Animal Advocacy

Parrots Make Great Pets

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The PBS Documentary Parrot Confidential Gets it Wrong

Parrots Make Great Pets

Read Allison Argo’s web page titled Speaking. She is not shy about admitting she produces films to motivate change. And while she has the personal right to create such works, members of the American Federation of Aviculture wonder why PBS stations around the country would air a decidedly one‐sided piece.

In 1976, scholar Calvin Pryluck struggled with the ethics of documentary film‐making in an article titled: Ultimately, We Are All Outsiders: The Ethics of Documentary Filmmaking.” Given the technological advances on the horizon, said Pryluck, smaller cameras, lighter equipment, and easy access to subjects, “The acrimony surrounding a controversial film may be good for the box office; it is sometimes questionable for the value for art.”

People have lived with parrots and other avian companions for thousands of years. Martha Washington lived with parrots, as did President Teddy Roosevelt. Whether or not parrots are good pets has more to do with human beings than with parrots. Just as every person is not cut out to be a parent, not every person is destined to own a parrot. There are certain qualities which make good parents or good parrot owners.

The documentary claims the rise of domestic parrot breeding began after the airing of the television show Barretta which ran from 1975 to 1978. That series featured a cockatoo named Fred. The increase of domestic breeding coincided with the U.S. government’s adoption of the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) agreement in 1974. This global initiative ‐‐ signed by 178 countries, with Angola agreeing to join by the end of the year – monitors parrot populations worldwide. The wild bird conservation act of 1992 (WBCA) prevents US citizens from commercially importing parrots; this act has stopped the legal importation of wild‐caught parrots destined for the U.S. since late 1991.

Unfortunately, parrots are still poached in some countries for the pet trade. However, U.S. domestic breeding has curtailed the importation of poached parrots to this country.

Note any parrot older than forty years most likely is a wild‐caught parrot and not a domestically bred parrot. And while people can debate what constitutes domestication, parrots bred and hand‐raised know no other life. These parrots thrive on human companionship and could not survive in the wild. Unlike their wild counterparts, parrot companions live in warm homes, get plenty of food and don’t need to worry about predators.

Domestic parrot breeders also do more than breed and sell parrots. These breeders share their unique knowledge and experiences with field biologists, zoos and other organizations monitoring parrots in the wild. Breeders are working to save endangered parrot species.


The American Federation of Aviculture does its part to help people become better stewards of their companion parrots through education and outreach in various communities where members live. On the national level, AFA offers a two‐part course titled The Fundamentals of Aviculture. This course helps parrot owners and potential owners understand the rich history of aviculture in the United States. The course also helps people understand the complex, personal relationships one can develop with a companion parrot.

Should people be prevented from living with domestically bred parrots?

Absolutely not.

Should people act in responsible ways when it comes to electing to live with parrots?


Note: The American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) is a nonprofit national organization established in 1974, whose purpose is to represent all aspects of aviculture and to educate the public about keeping and breeding birds in captivity.
AFA has a membership consisting of bird breeders, pet bird owners, avian veterinarians, pet/bird store owners, bird product manufacturers, and other people interested in the future of aviculture.


Tripod Jude

posted November 16th, 2013 by
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by Anna Holton – Dean

“HEY JUDE, don’t make it bad. Take a sad song and make it better. Remember to let her into your heart. Then you can start to make it better.” …No words could be more fitting for Rottweiler mix Jude.

Two years ago, he was at Stillwater Animal Welfare awaiting surgery to amputate his twisted leg and shattered shoulder when his smiling face appeared on Kathleen Hughes’ Facebook news feed.

“His name was Caesar then. He just looked so happy despite being so underweight and in pain,” Kathleen says. “My friend is in vet school at OSU and works out of there quite a bit. She said he had an exceptional temperament and was a really positive dog.”

Although she was told he would need extra post-surgery care and attention until he got his strength up, Kathleen drove to pick up the newly-tripod Jude that weekend.

“He was so pitiful,” she says. “He would just sigh and lay his head on my lap. He was about 35 pounds, and the area where his leg used to be was all shaved and bloodied. But he was happy just being touched.”

