Animal Advocacy

PetNotify

posted September 3rd, 2016 by
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PetNotify

It was a frigid January morning in upstate NY when we spotted a beautiful dog stuck outside a home. We went up to the door and knocked, only to realize this dog didn’t belong there. During this conversation, the poor dog was running around on the front porch of this home. It was cold enough that we needed multiple layers and here was this poor dog completely unprotected. It was clear that he had run out of home without his owners’ knowledge.

He wouldn’t let us hold him to get him to someplace warm. So, we went and knocked a door of the next home on the street. The resident came out and threatened to shoot us for knocking! By this time, the poor dog was scampering around in bitter cold and left the scene, nowhere to be found. We ended up calling 911.

Two days later, we saw a ‘lost pet’ flyer on the street corner, fixed to an electrical pole, with the same dog’s picture. If we only had a way to reach the owners of this lost pet quickly, we might have saved it.

PetNotify’s crowd-sourced dashboard is our attempt to let owners quickly know about whereabouts of their lost pets. For this to work, we need you to text us descriptions of lost pets, so an owner can check our dashboard and read your text.

If you are a pet owner, think of PetNotify as insurance for your pets. If your pet ever gets lost, and we hope it never does, your best chance of finding it quickly is by letting your friends and neighbors know about PetNotify.

We encourage finders of pets to use all methods of notification available to them. Use PetNotify, post on FaceBook, call 911, call animal control – do what you can, but please do it quickly.

Together, we can save our pets!

Labapalooza 2016 promises big fun

posted September 3rd, 2016 by
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It’s almost time for this year’s 16th annual Labapalooza event. The volunteers of Lab Rescue OK have been working hard and this year’s event promises to be tons of fun for the entire family.

This year’s festival will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Guthrie Green . Multiple dog rescues will be on site as well as food trucks, live music, more than 30 vendors, a dog kissing booth, microchipping, contests, face painting and a silent auction with more than 100 items, including a pair of tickets to the OKC Thunder game against the Golden State Warriors and OU and OSU Yeti coolers.

Volunteer Andrea Dearinger says the adoption fees don’t cover the cost of what is spent caring for each dog taken in by Lab Rescue. The Labapalooza event each year is the group’s largest fundraiser and makes up the majority of the operating budget.

“[Lab Rescue] is completely run by volunteers. No one gets paid a dime,” Dearinger said. “Everyone is a volunteer and we rely on this event to keep saving dogs and educating.”

At any given time, Lab Rescue has about 40 dogs that are up for adoption and in need of forever homes. In 2015, the group adopted out 314 Labs.

“Every year, we just try to do a little bit better,” Dearinger said.

Like last year’s event, the green will be kept clear for people to set up chairs and blankets, the auction will take place under the covered pavilion. However, one change for this year, Dearinger said all music will be acoustic to make the event more comfortable for the animals.

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One of the booths at last year’s event. Above, a lab enjoys the water feature at Guthrie Green. Courtesy of Lab Rescue

“It’s really a great event,” Dearinger said. “The venue is fantastic!”

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

LABAPALOOZA 2016

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A girl has her face painted at last year’s event. Courtesy of Lab Rescue

Participating Rescues

Animal Aid of Tulsa

Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc.

Boxer Rescue of Oklahoma

Chouteau Pound Pals

Compassionate Animal Rescue

Great Plains Mastiff Rescue

Heart and Soul Animal Rescue

Oklahoma Westie Rescue

Rainy Day Rescue

Route 66 Pet Rescue

Sapulpa Furry Friends

Sooner Golden Retriever

Live Music

Christine Jude Duo

Travis Kidd

Desi and Cody

Food Trucks

Andolini’s

Chilly Willies

Lone Wolf Bahn Mi

Mr. Nice Guys

Not Your Grandma’s Cupcakes

PetsWell Pantry

Sponsors

Angel’s Pet Funeral Home & Crematory

Explorer Pipeline

L&M Plumbing

Palace Cafe

Treat Dreams

OK Veterinary Specialists

Wendy & Gentner Drummond

Somewhere in the Middle

posted August 13th, 2016 by
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Looking Back

Somewhere in the Middle

Like many people in the world of animal rescue, I follow several facebook pages/groups including a few “closed groups”. This past week, we’ve all been deluged with situations that question our sanity, makes us realize why we never give up and continue to rescue, and, occasionally, leave us either sad or speechless (sometimes both at the same time).

