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Vampires Helping Cats in Tulsa

posted July 11th, 2017 by
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Vampires Helping Cats in Tulsa, Ok.

PC KC 3bToday is the release of LOVED, the first book in the House of Night Otherworld series. This young-adult series is based in Tulsa and is about a group of vampyre friends protecting their beLoved city and the rest of the world from a dark and malevolent enemy. LOVED is the continuation of the House of Night series, which follows these vampy teens through a vampyre boarding school named House of Night.

P.C. and Kristin Cast, a mother/daughter writing team, and Tulsa residents at the time, penned these books, the first of which came out a decade ago.

What does this have to do with pets, you say? Well, a lot. Read on.

Each vampyre at the House of Night has an animal familiar, usually cats, but a sweet canine comes into play further into the stories. There is also a stable blessed with gentle horses where the students can learn to ride and care for them. One of the recurring locations in the House of Night series is a cat shelter called Street Cats, ran by the Benedictine Sisters. P.C. and Kristin modeled this fictional feline rescue after Tulsa’s real life StreetCats Inc. While it is not run by nuns, it is powered completely by volunteers and donations from cat-loving people like you and I. For more information, check out the StreetCats Inc.

Both authors love this particular pet paradise and gladly share the limelight with it. In fact, P.C. and Kristin are covering all StreetCat adoption fees for July 5th-12th to celebrate the release of LOVED and the House of Night’s 10-year anniversary.

I have been a fan of the House of Night series since the beginning and am so excited to see the characters return for more adventures. I contacted P.C and Kristin about the upcoming book and their relationship with StreetCats in Tulsa. Not only did I get to correspond with them through our electronic interview, they even sent me an ARC (advanced reader copy) of LOVED. I immediately made time to devour the book and was not disappointed. These young characters have grown up into powerful vampyres and the stakes are high as another attack on Tulsa threatens to destroy everything. It was a thrill to connect with some of my favorite authors, especially for my favorite magazine! Here is a sneak peek of our email palavers.

How was the House of Night born? How did you two decide to pen these novels?

PC: In 2005 I was at a writers’ conference with my agent, Meredith Bernstein, and she said that she would like me to consider writing a series set at a “vampyre finishing school.”  I was teaching then at South Intermediate High School in Broken Arrow (Go Tigers!), and I instantly thought about a high school setting.  Meredith was thinking more adult and sexy, especially as I already had several adult paranormal romances already published, but I was insistent.  She gave me the green light to write a proposal and the first three chapters, and they totally won her, and St. Martin’s Press, over!

Do you write together? Tell me about your writing process.

PC: For the House of Night, Kristin is my teen voice, front lined editor.  I do all the writing.  She brainstorms with me, helps me outline, and is my first editor.  We do actually co-write books, though.  THE SCENT OF SALT AND SAND is a novella we co-authored that is set in Kristin’s world of her series, THE ESCAPED.  Right now, we are hard at work co-authoring a brand-new YA paranormal series called THE DYSASTERS, which will begin releasing spring 2018.  When we write together we each choose and create characters, and then take turns writing chapters.  Whose turn to write depends on whose character is the main focus of that particular chapter.

Introduce me to your pets.

PC: I have a personal protection Eastern European German Shepherd named Badger who is a fantastic warrior and working dog.  Three Scotties: Cameron, Captain Kirk, and The Mighty Khan.  A Maine Coon named Xena Warrior Princess Cast, and two quarter horse mares, Anjo and The Black.

KC: I have two alien baby French bulldogs, Grace Kelly and Sir Laurence Olivier, and a squishy, giant mastiff puppy named Baloo (like from The Jungle Book)!

Which animals are your supervisors during writing?

PC: Oh, mine “help” every night!  I write late, late at night, surrounded by three Scottie dogs, my German Shepherd, and my Maine Coon. Sometimes I worry about what I’m writing, though, because I always seem to put them to sleep…

KC: Gracie loves to “help” me. There’s a bed for her right next to my desk where she curls up into a little furry ball and snores away. Sometimes the big one (Baloo) will come in, but it’s really just to get Gracie to play with him. Once they get started, I have to kick them out. Mastiff/Frenchie play time is sooooo loud. Sir Laurence is very anti-social and prefers to stay in his house on his heating pad. He has the right idea. If I didn’t have any responsibilities, I’d stay in my room on a heating pad too.

