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Pet Tips – A Clean House

posted December 22nd, 2019 by
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Money (and Sanity) Saving Tips for Pet Owners

That Like to Keep a Clean House

by Nick Burton

Pet Tips

 

We all love our furry friends, but that doesn’t mean we like cleaning up after them. When you have a pet, you can expect a few messes. Scratch that — lots of them. Between shedding and unscheduled indoor potty breaks, cleaning up after a four-legged family is almost a full-time job. However, before you post a want ad for a housekeeper, take a few minutes to scope out these tips that can help you save money while cleaning your house.

 

Stock Up Early

 

One of the worst things that you can find is an empty cleaning supplies closet when your dog has tracked in something unsavory from the outdoors. Instead of rushing to the closest store in a panic, make sure you have everything you need on-hand all the time. Buy at least two bottles of cleaner, two sponges, and two packs of absorbent paper towels and keep them close at hand (especially if you have a puppy). To save some cash, look online for a Target coupon code; there are three Target locations in Tulsa if you would rather shop in person.

 

Learn How to Use a Lint Roller

 

A lint roller is essentially a roll of inverse tape on a handle. These ingenious little inventions, which typically cost $5 or less, are one of the most versatile tools you can use around the home. Any time you see hair stuck to the sofa, grab your lint roller. Remove it as soon as you see it and your home will be better for it.

 

Scrub Dirty Paws at the Welcome Mat

 

If your dog typically tracks in mud and dirt after your walks, keep a towel and spray bottle just inside of your door. This way, you can tackle their toes before they walk all over your floors.

 

Quit Using Perfumes to Eliminate Odors

 

In addition to dirt, pets are notorious for leaving a lingering odor everywhere they go. Even if you wash your pet weekly, there is no guarantee that you won’t smell them before you see them. And when one urinates on the floor, the scent can stick around. HC Summers Feed and Supply recommends using an enzymatic cleaner or baking soda to get rid of the smell. For everything else, a $2 bottle of white vinegar, a spray bottle, and a dry towel may be all you need. Vinegar is safe on most fabrics, but you should test an inconspicuous area before you spray.

 

Brush Your Pet’s Hair Every Day

 

Your pet’s grooming routine does more than keep them adorable. According to the Animal Humane Society, regular brushing can ensure a healthy coat by distributing natural oils. Further, running a brush through their fur, no matter how long or short, can help remove dry skin. This simple act won’t cost you a dime but will save you time on vacuuming.

 

Clean the Kitty Litter

 

You already know that you have to scoop and clean the kitty litter. However, if you are only doing this once every other day, your house probably smells on the unpleasant side. For the most effective odor elimination, clean the kitty litter at least twice each day, no matter how many felines occupy your home. Also, quit spending money on the priciest cat litter out there; they honestly don’t work any better than budget brands.

 

When you have pets, you’re going to have messes. And you are also going to have to spend money managing these messes. Save yourself stress and strain — and dollars and cents — by following the tips above. Your pet and your nose will thank you.

 

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Free Spay / Neuter Services

posted December 15th, 2019 by
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TULSA, OK – Animal Balance, a global nonprofit whose mission is to collaborate with communities in need to create sustainable and humane animal management programs in order to prevent suffering and ignite social change, will partner with the Coalition for Tulsa Pets to provide free spay/neuter services for dogs in the greater Tulsa area.

A total of three clinics will be held in 2020, with the first clinic running from January 10th through the 13th, 2020 at the Tulsa SPCA located at 2910 Mohawk Blvd in Tulsa. Free sterilization and vaccinations will be provided for dogs whose families would not otherwise be able to afford this service. Funding for this program is being provided by the Arnall Family Foundation. Appointments are required. See below for more information on scheduling.

Animal Balance will be bringing in a specialized “MASH” team of volunteer veterinary medical professionals to the community to perform surgeries and training for local animal welfare organizations. The model provides immediate relief while leaving a sustainable system in place for long-term success.

