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PetZone returns to Blue Dome for 2nd year

posted May 16th, 2017 by
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PetZone returns to Blue Dome for 2nd year

The Blue Dome Arts Festival welcomes back the PetZone for its second year.

Presented by Dr. Chet Thomas of City Veterinary Hospital of Tulsa, the PetZone provides a fun space geared toward dogs during the annual festival.

The backyard space will include sod, shade, water, a picket fence and will feature local pet businesses and organizations.

Tulsa SPCA and Oklahoma Alliance for Animals will host pet adoptions. OAA will also be offering microchipping. PetsWell Pantry, Tulsa’s only food truck for pets, will have plenty of treats on hand and Dr. Thomas will host Q&A sessions and offer nail grindings.

Other PetZone participants this year include:

KC Landscape Design

Bouse Fur House

Innergistic

Companions Forever Pet Memorial

GracieLand Hound Dog Hotel

Rebecca Blacksher Art

Jessica Doll Art

Dogs Poop We Scoop – DPWS

All pets must be registered and check in upon arrival. At check in, each pet will receive a treat and Blue Dome bandana which will show they have checked in.

Owners are asked to clean up after their pet and assume full responsibility for actions of their furry friends.

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a Perfect World

posted May 13th, 2017 by
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In a Perfect World

 

I don’t mean perfect no flaws, but manageable reality that brings a smile to my face.

We’ve been open 2 years and 1 month.  Our direction is different – but it is working and the options for homeless/unwanted dogs and cats is improving.  We’re not to perfect, yet, but I can see “manageable reality” down the road.  Two years ago I didn’t even want to look down the road. 

From my point of view – these are the components of manageable reality for most of us in rescue.

#1)      Low-cost spay/neuter programs for those who are income qualified.  Thanks to grants we now offer this program to the outlying areas around Vinita that include Bernice, Disney, Ketchum, Langley, Cleora, Welch, Pryor, Miami, Fairland, Afton and Bluejacket.

#2)      A long-term investment in the community to help all pet owners keep their pets, be sure they are “fixed” (spayed/neutered), and up-to-date on shots.  Thanks to a grant from Pets For Life, this is a manageable reality in Vinita.  You will see our little van sprinting around town on a mission.  If Lacee (Pets for Life representative) knocks on your door – she really is there to help!!!

#3)      Expanded partner relationships with municipal and 501©3 rescues.  The system is simple, the protocols are reasonable and the outcomes are wonderful. Our dogs (and occasionally cats), arrive at Dumb Friends League in Denver or the Buddy Center at Castle Rock and, within days, are in their new homes.  The pictures and stories we get validates the success.

Two years ago I would have never imagined this journey.  Fortunately, we were open to new ideas and solutions, the Board of Directors was supportive, the grantors understood the value of the programs, and we’ve developed a system that works.

Frankly, Mark Zuckerberg has no idea how much help Facebook is for all of us in rescue. It keeps us connected and provides a platform that is easy to navigate.

So – we’re close the manageable reality.  And that feels good.

PAAS is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization. Donations are tax-deductible; checks may be mailed to PAAS, P.O. Box 491, Vinita, OK 74301 or by credit card on our website at paasvinita.com. For more information, call 918-256-7227.

 

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Kay Stout, Director 

PAAS Vinita

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918-256-7227

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Win Roughnecks Bark in the Park Tickets

posted May 4th, 2017 by
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Bark in the Park is back for another season!

This year, in addition to the Drillers games, there will also be a Bark in the Park night during a Roughnecks match for the first time.

Two Tulsa Pets Magazine readers will win 2 tickets to the Roughnecks match against the Vancouver Whitecaps at 7 p.m. May 11, 2 scarves and 2 T-shirts each. The giveaway will be first come, first served on tulsapetsmagazine.com at noon on May 8.

As always, attending dogs should be up to date on vaccines and enter through the Oil Derrick or Arvest Brady Street entrance. Dogs are only permitted in the general admission lawn section or Budweiser Terrace.

Keep your eye on Tulsa Pets Magazine’s website and Facebook page for future Bark in the Park giveaways as well.

Bark in the Park nights at ONEOK Field 2017

May 31 vs. San Antonio

June 14 vs. NW Arkansas

July 19 vs. Arkansas

Aug. 2 vs. Springfield

Aug. 16 vs. Corpus Christi

Aug. 30 vs. NW Arkansas

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Botanic Garden Dog Night is back

posted April 5th, 2017 by
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If you have not yet made the trek about 8 miles north of downtown to see the amazing sights at the Tulsa Botanic Garden, this is the perfect opportunity for any dog lover.