The exact cause of Jude’s extensive injuries is still unknown, but it was strongly suggested to Kathleen that the previous owner abused him.

“He has since doubled his weight and he was taken away from his owner, so if he wasn’t being abused, at the very least he was being horribly neglected,” she says.

That may be why he also didn’t respond well to his name Caesar. “On the way back from Stillwater, ‘Hey Jude’ came on the radio, and I was singing along, and he stopped whining. So it stuck!” Kathleen says.

Jude had a long road of healing ahead. He wouldn’t go inside Kathleen’s house for the first two weeks but chose to lie in his outdoor doggie bed, basking in the sun.

“He just laid there healing and gaining weight even though he had a very nice bed inside and a doggie door too,” she says. “He would lay his head on my lap, whining, and I just kept feeding him doggie Tylenol and brushing him since huge clumps were coming out of his fur.

“Now he looks like he was born this way. Stillwater Animal Welfare did a beautiful job [on his amputation]. And when people say, ‘Oh, he only has three legs!’ we say, ‘Shh, he doesn’t know!’”

With the help of his forever mom Kathleen, Jude has adjusted to life with three legs—probably happier than he ever was with four legs in his former situation. “Jude can shake and hug. He also has some bad habits you wouldn’t expect from a three legged dog; he digs and jumps on us when he’s excited. We live in a three-story loft, and he beats me up the stairs every time. He can even outrun my parents’ Lab, and he wrestles with the best of them at the dog park,” she says.

“His favorite activity is playing in my parents’ pool. The shallow end goes up to his chest, and he jumps around and has a blast. Every time I think, ‘Oh, he probably can’t…’ He has already done it before I finish my thought.”

What Kathleen wants others to learn from Jude’s story is that pets with missing legs—tripods— can have wonderful, quality lives. “A woman at the dog park came up to me, visibly upset,” she says. “She had euthanized her dog because she was told he had cancer, and she thought he would live a ‘less than’ life with three legs. She got teary-eyed, saying she saw Jude and realized she had made a mistake.

“I just want people to know that if their dogs are injured, born a little different, or get a disease, they can still live completely normal lives with only three legs. Jude is literally the happiest dog I have ever met; he just stares at me with adoring eyes, begging to be petted.

“He’s never met a person he didn’t like. At the dog park, he just hops from person to person, leaning against them, pleading for love.”

Jude is an example—a reminder of the resiliency of our four- or even three-legged friends. “Even when he was starving and injured, coming out of major surgery, he just emitted this positive energy of ‘I’m just happy to be here!’” Kathleen remembers.

In the words of the Beatles, Jude and Kathleen certainly took a sad song and made it better.

Are You Ready to Adopt?

posted November 16th, 2013 by
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by Kiley Roberson

Adopting a pet is a major commitment.

Unfortunately, people often put more time and effort into researching what kind of car to get than the type of pet that would best fit their lifestyles. Caring for a companion animal goes far beyond providing food, water and shelter. It takes research and careful planning to bring the right pet into your home, and to make sure your lifestyle is the right one for your new pet.

Professionals—like Nancy Gallimore Werhane and Jean Letcher—say deciding to adopt a pet is a monumental decision. Nancy is a certified professional dog trainer and co-owner of Tulsa’s Pooches, a doggie daycare, training, grooming and boarding facility. Nancy says that adopting a pet as opposed to purchasing one from a breeder is an obvious choice, as “one walk through the Tulsa Animal Welfare Shelter answers that question.”

Jean, manager of Tulsa Animal Welfare, further explains why adoption is the best option. “It allows us to find homes for animals that are already alive rather than going to a breeder and saying, ‘I’d like one from your next litter.’ These animals have already been born. They are looking for homes. It benefits both the home and the animal,” she says.

While adoption is important, knowing the responsibility that comes with a pet is paramount.

“Most companion animals end up in shelters or in rescue programs because humans failed them, not because of something they did,” explains Nancy. “When you adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group, you not only save that animal, but you save another who can then step into the spot vacated by your new pet. Adoption saves lives, pure and simple. But you have to be ready for the responsibility.”