“Once we learned that the city of Tulsa was facing a massive backlog in spay/neuter surgeries resulting in a low live release rate at the local open admission shelter, Animal Balance decided to reach out to local organizations to find out if assistance was needed. The response from the leadership of the local coalition was very positive and the efforts began to make Tulsa a project under Animal Balance USA,” stated Emma Clifford, Director and Founder of Animal Balance.

The MASH clinics are expected to take place in January, March and April with dates and locations for the March and April clinics coming soon. To learn more and to schedule your dog for a free spay/neuter surgery, please contact Tulsa Animal Welfare by calling 918-596-7387 (PETS) or emailing [email protected]. Appointments will be available on a first come, first served basis beginning on 12/9/19.

About Animal Balance:

Animal Balance was founded in 2004 and has worked in 12 countries around the world in addition to working in underserved areas of the USA. We provide humane population management strategies and empower communities by addressing cat and dog overpopulation at the root cause. We believe communities within the United States and throughout the world wish to embrace cats and dogs and protect them with kindness and compassion. Through this foundational belief, we strive to protect the human-animal bond.

About the Arnall Family Foundation:

Founded in 2015, The Arnall Family Foundation seeks to make lasting, transformative improvements to systems and programs through results-driven investments and strategic convening of community partners. The Arnall Family Foundation focuses on progressing meaningful criminal justice reform, improving the child welfare system and advancing companion animal welfare in the state of

Oklahoma.

About The Coalition for Tulsa Pets:

The Coalition for Tulsa Pets is a collaborative effort by The Humane Society of Tulsa, Tulsa Animal Welfare and Tulsa Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to develop and execute a community plan to increase the live release rate at Tulsa Animal Welfare and provide comprehensive and sustainable services for the pets in the City of Tulsa. Coalition Programs Focus On:

- Public Access to Free and Low Cost Spay and Neuter Services – Pets for Life: A Community Diversion and Education Program – Community Cat Program
– Community Pet Adoptions

- Out of State Transport for Adoptable Pets

4 Best Apps for First-Time Dog Owners

posted December 8th, 2019 by
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4 Best Apps for First-Time Dog Owners

by Nick Burton

You’ve just brought home your first dog. You’ve got the basic supplies — food, bed, leash, maybe even a cute holiday dog costume wardrobe. But being a dog owner is also about training, monitoring your pet’s habits, and keeping track of your pet’s medical information for the vet and any temporary caretakers. So to give you a hand, we assembled our favorite apps to put everything you need at your fingertips.

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Image courtesy of Unsplash

 

iTrainer Dog Whistle and Clicker

The iTrainer app comes with a bundle that combines a dog whistle with squeaky sounds, over 40 animal sounds, and a training clicker. You can also use the app to record commands, phrases like “Want to go for a walk?” or any other sounds you choose in order to entertain and educate your pup. The app is easy to use and will help you get your dog trained in no time.

 

Paw Tracks

With the Paw Tracks pet tracker, you can track all your dog’s activities. The app tracks the time and distance of your dog’s walks, as well as who walks them. You can also use Paw Tracks to log your dog’s meals and bathroom habits. Paw Tracks includes a GPS tracker, but it’s also great for storing and sharing health data or any other important information to family and caretakers.

 

Dog Monitor and Pet Cam by Annie

CNET notes Annie’s Dog Monitor and Pet Cam is a reliable, feature-rich app. You can monitor up to four pets at once on any device, and if there is a Wi-Fi outage, it will keep searching for a signal and reconnect automatically. The app comes with full-screen video and has long reach when there’s an available network. The app also works well when viewed with a front or back camera and with your device’s night light feature.

 

Say BARK!

Don’t forget to feature your new dog on this year’s holiday cards! Celebrate your dog ownership by designing your very own animated greetings. Product Hunt explains Say BARK! is an app that lets you create cards starring your very own lovable pup. You just need to take a photo of your dog, then select one of the humorous filters that comes with the app. Add an audio message or record your own, and finally, share your original, animated card with all your friends.