Thursday, April 6, will kick off the first dog night of the season at the Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive.

From 5-8 p.m., leashed dogs are welcome to explore the gardens with their owners. Dog Night

The Tulsa SPCA‘s mobile adoption unit will be on site with adoptable animals. PetsWell Pantry will be passing out samples of fresh, organic dog food and treats.

Dog Night will take place 5-8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month through August. Dogs must also be up to date on vaccinations and registration and only one dog per person. Please plan to clean up after your dog while visiting the gardens.

The event is free for Garden members and their dogs; Admission is $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3-12; $4 per dog for non-members.

For those who attend be, sure to snap a pic of your pooch and send it to me at [email protected] for use in a future post.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

 

Supply and Demand

posted March 18th, 2017 by
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Supply and Demand

Supply and DemandThere is a direct correlation between supply and demand.  A long time ago, there were Cabbage Patch dolls.  My daughter was the target age at that time and, yes, her world included one of the dolls.  Were they overpriced – – yes; did they remain a collector’s item – no; did supply eventually exceed demand –  – yes.  The same philosophy applies to limited edition cars, trucks, jewelry, and clothing.  Yes I have one expensive purse.   Is the brand as expensive today as it was 10 years ago – – No, not even close.  The supply eventually outnumbered the demand, other purses caught the attention of women and today you can buy one of the purses at a reasonable price.

This correlation also applies to dogs and cats in rural Oklahoma.  There is a consistent over-supply of cute, adorable, big, little, fluffy dogs and sweet, purring cats.  Because the supply far outweighs the demand, their value in the marketplace is diminished in Oklahoma.  Thankfully for all of us involved in rescue, the demand outstrips the supply in other states.  As a result, every week hundreds of Oklahoma dogs (and many cats) find themselves in a van, the back of an SUV, or riding shot-gun – headed to their new home. 

An example is Miss Dixie and her puppies.  She was homeless.  Fortunately, for her and her puppies, she was rescued and gave birth at the Richardson Birthing Center. Fast forward several weeks.  Miss Dixie and her puppies arrived at Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colorado.  Within a week all of them (including Miss Dixie) had new homes.  They have a demand, we have the supply.

We are working very hard to diminish the over-supply.  Once that happens, Oklahoma dogs and cats will have a higher value.  We’re working very hard to make this a reality.

Sarge

posted February 25th, 2017 by
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Sarge changed my life.  While I was at Second Chance Animal Sanctuary in Norman, they were (and continue to be) part of the Friends for Folks dog training program at the prison in Lexington.  I’d worked out an agreement with Lee, who ran the program, that he could select 3 dogs and we would get to give him one. 

Lee came into the facility, picked his three and I then took him to Sarge’s kennel.  He was met with growls – lots of growls – from a grumpy, irritated gray schnauzer.  Lee said “I’m not taking that dog”.  My response was “We had an agreement.”   It took a few minutes of convincing, but Sarge went to the training program.

Fast forward 6 months, the phones are ringing, dogs are barking and the cats are serenading.  Lee calls me and says something to the effect “We have a dog who is going to the Norman Veterans Center to be their resident greeter.”  I’m sure I responded appropriately.  Then he said “Do you know which dog?”  My answer “No”.  He said “Sarge”.  I know there were a few seconds of dead silence before I said “Sarge, are you sure it’s Sarge?”.  Yes it was Sarge.

We were also privileged to be part of the documentary The Dogs of Lexington.  You can go to you tube – type in the title and select the one by John Otto.  43 minutes long, so have your beverage of choice handy while you watch.  You will see Sarge at his grumpiest, his transformation under the care of Mr. Miller – an inmate- at the prison, and his triumphant introduction to the veterans at the center in Norman.

Then in 2015, the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association gave their “Hero Dog of the Year Award” to Sarge.  It still gives me goose bumps when I remember watching Sarge confidently standing on the stage, then a few minutes later he realized one of the veterans who was in attendance needed reassuring.  Sarge quietly went over to his wheelchair and jumped up in his lap so he could be petted.  Sarge just knew.

SargeToday, PAAS is involved with a training program at NOCC (Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center).  We see the transformation in the inmates chosen for the program as well as the shelter dogs who live with them.  Programs like this change lives – – those of the inmate, their family, the shelter dog, those of us at PAAS who witness the transformation, and the lucky people who adopt a PAAS/NOCC graduate.

This is a picture of Sarge – – – – miracles do happen –  he’s one of them.

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

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918-256-7227

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