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Kirkpatrick Foundation Grant to PAAS

posted June 1st, 2020 by
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Kirkpatrick Foundation Grant to PAAS

The Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter (PAAS) has received a spay/neuter grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation. The grant will be used to help defray the surgical costs for pet owners in the Vinita and Tahlequah areas. To date, the PAAS Spay/Neuter program has “fixed” 3,500+ pets in northeast Oklahoma.

These funds wil be used to continue that program, a vital component of pet over­ population control.

PAAS is a member of the Common Bonds initiative. The goal is for Oklahoma shelters to have a 90% live release rate of adoptable pets by 2025. Thanks to this financial support, PAAS will continue to play a key role in pet over-population for northeast Oklahoma.

For information about Common Bonds, contact Kelly Burley, Executive Director at: Kelly.commonbonds

Disaster Relief for Animals Awards $30,500

posted May 9th, 2020 by
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More Than $30,000 Disaster Relief for Animals Awarded to Mitigate the Financial Impact of Covid-19

(OKLAHOMA CITY) –The Oklahoma City Community Foundation, in partnership with the Kirkpatrick Foundation, is awarding $30,500 in Oklahoma Disaster Relief for Animal Support (OK-DFAS) grants to nine Oklahoma charitable organizations continuing to make an impact for animals throughout the Covid-19 emergency.
Established in late March in response to the Covid-19 disaster, OK-DFAS was designed to mitigate the financial impact of disaster on charitable nonprofits providing care for animals. To encourage donors to support OK-DFAS, the Kirkpatrick Foundation offered a dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity for donations to the fund up to $100,000 total.
“Every state should be so lucky to have this type of trusted philanthropic tool to help animals affected by disaster,” said Louisa McCune, Kirkpatrick Foundation executive director. “The additional support provided through the Kirkpatrick Foundation’s dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity offers donors a high return on their philanthropic investment, a rare thing in this economic climate. The cats, dogs, horses, wildlife and farm animals of Oklahoma are all better for the fund’s creation.”
The following organizations are receiving Oklahoma Disaster Relief for Animal Support Fund grants:
• Animal Aid of Tulsa | $3,500 to provide emergency medical care for animals that would normally be supported by the organization’s thrift store and adoption events.
• Forever Yours Dog Rescue | $4,000 to support the foster-based rescue program normally funded by local adoption events.
• Friends of the Shelter Foundation | $3,000 to purchase dog food, veterinary care and flee, tick and heartworm prevention medication for dogs.
• Nexus Equine | $2,000 to increase the organization’s ability to accept, care for and adopt out horses that owners can no longer afford.
• Oklahoma Alliance for Animals | $6,000 to support pet food deliveries as well as boarding and veterinary expenses for shelter dogs.
• Oklahoma Humane Society | $2,000 to purchase food and medicine for shelter animals.
• Pets & People Humane Society | $6,000 to offset lost thrift store income due to closure and increased staffing costs due to lack of volunteers.
• Thoroughbred Athletes | $1,500 to provide veterinarian services, rehabilitation and feed for horses.
• WildCare Foundation | $2,500 to purchase critical nutritional and medical supplies for continued care of their animals.

Grants Help Local Animal Nonprofits

posted May 9th, 2020 by
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Hello – I hope this email finds you well.

Two Tulsa-based animal support nonprofits – Oklahoma Alliance for Animals and Animal Aid of Tulsa – have received emergency response grants for support during COVID-19. Please find a press release for immediate release copied below and attached above.

Here is a quote from Oklahoma Alliance for Animals’ Executive Director Erin Shackelford, “We are incredibly honored to be awarded this Disaster Relief for Animal Support grant. The support from these two philanthropic organizations will allow Oklahoma Alliance for Animals to keep helping pets and pet parents in need across Northeast Oklahoma.”

We are happy to provide any additional information, quotes or photos you may need.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Erin Shackelford
Oklahoma Alliance for Animals
Executive Director

Breaking Ground – Ground Breaking

posted March 5th, 2020 by
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Breaking Ground – – Ground Breaking Results


Five years ago PAAS opened as a traditional shelter.  We discovered there were hundreds of dogs and cats who wanted to come to the shelter – but there were few people walking through the door to adopt.  It was a classic case of over supply in a saturated market.   We quickly had 50 dogs, 75+ cats and a waiting list of more than 150 dogs and 150 cats.  We had to think outside the box and find a new solution.   We looked at the situation as a market driven business.