 

Word of Warning

When you’re in the midst of checking on your dog’s health, or even creating a hilarious greeting card, the last thing you want to have happen is for your phone to freeze up. If you’re using an older smartphone, you might need to upgrade your phone or plan to keep your apps all running smoothly.

Thankfully, new phones are out in abundance. For instance, you can find Samsung models to fit any budget, and some service providers offer packages which include an Echo Dot and unlimited data. Apple fans can check out the new Apple iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 comes with wide and ultra-wide lenses that let you crop and zoom after you take the photo, and the new video feature QuickTake will have you capturing every moment with your new pup.

Remember, dog ownership entails more than stocking up on doggy equipment and dressing your pup to the nines. Add some apps to your phone and take some time to learn about dog health and training. With a bit of effort and engagement, your pup will be a healthy, happy canine good citizen, and you’ll be able to take the best possible care of your new furry family member.

Clear the Shelters 2019

posted August 15th, 2019 by
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TULSA SPCA LEADS 2019 CLEAR THE SHELTERS EVENT WITH AREA SHELTERS

More than 23 Tulsa animal rescues, shelters participate

 

TULSA, OKLAHOMA, AUGUST 1, 2019 – The Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is proud to announce its involvement in the national Clear the Shelters event on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Tulsa SPCA will adopt dogs and cats on a “name your price” system in the hopes of emptying the shelter of adoptable animals.

“Our entire organization looks forward to Clear the Shelters every year. The opportunity to see kennel after kennel empty is an amazing gift,” said Tulsa SPCA Executive Director Mindy Tiner. “Knowing this is a national movement and thousands of animals across the country will find their forever homes is even more inspiring.” 

NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 17 to help find loving homes for animals in need. More than 250,000 pets found their forever homes on Clear the Shelter days since 2015.

“Every year we have people who worry about low-cost adoptions, but we want to assure them the research shows adoption fees don’t predict better homes,” Tiner said. “We want everyone to know we still follow our normal application process.”

Although adoption fees are waived for Clear the Shelters, the Tulsa SPCA spends on average $1,000 per animal to get them ready for new homes.

“We appreciate when adopters choose to make a donation to help cover those costs,” Tiner said.

Currently, 23 animal organizations in Northeastern Oklahoma are joining the Tulsa SPCA in Clear the Shelters.

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For a complete list of organizations participating in Clear the Shelters Day, or for links to research supporting Mindy Tiner’s quote, please visit tulsaspca.org/clear-the-shelter or contact the Tulsa SPCA at 918-428-7722.

Willie the Crow

posted May 26th, 2019 by
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Willie the Crow – Certified Great Read!

Linda Harkey just won the RWYK (Reading With Your Kids) award – Certified Great Read Status for her picture book “The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow” (A Hickory Doc’s Tale).

Here is the link of the video that was created and published on their YouTube Channel to announce the achievement of her book.

The Remarkable Story Of Willie The Crow” by Linda Harkey | RWYK Certified Great Read

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Signed! Tulsa Girl to Equestrian Team

posted May 19th, 2019 by
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Signed! Tulsa Girl to Equestrian Team

You might remember the inspiring story of Lily Rhodes who was featured with her horse Charlie in our July/August 2018 issue. A dressage rider, 14-year-old Lily lost her right arm in an ATV accident. While in the emergency room, she commented that she would now have to ride Western since she only had one hand. As fate would have it, the surgeon, also a dressage rider, said, “Over my dead body.”

The article detailed how Charlie helped her recover from the accident, and the pair has been winning ribbons and awards ever since.

Signed!

          Fast forward to 2019: Lily graduated from Bishop Kelley this month and is headed to the University of Lynchburg in Virginia where she has been signed to the equestrian team. For now, Charlie is staying in Tulsa.

Congratulations, Lily! You are truly an inspiration.

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