What, to you, is the message of House of Night?

PC: There are several messages in HoN.  One of the most important is that it is not our mistakes that define us, but how we recover from them and then learn and grow.  We also make very clear points about the importance of empathizing with those who are different – and that being different is not synonymous with being bad or sinful or evil.  And, of course, we continue to fight racism, misogyny, and homophobia with every book.

P.C. and Kristin will be at Books a Million at 7404 S Olympia Ave in Tulsa TODAY at 7pm for a meet and greet and to sign copies of LOVED. You can read more about this dynamic duo in the July/August issue of Tulsa Pets Magazine. Check it out!

P.C. Cast link https://www.pccastauthor.com/

Kristin Cast link https://www.kcastauthor.com/home

House of Night link https://www.houseofnightseries.com/

StreetCats Inc. link http://www.streetcatstulsa.org/

Bark in the Park 2017

posted June 8th, 2017 by
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Bark in the Park

with the Drillers at OneOK Field

Bark in the ParkSpring has sprung, and with it a new baseball season. Dog lovers in Tulsa know that the best Drillers games to attend are the much-loved Bark in the Park nights when baseball fans can bring their canine buddies along to enjoy America’s favorite pastime.

This year, Tulsa Pets Magazine readers have the chance to win tickets to the upcoming June 14th Bark in the Park night as well as future Bark in the Park games through the season.

Register here to win tickets!

You need to hurry, they don’t last long!

In a Perfect World

posted May 13th, 2017 by
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In a Perfect World

 

I don’t mean perfect no flaws, but manageable reality that brings a smile to my face.

We’ve been open 2 years and 1 month.  Our direction is different – but it is working and the options for homeless/unwanted dogs and cats is improving.  We’re not to perfect, yet, but I can see “manageable reality” down the road.  Two years ago I didn’t even want to look down the road. 

From my point of view – these are the components of manageable reality for most of us in rescue.

#1)      Low-cost spay/neuter programs for those who are income qualified.  Thanks to grants we now offer this program to the outlying areas around Vinita that include Bernice, Disney, Ketchum, Langley, Cleora, Welch, Pryor, Miami, Fairland, Afton and Bluejacket.

#2)      A long-term investment in the community to help all pet owners keep their pets, be sure they are “fixed” (spayed/neutered), and up-to-date on shots.  Thanks to a grant from Pets For Life, this is a manageable reality in Vinita.  You will see our little van sprinting around town on a mission.  If Lacee (Pets for Life representative) knocks on your door – she really is there to help!!!

#3)      Expanded partner relationships with municipal and 501©3 rescues.  The system is simple, the protocols are reasonable and the outcomes are wonderful. Our dogs (and occasionally cats), arrive at Dumb Friends League in Denver or the Buddy Center at Castle Rock and, within days, are in their new homes.  The pictures and stories we get validates the success.

Two years ago I would have never imagined this journey.  Fortunately, we were open to new ideas and solutions, the Board of Directors was supportive, the grantors understood the value of the programs, and we’ve developed a system that works.

Frankly, Mark Zuckerberg has no idea how much help Facebook is for all of us in rescue. It keeps us connected and provides a platform that is easy to navigate.

So – we’re close the manageable reality.  And that feels good.

PAAS is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization. Donations are tax-deductible; checks may be mailed to PAAS, P.O. Box 491, Vinita, OK 74301 or by credit card on our website at paasvinita.com. For more information, call 918-256-7227.

 

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Kay Stout, Director 

PAAS Vinita

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918-256-7227

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Supply and Demand

posted March 18th, 2017 by
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Supply and Demand

Supply and DemandThere is a direct correlation between supply and demand.  A long time ago, there were Cabbage Patch dolls.  My daughter was the target age at that time and, yes, her world included one of the dolls.  Were they overpriced – – yes; did they remain a collector’s item – no; did supply eventually exceed demand –  – yes.  The same philosophy applies to limited edition cars, trucks, jewelry, and clothing.  Yes I have one expensive purse.   Is the brand as expensive today as it was 10 years ago – – No, not even close.  The supply eventually outnumbered the demand, other purses caught the attention of women and today you can buy one of the purses at a reasonable price.