Somewhere in the middle

April

And then, you have a ray of sunshine that completely changes your perspective.
For me it was a conversation with April’s Mom. April came to us from a municipal shelter where she would have been euthanized. The Richardson Birthing Center came to the rescue and April delivered her puppies in a safe, loving environment.

Now, thanks to our partnership with Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colorado, April has been adopted. Her Mom, Stephanie, reached out to me as she had some questions. What made me smile was when Stephanie said her Mom had flown out to meet April, That didn’t erase all the irate phone calls, desperate situations we’d encountered this week – but it helped – – it really, really helped.

Somewhere in the middle is where we need to be. Every month some animals need a home in this area. Fix your critter/Save a litter has played a key role in the number of unwanted puppies and kittens born each year. And, most importantly, we’re writing great April stories about dogs and cats in northeastern Oklahoma.

We will get there – – it’s what keeps us going

Until we do, the letters, pictures, videos and phone calls from happy adopters out-of-state will make us smile and reenergize us to keep on keeping on.

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]

918-256-7227

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Concentrated Animal Feeding

posted July 30th, 2016 by
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State Question 777

Concentrated Animal Feeding

Also, we have the claim that industrial agriculture—in particular, concentrated animal feeding operations—keep food prices down. These graphs show the change in food prices for select poultry and swine commodities in the Southern Region of the US (which includes Oklahoma) beginning in 1992, the year after Oklahoma first allowed concentrated pork and chicken production.

 

Concentrated Animal Feeding

Pro-Animal Regulations

posted July 29th, 2016 by
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State Question 777

Pro Animal Regulations

A key point of dispute in the debate over State Question 777 is whether pro-animal regulations lead to higher food prices. There’s been specific attention paid to the price of eggs in California since the 2008 passage of pro-animal Proposition 2, and its implementation in early 2015. The infographics below present data on egg prices nationally, and in California, to bring factual clarity to this important discussion.

Pro-Animal Regulations

Clear the Shelters Day

posted July 14th, 2016 by
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Clear the Shelters Day

 CLEAR THE SHELTERS DAY

THE TULSA SPCA AND OTHER AREA ANIMAL SHELTERS TO HOST 

TULSA, OK, JULY 8, 2016 — The Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is proud to announce its involvement in National Clear the Shelters Day on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

“We are so excited to coordinate this event again this year,” said Mindy Tiner, Tulsa SPCA executive director.  “Last year was such a great experience.  Many participating shelters and rescues had their largest ever number of single day adoptions!  This year we are excited to announce even more rescue/shelter participation than in 2015.  Rescue animals are usually no different from animals you’d get from any other source – with the exception that with every animal rescued you save two lives.  The one you rescue and the one shelters can then take in as a result.  This year has been such a tough year for the rescue community with the large number of hoarding, cruelty, unwanted litters and just general surrenders, we really want to use this opportunity to find forever homes for these animals that haven’t had the love and stability they deserve.”

This year marks the third annual event. National Clear the Shelters Day was started in 2014 by a group of North Texas animal shelters. In its first year, 38 North Texas Shelters adopted 2,273 animals. It was the first time cities, counties and nonprofit organizations joined forces to offer a unified campaign. In 2015, 118 animals were adopted by the Tulsa SPCA in its first year participating in the program.

Besides finding homes for shelter dogs and cats, the North Texas agencies hoped their first year event would encourage other shelters around the country to participate in National Empty the Shelter Day. Spearheaded by the Tulsa SPCA, 17 other Tulsa area agencies have signed on to reduce adoption prices on July 23. A list of these agencies and where they will be adopting out animals can be found at tulsaspca.org/clear-the-shelter.

“An estimated 11,000 animals are euthanized every day in the United States,” said Tiner. “We hope, on Clear the Shelters Day, the Tulsa community will join in with communities across the country and help us make a difference.”

By adopting from a shelter or rescue group, a dog or cat is given a second chance and the nation’s pet overpopulation problem decreases without the threat of euthanasia.

“Clear the Shelters Day is a great opportunity to come out and see how many beautiful animals rescue organizations and shelters have up for adoption,” said Jamee Suarez-Howard of the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, one of the participating animal agencies. “We’re asking the community to come together and help us clear the shelters.  When you clear the shelters YOU are saving precious lives!”