Our resident experts recommend asking yourself a few big questions before bringing home Fluffy or Fido. Why do you really want a pet?

The most important question to ask yourself, Nancy says, is, “Why do you really want a pet?”

“Everyone should ask themselves why they really want to adopt a particular pet before taking the plunge. Answer that question honestly. You should first want a particular pet because you and all of your family members want a companion and are ready to provide the love and care that animal needs and deserves.”

If you’re interested in adopting a pet, and your answer to the above question is the same as Nancy’s, it might be time to open your home to a new furry friend. But before you do, we’ve comprised a few additional questions to help make sure you’re ready for the fun and commitment a pet requires. What’s your five- or even 10-year plan?

A dog or cat can live 15 or more years, so envisioning how pet-friendly your life will be in the future is important. Think about any major life changes you might go through—things like getting married, having children, moving or changing careers. And keep in mind that as pets age, their needs change as well. Will you be adopting the pet by yourself or with someone?

If there are other people in your family, everyone needs to be on board with the idea of adding a pet to your home. If you have a roommate or spouse, make sure that he or she is totally committed to a new pet. And even if everyone is on board with the idea of getting a pet, it’s important for people in the household to express concerns ahead of time. Do you have time for a pet?

“Dogs and cats not only require food and water, but they need attention, affection, and exercise—both mental and physical,” says Nancy. “If you work long hours or have a very busy schedule, you may need to decide if you have time to devote to the proper care of a pet. Proper care also includes trips to the veterinarian, daily exercise, and training classes for dogs.”

Though dogs generally require more time and attention than cats, you should be able to give any pet your undivided attention. Dogs and cats who don’t receive daily interaction have a greater risk of developing behavioral problems, anxiety and obesity.

As Jean explains, having a pet is like having a child. You can’t have a child then decide you don’t have time for it. “You don’t have the option of putting a child on a chain in a backyard if you’re too busy to spend time with him or her. Likewise an animal can feel pain and loneliness. You need to determine up front that you have time to care for the animal,” she says. Can you afford a pet?

The cost of a pet goes well beyond the adoption fee. According to the ASPCA, dog owners should expect to spend about $1,500 on a dog during the first year of ownership; cat owners should set aside at least $1,000 for that crucial first year.

“Financial commitment also varies from pet to pet,” Nancy explains. “Obviously, it’s going to cost more to care for a Mastiff than it is to feed a Chihuahua.” One thing you can count on is that all pets need a healthy, premium diet and routine veterinary care. Monthly care such as heartworm pills and flea and tick prevention also add up. And, of course, you always have to be prepared for emergencies.

“Animals can get sick or injured, just like humans can,” says Nancy. “You have to be prepared for the expense of providing care outside of normal shots and routine check-ups.”

Nancy points out that you may also have to pay for boarding or a dog walker or pet sitter when you’re out of town. And then there are ongoing expenses for supplies like pet beds, collars, leashes, treats, kitty litter for cats, etc. Pets are a commitment of time and money. Can you provide a proper home for the type of pet you hope to adopt?

It’s important to pick the right pet for your home and lifestyle. Every potential adopter should take an honest look at these two things to make sure that adding a pet to the mix really makes sense. “Some dogs require a home with a securely fenced yard while others can adapt well to apartment life with leashwalking for exercise,” explains Nancy. “If you live in a tiny apartment, a Great Dane doesn’t make much sense, but a house cat would likely do just fine.” With that in mind, Jean says the energy level of the breed should be just as much a consideration as the size.

Choosing the right pet for your home, family and resources is vital. If you rent your home, be 100 percent sure that your landlord will allow you to have a pet and check to see what pet deposits might apply before you decide to adopt. “The welfare of the animal, not the whim of the person, needs to take priority,” Nancy says. Are you willing to train your animal companion?

Lack of training is one of the most common reasons that adopters return pets to shelters—are you willing to solve behavior problems? Basic training helps dogs and their owners communicate better, strengthening the relationship overall. And taking the time to understand why your cat does what she does, especially when it involves her litter box and scratching habits, will help you avoid potential problems. If you already have a pet, is that animal likely to accept a new housemate?

