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Senior Advantage

posted September 17th, 2016 by
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Senior Advantage

Senior Advantage

There’s an advantage – – a big advantage – – to adopting a senior dog or cat. Too often they’re overlooked when, in reality, they would be the perfect pet for your lifestyle.

First – true confession. I’m no longer young – not even middle aged – – I’ve passed both those milestones, so I can speak with some authority.

When an older person wants to adopt a puppy, I always secretly cringe. Why?
Because this is what has happened too often – I know from experience working in a shelter.
1. The darling puppy causes you to trip, fall, even really hurt yourself.
2. The darling puppy wants to play and play and play – – – – then play some more
3. Unless you have a secret to a long, long, long healthy life – the puppy will probably still be around and need another home
4. Few children, grandchildren, relatives, friends will really step up and bring the puppy/dog into their home. We know this from the phone calls we receive, on a regular basis, either from the owner who needs to rehome the dog or the relatives/friends who say they can no longer care for the dog.

From a personal point of view, I know it would be difficult for me – and for a young child or teenager – if we were required to live together. I’m past the age of getting a second wind when I’m tired – – now, when I’m tired – – I’m tired – translate that as I’m headed to bed or to take a nap.

Loud music, lots of energy, coupled with knowing I would be personally responsible for a child causes me to gulp – – take a deep breath – – and hope it doesn’t become reality.

Sooo, if you qualify as a mature older person and you want a companion who thinks you’re wonderful, loves to snuggle on the couch, keeps your feet warm at night, frequent daytime naps are awesome – – – visit your local shelter or rescue. Ask to see the older dogs and find your perfect pet.

For those of us who are senior citizens – – older is better – – -trust me~!!!!!

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]

918-256-7227

TulsaPets Mag Sept / Oct 2016

posted September 14th, 2016 by
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TulsaPets Magazine  September / October 2016

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

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Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

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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!

Barry Switzer – ‘No’ on SQ 777

posted September 6th, 2016 by
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Barry Switzer

Thanks to our friends at https://nondoc.com

Letter: Barry Switzer and his wife voting ‘No’ on SQ 777

Barry Switzer

To the editors:

My passion for the gridiron is well known. What a lot of people don’t know about me is my love of animals.

My wife, Becky, and I own several dogs and they are a big part of our life. We have trained working dogs, and we own others that are being trained for search and rescue missions. We’ve also rescued many dogs over the years who were abused or neglected and we do whatever we can to elevate animal welfare, including facilitating adoptions. Our passion for animals is just one of the reasons we oppose State Question 777.

If SQ 777 passes, it will make it easier for puppy mills to exist. Puppy mill operators will be able to classify themselves as farmers and their animals as livestock.

Puppy mills are atrocities where neglect, disease and abuse is rampant. Animals are caged 24-7 and some live their entire lives in wire cages, never once touching or rolling in the grass. Adult dogs are often debarked, which involves ramming a steel rod down their throats to rupture their vocal cords.

I could go on with the atrocities, but you get the point: puppy mills are an abomination.

Another reason Becky and I are voting no on SQ 777 is because it threatens Oklahoma’s ability to maintain clean water and air for our grandchildren. Instead, it gives constitutional protection to corporations who profit off industrial farming, entrusting them, and not local and state officials, to decide what’s best for Oklahomans’ public welfare.

These corporations are trying to mislead voters by painting SQ 777 as “right to farm” and using wholesome imagery of family farmers and Oklahoma landscapes to lure votes to change our state constitution. This is a problem because SQ 777 isn’t about family farmers; it’s about big-time corporate agriculture wanting fewer and fewer restrictions on how they operate.

Oklahoma’s family farmers have always been good team players, taking care of land, water and air. Big Ag doesn’t have the same game plan and winning record.

Big Ag is trying to represent itself as the underdog, as the little team being blitzed. They’re actually going town to town across our state saying they’re in danger of being sacked and that our food supply could be compromised.

I’m not making this up. That’s what they’re saying to scare Oklahomans into voting yes. Football coaches would call this a trick play, a tight end around, and we shouldn’t be fooled by it.

Consider this football analogy: One team is Big Ag. The other team is natural resources and animal welfare. The referees are state and local officials who make sure both sides play fair. But a “yes” vote for SQ 777, gives Team Big Ag the referees, too.

If this happens, it’s game over. Big Ag will “hang half-a-hundred” on us.

Join me in voting “No” on 777.

Looking Back – Going Forward

posted September 5th, 2016 by
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Looking Back

Looking Back – Going Forward

Looking BackOne year ago, we had tentatively entered the world of transfer out-of-state. Looking back, we had no idea how successful it would be – nor how many lives would be saved. The first few trips were filled with apprehension, worries – – that were never justified – and success we could not have imagined.

It’s hard to wrap our minds around 750+ dogs living the good life out-of-state. But that’s 750 dogs that have been “fixed” – – no more litters — – in forever homes.

Every Tuesday evening, our van (full of wagging tails) heads down the road. Yes, we all wait for the phone call that says they’ve arrived safely. Then we breathe for a few days and start the process over again. It’s encouraging that several rescues/shelters have now partnered with us, so we know we are making a difference in other towns as well.

It’s also rewarding to know that some of our dogs that have a visual history of abuse will find a loving, safe, home. Two of our most recent ones are Hank and Kaiya. They’re both in training with inmates at NOCC and will graduate Canine Good Citizen Certificates. Hank had a severe chemical burn on his side, but like many dogs, his ability to forgive is amazing. Kaiya came from a hoarding/abuse case and she, too, is at NOCC getting her certificate.

Going forward we know our transfer program will grow. More dogs will be saved, “fixed” and find new homes.

For cats, the answer is local. Consistent affordable spay/neuter programs will be the most important element in the solution. There is no out-of-state demand for cats or kittens. The immediate and long-term solution for cats is different than for dogs – – but the important fact to remember is there are solutions, they do work and lives are saved.

For all the rescues/shelters who work with us we say THANKS – – we’re glad you’re part of our solution. Our mission remains – saving hundreds of lives in Northeast Oklahoma. The only thing that has changed is their destination.

Good weeks, like this one, make the hard times bearable.

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]

918-256-7227

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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