmas – – – from PAAS – – the magnificent seven employees, the amazing volunteers and the board members extraordinaire…..

Pet Tips – A Clean House

posted December 22nd, 2019 by
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Money (and Sanity) Saving Tips for Pet Owners

That Like to Keep a Clean House

by Nick Burton

Pet Tips

 

We all love our furry friends, but that doesn’t mean we like cleaning up after them. When you have a pet, you can expect a few messes. Scratch that — lots of them. Between shedding and unscheduled indoor potty breaks, cleaning up after a four-legged family is almost a full-time job. However, before you post a want ad for a housekeeper, take a few minutes to scope out these tips that can help you save money while cleaning your house.

 

Stock Up Early

 

One of the worst things that you can find is an empty cleaning supplies closet when your dog has tracked in something unsavory from the outdoors. Instead of rushing to the closest store in a panic, make sure you have everything you need on-hand all the time. Buy at least two bottles of cleaner, two sponges, and two packs of absorbent paper towels and keep them close at hand (especially if you have a puppy). To save some cash, look online for a Target coupon code; there are three Target locations in Tulsa if you would rather shop in person.

 

Learn How to Use a Lint Roller

 

A lint roller is essentially a roll of inverse tape on a handle. These ingenious little inventions, which typically cost $5 or less, are one of the most versatile tools you can use around the home. Any time you see hair stuck to the sofa, grab your lint roller. Remove it as soon as you see it and your home will be better for it.

 

Scrub Dirty Paws at the Welcome Mat

 

If your dog typically tracks in mud and dirt after your walks, keep a towel and spray bottle just inside of your door. This way, you can tackle their toes before they walk all over your floors.

 

Quit Using Perfumes to Eliminate Odors

 

In addition to dirt, pets are notorious for leaving a lingering odor everywhere they go. Even if you wash your pet weekly, there is no guarantee that you won’t smell them before you see them. And when one urinates on the floor, the scent can stick around. HC Summers Feed and Supply recommends using an enzymatic cleaner or baking soda to get rid of the smell. For everything else, a $2 bottle of white vinegar, a spray bottle, and a dry towel may be all you need. Vinegar is safe on most fabrics, but you should test an inconspicuous area before you spray.

 

Brush Your Pet’s Hair Every Day

 

Your pet’s grooming routine does more than keep them adorable. According to the Animal Humane Society, regular brushing can ensure a healthy coat by distributing natural oils. Further, running a brush through their fur, no matter how long or short, can help remove dry skin. This simple act won’t cost you a dime but will save you time on vacuuming.

 

Clean the Kitty Litter

 

You already know that you have to scoop and clean the kitty litter. However, if you are only doing this once every other day, your house probably smells on the unpleasant side. For the most effective odor elimination, clean the kitty litter at least twice each day, no matter how many felines occupy your home. Also, quit spending money on the priciest cat litter out there; they honestly don’t work any better than budget brands.

 

When you have pets, you’re going to have messes. And you are also going to have to spend money managing these messes. Save yourself stress and strain — and dollars and cents — by following the tips above. Your pet and your nose will thank you.

 

Image via Pexels

Numbers

posted December 15th, 2019 by
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Learning to LIKE numbers

Numbers

 

By the numbers was never a favorite phrase of mine until three years ago.  At first, I was not what you would call an enthusiastic student  when it came to keeping track of dogs transferred, municipal partner shelters, number of spay/neuters, number of spay/neuter clinics, cost per animal, and lots of other “numbers”.

Even though today I sometimes drive the staff bonkers because I wrote a number down and can’t find it, someone sent me an email with the numbers I needed and I did not file it appropriately….lots of excuses… but the reality is numbers matter.

It started with shelter animals count – – – you enter the statistical information, by month, and everyone who’s a member can see the results.  Frankly, it is one of the most important websites for any organization involved in animal rescue.  Funders check it out  – – as do your colleagues in the world of rescue.  Honestly, it means you’re making your information available to anyone who accesses the website.

The flip side is – – – suddenly the numbers show just the progress you’ve made and that’s a good thing.  For PAAS, it is the number of dogs who make the trip to Colorado….. and it is our partners who join our Coalition on Shelter Animals Count.  The numbers have to add up.  Then, when you get the privilege of having spay/neuter clinics on a regular basis, the numbers begin to really make you smile.

Yes, I like numbers.  Yes, you’re never to old to learn something new.  Yes they measure our success and that success is available online – – – for everyone.

Our goal is for 2020 to be our best year yet.  Stay tuned.

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