The good news is that most pets, even the most spoiled cats, crave companionship. Of course, it may take some time for an existing pet to accept a new addition. The ASPCA suggests introducing animals to each other before adoption. It gives you a chance to watch them interact and see if they’ll be good, compatible housemates. Do you have small children?

Contrary to popular belief, there is no species or breed that comes ready to live with kids. If your kids are still toddlers, you might consider waiting a few years before adopting. If you have children, it’s important to teach them the rules of safe pet conduct: no teasing, pulling, pushing or climbing on animals. You’ll also want to spend extra time meeting different animals, so you can observe tolerance levels and the ability to bounce back from jarring incidents. Are you prepared to pet-proof your home?

Whether it’s tightly sealing your garbage cans or paying attention to dangerous decorations during the holidays, you’ll need to make your home safe before adopting. That includes keeping toxic foods, petunfriendly plants and dangerous household items out of paw’s reach. Are you sure?

The final question to ask yourself before adopting a new pet is if you’re sure you can handle it. Have you thought everything through carefully, and are you ready for this giant commitment? If your answer is tied to emotions, that might be a problem. One of the biggest issues, especially during the holidays, is people giving pets as gifts.

“The proverbial puppy wearing a bow under the Christmas tree can sure backfire,” says Nancy. “Giving a pet for Christmas is often a last minute emotional decision that is not well thought out. Holidays are generally busy, crazy and a bit on the hectic side. I can’t think of a worse time to introduce a new puppy or kitten into a family.”

Nancy says that if you have planned responsibly to add a pet to your family and want it to be a Christmas surprise, it’s a better idea to wrap pet supplies to place under the tree, and then go pick up your new family member after the holiday hustle and bustle calms down. Bring your new pet home when your household is sane and ready to focus on helping the pet properly acclimate.

Now that you’re ready to adopt a new companion, here are some tips to find your perfect pet:

Visit with the employees at your local animal shelter. They can often tell you a lot about a specific animal that catches your eye.

Talk with your veterinarian. He or she can offer great advice and tips for caring for a particular pet.

If you are attracted to a specific breed of animal, seek out people who own that type of pet and ask questions about care requirements, personality traits, etc.

Take your time. Don’t let anyone rush you. Do not be locked into a specific breed. Make eye contact with all the available animals in the shelter, and oftentimes, the pet will pick you, Jean says.

Adopting a new pet is a big responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly, but the joy and unconditional love you receive from your new furry friend definitely makes it worthwhile.

Paw Law at the University of Tulsa

posted November 16th, 2013 by
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by Anna Holton – Dean

While animals don’t have a voice in their own welfare, it’s reassuring to know that somewhere there are people who care and are willing to speak up on their behalf—-people with the education and authority to make a difference in existing and future laws. That “somewhere” is right here in Tulsa.

Meet the students of Paw Law, a University of Tulsa College of Law organization which advocates for animals of every kind.

“We are an on-campus organization aimed at improving the livelihood for animals in the Tulsa area through grassroots initiatives in community service,” Lauren Sanchez, a second year law student who serves as secretary for Paw Law, says. “We are dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.”

Paw Law members advocate for local animals in a myriad of hands-on ways, volunteering at Tulsa Animal Welfare and other shelters, taking part in adoption events like Woofstock, delivering pet food to owners who do not have access or resources to feed their own pets, and by participating in many other projects. Sanchez says the group hopes to expand its activities by partnering with other likeminded organizations that need assistance and volunteers.

By participating in already established local animal-related events and launching new ones of their own, group members hope to encourage others to get involved, bringing awareness to the needs of local animals.

“We are looking forward to planning several events this year,” Kayla Dewitt, vicepresident of Paw Law and first year law student, says. “We hope to have more students participating at animal shelters, Meals on Wheels for pets, and at adoption drives. We are working on planning a pet chipping drive also.”

President Danielle Weaver, a second year law student, says her love of animals is what brought about her desire to help animals in need, advancing and educating others about animal rights.