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Breaking ground

Today PAAS is a transfer hub and spay/neuter clinic.  As I’m writing this, 30+ northeast Oklahoma pets are getting “fixed” at the clinic and on Sunday, 30+ homeless dogs from 13 municipal shelters will make the overnight trip to Dumb Friends League in Colorado.

The transition most assuredly did not happen overnight. It is difficult to change – – and transfer and spay/neuter clinics were not even discussed.

Thanks to donors and, especially the Cresap Family Foundation, Arnall Family Foundation and HSUS Pets for Life – since 2016 Vinita has exceeded 90% live release rate for dogs – a standard recognized by organizations such as PetSmart, Best Friends, Maddies Fund and others as Humane.  The Kirkpatrick Foundation has set a goal for Oklahoma to be a Humane State by 2025 for shelter dogs and cats.  For rural Oklahoma municipal shelters it can be a reality if, and it’s a big IF, there’s financial support to implement/expand a transfer program and establish a three year spay/neuter program for animals that bark or meow – – no questions asked.  This last one is as important as the transfer.

I recently had the opportunity to share our story with the Dean of the Oklahoma City University Law School.  As I told him, every time you have a spay/neuter clinic for 30 pets at least 30 dogs and 30 cats are “getting together” and in short order there will be lots of puppies and kittens.  Sooo you have to transfer – – but you also have to have consistent (ideally weekly) spay/neuter clinics to get ahead of the over population (ie flood).

It is possible …. It can be done….. PAAS has a business model that works for rural communities that face over populations of dogs and cats.  I could not be more proud of the PAAS team and the supporters and investors who believe in us.  It is rewarding, amazing and life-changing for us and the dogs and cats who come through our doors.

Saving Miss Daisy, the Shih tzu

posted February 23rd, 2020 by
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Saving Miss Daisy, the Shih tzu

Vicki’s Story:

I was working a vaccination clinic when 8 adorable Shih tzu puppies came for their shots.  I learned the owner of the momma dog did not want her so The Richardson Rexwinkle Birthing Center came to the rescue thanks to help from Attorney Jason who paid the surrender fee.

Miss Daisy

Poor little scruffy thing was filthy, matted, and her feet looked like she had dirty fuzzy slipper.  Her toenails curled under and were embedded in her foot pads. Her eyes were covered with dried, green gobs of gunk. Tom and I took her home, cleaned her eyes and painfully clipped her toe nails. was a trooper, for sure.


The next day she went to see Julie, who came in on her day off, to help relieve this baby’s suffering. She groomed her and she looked so cute. When we got her home, she was strutting her stuff. I posted her pictures on facebook and a gentleman from Texas named Don (who we knew) contacted me and the rest is history.  He had just lost his beloved Shih tzu that he’d rescued from Hurricane Katrina 13 years ago.  He will drive up from Texas, pick her up and she’ll be in her new home the end of March.


Please follow us at ,  Facebook:  PAAS Vinita  YouTube:  Pass Vinita

Rural Rescue

posted February 23rd, 2020 by
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Rural Rescue Reality


Based on where PAAS started (2015) and where PAAS is today (2020)…this is what we’ve learned.


Out-of-state transfer is vital – 5,300+ Oklahoma dogs now live in Colorado.

Spay/neuter – – consistent – – weekly – – ongoing makes an impact – 3,000+ pets fixed.

Funding – – angel investors who believe in a mission and support it financially

Rural Rescue

It works!!!!


  • Facebook is our go-to-for communication with our municipal shelter partners via a closed group.


  • Transport leaves every Sunday night, unless Mother Nature acts up between Vinita, Oklahoma and Denver, Colorado (destination Dumb Friends League)


  • Consistent spay/neuter clinics at PAAS with funding, weekly. With more funding – two to three days per week.  And, yes they would quickly fill up.  With weekly ones – we’re booked at least a month in advance.


  • PAAS was designed as a “traditional” shelter. Today we’re a transfer hub and spay/neuter clinic.  We’re making an impact, a difference and this prototype will work in rural towns.
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