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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]

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.

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…..

Free Spay / Neuter Services

posted December 15th, 2019 by
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TULSA, OK – Animal Balance, a global nonprofit whose mission is to collaborate with communities in need to create sustainable and humane animal management programs in order to prevent suffering and ignite social change, will partner with the Coalition for Tulsa Pets to provide free spay/neuter services for dogs in the greater Tulsa area.

A total of three clinics will be held in 2020, with the first clinic running from January 10th through the 13th, 2020 at the Tulsa SPCA located at 2910 Mohawk Blvd in Tulsa. Free sterilization and vaccinations will be provided for dogs whose families would not otherwise be able to afford this service. Funding for this program is being provided by the Arnall Family Foundation. Appointments are required. See below for more information on scheduling.

Animal Balance will be bringing in a specialized “MASH” team of volunteer veterinary medical professionals to the community to perform surgeries and training for local animal welfare organizations. The model provides immediate relief while leaving a sustainable system in place for long-term success.

“Once we learned that the city of Tulsa was facing a massive backlog in spay/neuter surgeries resulting in a low live release rate at the local open admission shelter, Animal Balance decided to reach out to local organizations to find out if assistance was needed. The response from the leadership of the local coalition was very positive and the efforts began to make Tulsa a project under Animal Balance USA,” stated Emma Clifford, Director and Founder of Animal Balance.

The MASH clinics are expected to take place in January, March and April with dates and locations for the March and April clinics coming soon. To learn more and to schedule your dog for a free spay/neuter surgery, please contact Tulsa Animal Welfare by calling 918-596-7387 (PETS) or emailing [email protected]. Appointments will be available on a first come, first served basis beginning on 12/9/19.

About Animal Balance:

Animal Balance was founded in 2004 and has worked in 12 countries around the world in addition to working in underserved areas of the USA. We provide humane population management strategies and empower communities by addressing cat and dog overpopulation at the root cause. We believe communities within the United States and throughout the world wish to embrace cats and dogs and protect them with kindness and compassion. Through this foundational belief, we strive to protect the human-animal bond.

About the Arnall Family Foundation:

Founded in 2015, The Arnall Family Foundation seeks to make lasting, transformative improvements to systems and programs through results-driven investments and strategic convening of community partners. The Arnall Family Foundation focuses on progressing meaningful criminal justice reform, improving the child welfare system and advancing companion animal welfare in the state of

Oklahoma.

About The Coalition for Tulsa Pets:

The Coalition for Tulsa Pets is a collaborative effort by The Humane Society of Tulsa, Tulsa Animal Welfare and Tulsa Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to develop and execute a community plan to increase the live release rate at Tulsa Animal Welfare and provide comprehensive and sustainable services for the pets in the City of Tulsa. Coalition Programs Focus On:

- Public Access to Free and Low Cost Spay and Neuter Services – Pets for Life: A Community Diversion and Education Program – Community Cat Program
– Community Pet Adoptions

- Out of State Transport for Adoptable Pets

Petco and Tulsa SPCA Holiday Wishes

posted September 4th, 2019 by
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Tulsa, Oklahoma (Monday, Aug. 26) – Pets brighten our lives. The Petco Foundation, in partnership with BOBS from Skechers, is giving us a  way to brighten theirs this upcoming holiday season by granting more than $750,000 to qualified animal welfare organizations across the country. Anyone who has adopted a pet from Tulsa SPCA is invited to submit a story of how their adopted pet brightens their life to help give Tulsa SPCA the opportunity to receive up to a $100,000 grand prize grant award. Finalist awards will also be given ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, and adopters with winning submissions will receive up to a $1,000 Petco shopping spree to pamper their pets and BOBS from Skechers shoes for themselves.

 

“We’re asking anyone who has adopted a pet from Tulsa SPCA to help us earn a grant this holiday season from the Petco Foundation by sharing their story,” said Executive Director Mindy Tiner. “You can help our holiday wishes come true by sharing how your pet brightens your life each and every day.”

 

Using the online form at petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes, adopters can submit a story. Stories should highlight how pets brighten their adopter’s lives, in big and small ways, and should celebrate the love of their pet. Submissions must include photos to illustrate the story and can include video as well. Adopters should contact Tulsa SPCA for the organization’s point of contact, email and phone number to include in their submission. Adopters are also encouraged to visit the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes webpage for more information, to read stories from previous winners, and to complete their submission.

 

The deadline to submit a story is Monday, September 23, 2019, at noon CST. Winners will be announced during the holiday season. For a full list of prizes and for submission FAQs, visit petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes.

 

Since 2013, nearly $4 million in Holiday Wishes grants have been awarded to help make the holidays brighter for pets in need during the holiday season and year-round. For more information, visit petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes and join the conversation on social media using #HolidayWishes and #BrighterTogether.

 

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About Tulsa SPCA

Since 1913 the Tulsa SPCA has been working with Northeastern Oklahoma animal lovers to protect dogs and cats in our community. Together, we’ve saved animals from homelessness, illness, and abuse. We’ve provided these services while being completely funded by private donations. We are not an affiliate of the ASPCA, nor do we receive government assistance. Community support is critical in helping the Tulsa SPCA to continue providing these critical services to our community.

 

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved. The Petco Foundation partners with BOBS from Skechers’ charitable collection of BOBS for Dogs and BOBS for Cats shoes, apparel and accessories. Over the past four years, Skechers has donated more than $4.23 million to help over 750,000 shelter pets nationwide, including saving more than 396,000 rescued pets – and BOBS continues to make a difference for animals across the country. Learn more about BOBS from Skechers at www.BOBSfromSkechers.com.