“I believe the biggest obstacle we face in animal welfare is changing the way our society values animals,” Weaver says. “Education is fundamental to change behaviors that have been accepted in the past.

“Many people are unaware of the suffering that most animals face in laboratories and factory farms in the United States. One of the main goals of our group is to educate others in the hopes that once knowledge of inhumane practices is brought to light, people will demand change.”

Humane, quality care is especially concerning to the members of Paw Law as there are no current standards. “An animal owner is simply required to provide food, water and shelter,” Weaver says.

“There is no standard for what that actually means, so many people get away with letting their animals live in terrible conditions with dirty water and very little food.

“The penalties for breaking the law need to be strengthened. Often, those who are caught breaking the law are not prosecuted or only get probation, which allows the abuse and neglect to continue.

“I think people assume that the police and courts will make sure that those who are responsible for breaking animal laws are held accountable, but that is not always the case.”

The aforementioned farmed animals’ welfare is equally concerning. “Chickens, pigs, cows, etc., have no protection,” Weaver says. “These animals are no different than the ones we call ‘our pets,’ yet the majority of the public is unaware of the extreme abuse and hardship these animals suffer in factory farms across the nation.

“The horrific conditions these animals face are concealed from the public with the end result being a nice, neat package of meat in the supermarket. This problem is so big that everyone who cares about animal welfare, the environment and the nation’s health, in general, should educate themselves about the process of factory farming and find a way that they can make a change. Any effort helps!”

And the members of Paw Law are leading by example, not just in word but in deed.

“I volunteered at Woofstock,” DeWitt says. “It was so wonderful to see members of the Tulsa community supporting the pet community and even more wonderful to see so many families interested in adopting their pets.

“One of the events that I would really like to see a big turnout for is the chipping drive we are planning. I have never worried about chipping because my dog never leaves my side and doesn’t get spooked over things like storms and fireworks, and my cat is an inside cat.

“However, when the Moore tornadoes hit, and I saw so many animals displaced by the destruction, I began to worry more about the safety of my pet— especially after seeing the story on the news about one of the pets who had been claimed by a displaced family, being accidentally euthanized.”

DeWitt would also like to see Paw Law make a difference in raising donations for local shelters.

“This summer, I took a few bags of donations in to a local business to be taken to the animal shelters that were housing the pets displaced by tornadoes,” she says.

“I was impressed with how much they already had, and I would love to see more of that participation from the community year-round. It doesn’t take much [money] to donate. I have seen shelters ask for bowls, towels and cleaners, which can all be found at the Dollar Tree if you are wanting to keep costs down.”

Paw Law currently has 15 members, but the group plans to grow throughout the semester and coming years. Sanchez says they are dedicated to impacting the local animal community by raising awareness, money, and providing emotional support and love needed to find these unwanted pets loving, forever homes.

However, they will take on an even bigger task for animal welfare when they leave the classroom and begin their careers.

Weaver plans to focus on estate planning but will additionally practice animal law. Sanchez also can envision herself being a legal advocate and charging those guilty with animal abuse and neglect.

“Our passion for justice is what led us to law school,” Sanchez says. “And our love for animals is what brought us all together. Together, our Paw Law organization activities are not only aimed to impact in the short-term projects we take part of, but hopefully change the long-term aims of animal rights through ratifying local laws to raise the standards of care for our furry community.

“Paw law advocates for animals of every kind, and I believe our members are fully dedicated to improving the lives of others so that we can provide animals and people alike the love and passion we feel for our own animal companions.”

The future lawyers of Paw Law are clearly committed to making a difference for all animals, through every avenue at their disposal. As Paw Law Treasurer Kevin Lewis, a second year law student, points out, lawyers are often the subject of many one-liners—less than desirable. Yet this group is the antithesis of that stereotype.

“Despite all the familiar lawyer jokes,” he says, “lawyers play a unique role of protecting those that cannot speak or defend themselves in our society. The 2012 Humane Society’s ‘Humane State Rankings’ placed Oklahoma 30th in its laws protecting animals. By speaking for them, I’m convinced that TU Paw Law can make a significant contribution in raising the awareness of these issues to other law students and the greater community.”