This correlation also applies to dogs and cats in rural Oklahoma.  There is a consistent over-supply of cute, adorable, big, little, fluffy dogs and sweet, purring cats.  Because the supply far outweighs the demand, their value in the marketplace is diminished in Oklahoma.  Thankfully for all of us involved in rescue, the demand outstrips the supply in other states.  As a result, every week hundreds of Oklahoma dogs (and many cats) find themselves in a van, the back of an SUV, or riding shot-gun – headed to their new home. 

An example is Miss Dixie and her puppies.  She was homeless.  Fortunately, for her and her puppies, she was rescued and gave birth at the Richardson Birthing Center. Fast forward several weeks.  Miss Dixie and her puppies arrived at Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colorado.  Within a week all of them (including Miss Dixie) had new homes.  They have a demand, we have the supply.

We are working very hard to diminish the over-supply.  Once that happens, Oklahoma dogs and cats will have a higher value.  We’re working very hard to make this a reality.

Sarge

posted February 25th, 2017 by
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Sarge

Sarge changed my life.  While I was at Second Chance Animal Sanctuary in Norman, they were (and continue to be) part of the Friends for Folks dog training program at the prison in Lexington.  I’d worked out an agreement with Lee, who ran the program, that he could select 3 dogs and we would get to give him one. 

Lee came into the facility, picked his three and I then took him to Sarge’s kennel.  He was met with growls – lots of growls – from a grumpy, irritated gray schnauzer.  Lee said “I’m not taking that dog”.  My response was “We had an agreement.”   It took a few minutes of convincing, but Sarge went to the training program.

Fast forward 6 months, the phones are ringing, dogs are barking and the cats are serenading.  Lee calls me and says something to the effect “We have a dog who is going to the Norman Veterans Center to be their resident greeter.”  I’m sure I responded appropriately.  Then he said “Do you know which dog?”  My answer “No”.  He said “Sarge”.  I know there were a few seconds of dead silence before I said “Sarge, are you sure it’s Sarge?”.  Yes it was Sarge.

We were also privileged to be part of the documentary The Dogs of Lexington.  You can go to you tube – type in the title and select the one by John Otto.  43 minutes long, so have your beverage of choice handy while you watch.  You will see Sarge at his grumpiest, his transformation under the care of Mr. Miller – an inmate- at the prison, and his triumphant introduction to the veterans at the center in Norman.

Then in 2015, the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association gave their “Hero Dog of the Year Award” to Sarge.  It still gives me goose bumps when I remember watching Sarge confidently standing on the stage, then a few minutes later he realized one of the veterans who was in attendance needed reassuring.  Sarge quietly went over to his wheelchair and jumped up in his lap so he could be petted.  Sarge just knew.

SargeToday, PAAS is involved with a training program at NOCC (Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center).  We see the transformation in the inmates chosen for the program as well as the shelter dogs who live with them.  Programs like this change lives – – those of the inmate, their family, the shelter dog, those of us at PAAS who witness the transformation, and the lucky people who adopt a PAAS/NOCC graduate.

This is a picture of Sarge – – – – miracles do happen –  he’s one of them.

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

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918-256-7227

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Adopt at Tulsa Animal Welfare

posted February 19th, 2017 by
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TulsaPets Magazine toured the Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter and took these pictures of adorable animals available for adoption. If you are thinking about a new family member, please consider saving the life of a homeless animal!

Visit the shelter and take home a new best friend!

Adopt at Tulsa Animal Welfare

LEARN MORE ABOUT TULSA ANIMAL WELFARE SHELTER

Make a difference – adopt a shelter animal!

All of these pictures were taken May 12th by Bob Foshay

The shelter is open to the public: Monday Noon – 5:00, Tuesday – Friday Noon – 6pm

and Saturday Noon – 4pm

Closed Sundays and some City holidays.

Dogs and cat adoptions are $75.00

Tulsa Animal Welfare Shelter   3031 N. Erie   Tulsa 74115   (918) 596-8000

This Week’s Wednesday’s Children available from the City of Tulsa Animal Welfare Shelter.   There are some beautiful dogs and cats for adoption so please go rescue one today! Rescued pets make the best companions!!!  A big “THANKS” is owed to Bob Foshay for doing what he does every week!

2017

* Pictured Animals may no longer be available

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