Why Do You Advocate for Animals?

“Since I was little, I have always had a special connection with pets. I was and still am a huge fan of Jack Hanna, and I wanted to grow up to be exactly like him. The work that he does for animals and with animals is inspiring, and I want to do whatever I can to strengthen and support the animal community.” -Kayla DeWitt

“Some of my best friends have had four legs and could only tell me how happy they were to see me by their slobbery licks. Although I often envy the cushy lives my pets have known, their experience is not shared by others like them. My motivation for joining Paw Law is to honor the love my friends have shown me by my commitment to fighting animal cruelty and neglect of those less fortunate than them.” – Kevin Lewis

“I have always had a special place in my heart for animals. Throughout the years, that has developed into a desire to help animals and do what I can to advance animal rights and educate others on animal rights issues.” – Danielle Weaver


posted September 25th, 2013 by
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The fifth annual Get Your Licks on Route 66: Cross-Country Animal Adoption Tour will once again make a stop at Woodland Hills Mall. Tulsa community members can attend the event to adopt a dog, participate in contests benefiting the Animal Rescue Foundation and learn about homeless pets in need of loving homes.

The month long cross-country animal adoption tour will raise awareness about the pets in shelters that are available for adoption from Los Angeles to Chicago. All donations made at the event will benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation locally

Sunday, Sept. 29, from noon to 4 p.m.

Woodland Hills Mall (lower level in front of jcpenney)

7021 S. Memorial Drive

Tulsa, OK 74133


For additional information, please contact Woodland Hills Mall at (918) 250-1449 or visit, or


Blazes Equine Rescue

posted August 21st, 2013 by
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This is the latest newsletter from Blazes Equine Rescue

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
17667 Markita Dr.  Jones, OK  73049
(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267
[email protected]
Federal I.D. 43-2024364


July 23, 2013


Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses.  We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability.  We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses.  Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases.  We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases.  We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.



It has been an extremely busy year.  Hard to believe the last time that I was able to sit down and put together a newsletter was in February.  So much as happened since then, but we will try to get everyone brought up to date. 


So far this year, we have rescued 145 horses.  That is more than we rescued the entire year of 2012.  On April 06, 2013, we assisted Seminole County Sheriff’s Office with the Seizure of 64 horses and 3 Llama’s.  One week later on April 11, 2013, we assisted Garvin County Sheriff’s Office with the seizure of 22 horses.  We also assisted Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division with several horses this year and just recently the City of Edmond with a seizure of 11 horses.  We are currently caring for 124 horses.  Thankfully, we have been blessed with many wonderful adoptions this year, but as you know, we still need to adopt out many other wonderful horses. 


With so many horses coming into our program, please consider making a donation to assist us with these beautiful horses daily care.  Blaze’s Equine Rescue always makes themselves readily available to cruelty cases worked by the Sheriff’s Department.  This year has been a bit overwhelming, but because of you, we are able to assist with these large seizures.  Thank you for your continued support. 

Please take a look at some of our recent rescues that request your assistance.









Gal came into our rescue program on July 20, 2013.  Gal came from the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division.  Gal is a Beautiful, Bay, Appaloosa, Mare.  Gal is estimated to be 20 years of age.  Gal is super sweet and loves attention.  She is a body score of a 1, emaciated, and infested with parasites.  This sweet girl has a long road of recovery ahead of her.  She loads in a trailer and stands for the farrier.  We will update as she progresses.   Please consider donating towards Gal’s rehabilitation.









Kelssys Lady came into our rescue program on July 03, 2013. Kelssys Lady came from The Edmond Animal Welfare Division along with 10 other horses as a cruelty case. Kelssys Lady is a Beautiful, Gray, Thoroughbred, Mare. Kelssys Lady is registered and her date of birth is April 24, 1996. Kelssys Lady is a body score of a 1. She is infested with internal/external parasites, has rain rot and is mildly anemic. She is super sweet, very smart and loves attention. She loads in a trailer and stands for the farrier. We will update as she progresses. Please consider making a donation towards Kelssys Lady’s Rehabilitation.


Wallflower & Michelle came into our rescue program on April 19, 2013. Wallflower came from the Seminole City Police Department along with 9 other horses as a severe cruelty case. We were able to assist Seminole City and save 10 horses. Wallflower is a Beautiful, Blue Roan, Quarter Horse, Mare. Wallflower is estimated to be 10 years of age. Wallflower is a body score of a 1. The day after Wallflower arrived, she foaled a beautiful little filly, Michelle. Michelle’s legs were hyper extended when she was born, but thankfully, with stall rest and time, her little legs straightened up. Both Wallflower and Michelle are doing good. Michelle is small, but has a huge heart. She is super sweet and loves attention. Wallflower is infested with internal/external parasites, has rain rot and is moderately anemic. She is super sweet and very smart. She loves attention. Wallflower loads in a trailer and stands for the farrier. Wallflower still has a long road of recovery ahead of her. She is currently giving everything to little Michelle. She will take some time to rehabilitate. We will update as she progresses. Please consider donating towards Wallflower’s Rehabilitation.









Jetta came into our rescue program on April 06, 2013. Jetta came from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office along with 62 other horses and 3 Llama’s as a severe cruelty case. Seminole County investigated an animal cruelty case consisting of over 120 animals, where several carcasses were found. Sadly, for many horses, help came too late. We were able to assist Seminole County and save 63 horses and 3 Llama’s from neglect. Jetta is a Beautiful, Dun/White, Paint, Mare. Jetta is estimated to be 7 years of age. Jetta is extremely emaciated with a body score of a 1. She is infested with internal/external parasites, has rain rot and is mildly anemic. She is super sweet and very smart. She loves attention and always easy to approach and catch. She loads in a trailer and stands for the farrier. Jetta has a long road of recovery ahead of her. We will update as she progresses. Please consider making a donation towards Jetta’s Rehabilitation.

We have so many wonderful horses in our program, and so many with needs that ask for your assistance.  From horses with lameness issues that need treated, to horses with severe fungus issues, emaciation, wounds, hernia surgeries, castrations, EPM Treatment, teeth floating, etc.,  Our horses are our top priority and it takes a lot to properly care for so many rescued horses.  Whether you make a monetary donation, adopt a horse, or simply say a prayer for Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, we truly appreciate your support.

Because of YOU and your heartfelt generosity, we are able to save these horses and many others from an uncertain death.  We ask for your assistance as we have so many more horses in our program that need your help.  Our average monthly expenses now total $7500.00.  If you can please help us, continue to save rescued horses, please make a donation to:


Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
17667 Markita Drive
Jones, Oklahoma  73049

or you can donate on-line through paypal @


We are currently caring for 124 horses in our rescue program.  We have many wonderful horses that are seeking their forever, loving homes.  I hope that you will consider adopting a rescued horse.  Whether you are able to make a donation or adopt a rescued horse, both help us tremendously. 




2nd Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge


We had a wonderful time at our 2nd Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge.  It was held on May 4th at the Lazy E Arena.  All the trainers did an amazing job with their horses and because of their hard work and dedication, all 13 horses competing was successfully adopted.  Everyone had an amazing time.  This years winner was Kelci Goad with Team Kodak. 


We are already gearing up for our 3rd Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge.  It will be held on April 26, 2014 at the Lazy E Arena.  For all trainers interested in competing, please look for applications to be released in September. 


Success Stories


Many of you know, our beautiful State of Oklahoma took a devastating hit with Tornado’s this year.  It was so heartbreaking and our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those that have been affected.  We know how hard it is to recover from such tragic events and we continue to pray for healing. 


We remember the heartache and tragedy felt for us, when one of our own was directly hit 2 years ago.  Loosing 18 horses of your own is hard and although that devastating tornado that hit 2 years ago was personal for us, we still had a hard time watching the devastation hit Moore.  Feelings of helplessness overwhelm you, as you see hundreds of horses lives lost.  Behind all that heartbreak brings us to a very special family.


 You never know when taking time from your day to help someone else, how it may impact their life. I can honestly say, that I never knew how much my life would be impacted. On May 21st, I received a phone call from a man who was tearfully searching for his horse after the devastating Tornado struck Moore. I wanted to help him so badly, but information was limited, but I tried to direct him where I had seen some of the survivors receiving care.  I talked to him, got a description of his horse and then I began the search of trying to locate his horse.  Sadly, We discovered that their horse didn’t survive the Tornado and he was devastated. I spoke to him twice on May 21st and my heart broke for his loss.


I have thought of this man several times over the last several weeks. And, to my surprise, this wonderful man and his sweet wife paid us an unexpected visit. They came over to thank me for taking the time to speak to them and help them. Although, I didn’t feel like I really did much, they assured me that I did more than I could ever imagine. I can’t even begin to state how much it meant to me to meet this family. They told us stories of their sweet Knead (Ned), who they lost in the Tornado and showed me pictures of him. I felt so many emotions meeting this wonderful couple.


Another week went by and once again, I was blessed to spend some time with this sweet family. Only this time, I did what I felt she needed and provided her some Equine Therapy. Davina spent several hours providing love to some of the horses. But, I think that she may have bonded with a very special horse that needs her, just as much as she needs him.  I am happy to say that Davina and Jet hit it off immediately.  We wanted to help this family, the only way we knew how.  We tried to fill that void in their hearts and I believe Jet will be able to bring back a few smiles.  Davina and Jet are doing wonderful together.  Davina felt like his name needed something more, so she has added a T.  Jett, stands for Just Enough Time To, you can fill in the blank, but it looks like Love.  No matter what you do in your day to day business. Please, always remember to take time out of your day, even for 5 minutes to help someone else. You never know what kind of impact you may have or what type of relationship you may form. 


Our Miracle Horse returns a favor



I’m sure many of you remember Catori and Moonstruck.  Catori was one of the horses bound for slaughter when the driver fell asleep at the wheel.  The truck careened off the road. The grisly accident left only 17 of the 30 horses on board alive.  When Catori arrived to our rescue, we discovered she was pregnant.  During the 2011 spring equinox – when the moon was closer to the earth than it had been in more than 20 years – Catori gave birth to a healthy, rambunctious foal. This miracle foal, born under the “supermoon,” was appropriately named “Moonstruck.”


Just 2 months later, a major F5 Tornado hit Canadian County.  Our Board Member was fostering Catori and Moonstruck, as well as, many other wonderful horses.  Their farm destroyed, leaving only 3 survivors out of 21 horses.  Once again, Catori and Moonstruck had beat the odds.


In May of this year, two F5 Tornados reaped through our state.  Out of the rubble in El Reno, emerged a 2 day old filly, named Twister.  Twister’s mother was killed in the tornado. Work began immediately to find a surrogate mother to care for the little foal. Several horses were evaluated, but Twister totally disregarded them.


At that point, The Walling family decided it would be best to foster her so that she could be close to home.  Twister’s family had lost everything, but having Twister survive brings hope to this family.


Twister was then introduced to Moonstruck, now two-years-old, and the two became fast friends. They shared a connection, a legacy of near-death and amazing survival that connected them in a way that touches us profoundly. It was as if Moonstruck was returning a favor, caring for a foal that had a story of survival not unlike his. 


And Last, but certainly not least.  Another happy tail! 


We are so happy for two of our former rescued horses, Jitterbug and Twitter, who have been adopted to an amazing program. The Staff and Volunteers at Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program are amazing. We are truly blessed and honored to have met this great group. We can’t wait to see Jitterbug and Twitter blossom in their program. And, we can’t wait to see this group join us next year for our 3rd Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge. Won’t it be wonderful to see Jitterbug and Twitter next year show us all the wonderful things they are doing for a great group of kids?



Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!!  We wouldn’t be here today, without each and every one of you!!  Thank you on behalf of the entire Blaze’s Family!  So many horses would be lost without you! 

Over 1070 horses saved in the last 11 years!!