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The most dog-friendly apartment cities

posted July 24th, 2015 by
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Pet Friendly Ratings

Andrew Woo, a Data Scientist at Apartment List, thought you might be interested in their Dog-Friendliness Index (they will publish the Cat-Friendliness Index next month). Nationwide, only 24% of apartments allow dogs, but there is significant variation across cities and states.

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Edmond ranked #8 out of 200 cities in dog-friendliness, with 48% of apartments allowing dogs

Oklahoma City ranked #59 out of the same 200 cities in dog-friendliness, with 32% of apartments allowing dogs

Tulsa ranked #120 out of the same 200 cities in dog-friendliness, with 21% of apartments allowing dogs

The State of Oklahoma ranked #18 of all states in dog-friendliness, with 39% of apartments allowing dogs

Arlington, TX comes in at the top of the list, with 61% of apartments allowing dogs. Other cities that performed well included Indianapolis (43%), Chicago (42%), Denver (42%) and Seattle (41%).

East Coast cities don’t appear to be very dog-friendly. Your best bet may be Alexandria or Arlington, where ~35% of apartments allow dogs.

The best states for renters with dogs are Texas and Colorado; worst are Vermont, New York, and Rhode Island.

You can access the full data at this link.

Wild at Art 2015

posted July 17th, 2015 by
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Logo 3         The Wildlife in Need Group In Tulsa (WING-IT) will host the third annual “Wild at Art” event Nov. 20-21, 2015, at the Tulsa Garden Center, to help the efforts of local volunteer animal rehabilitators in northeastern Oklahoma.

The show will feature works of art by area artists and artisans in a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, glass and photography, as well as decorative objects such as wreaths and holiday ornaments, bird houses and feeders, yard art, “green” items made of repurposed materials, and Oklahoma-made wines.  All art in the show will have a wildlife, nature or ecological theme.

Admission to “Wild at Art” is free, and proceeds from art sales will go toward helping WING-IT members cover the costs of rehabilitating animals so that they can be returned to the wild.

WING-IT, a part of the Tulsa Audubon Society, is a network of 25 volunteers who devote considerable time, effort, and expense to the care of compromised wild animals, primarily infant creatures. Such care includes feeding, hydrating, splinting, medicating, and housing, all with the goal of releasing the animals back into their natural habitat.

Logo 1         WING-IT members are licensed by the State of Oklahoma Fish & Wildlife Department, and those who accept native birds are also licensed by the United States Fish & Wildlife Services.  They work with area veterinarians, county game wardens, existing wildlife facilities and the Tulsa Zoo to achieve the best results for the creatures in their care.

WING-IT members, who come from all ages and all walks of life, devote their time to this task because of their love of animals, but the care required can be expensive.

For example, a rehabilitator caring for a young great horned owl will likely spend $5 to $7 a day for food, not counting the additional costs that might occur for medications, vaccines and housing. And very few rehabbers care for only one needy animal at a time.

Rehabbers absorb thousands of dollars in expenses to care for injured and abandoned animals, and the funds raised through events such as “Wild at Art” help defray some of those costs.

For more information and/or photographs: Kathy Locker, 918-671-3338, [email protected].




Tulsa Audubon Society and Wing It present “Wild At Art”

Date and time:  November 20 (12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and November 21 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Place: Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave.

Area artists and artisans will offer fine art, photography, jewelry, ceramics, bird/bat/bee houses, local honey, wine tasting, yard art, sculptures, fused glass, paintings, drawings, and much more for sale.

Admission: Free


posted July 17th, 2015 by
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Duke (00000002)OH, if only – – probably the most popular phrase in rescue.  IF ONLY people would spay/neuter.  IF ONLY people would provide a safe place for their pets.  IF ONLY all dogs were on heart-worm and flea/tick prevention.  IF ONLY all cats were spayed/neutered – including barn cats, feral cats, outdoor cats and inside cats.  IF ONLY people would realize adopting a pet should not be a spur-of-the-moment decision.  IF ONLY all pets were micro-chipped. IF ONLY dog fighters would find a different sport – one that hurt no one – – especially dogs who have no voice.  IF ONLY people understood the wonderful connection that can happen when they bring a pet into their home. IF ONLY the municipal shelters, private shelters and foster-based rescues never, ever had to say “no” we have no space.  IF ONLY everyone in Oklahoma decided they would support good spay/neuter legislation for their city and/or county.  IF ONLY,  IF ONLY spay/neuter were the two most popular words in everyone’s “‘pet” vocabulary.  IF ONLY – – – – IF ONLY. 


Kay Stout, Director   PAAS Vinita  [email protected]

The health and social benefits of pet ownership

posted July 13th, 2015 by
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Tom Clarke , Marketing Executive –  Greyhounds As Pets

health and social benefits of pet ownership

Collaboration – it works

posted July 3rd, 2015 by
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Collaboration and social media are powerful and they validate the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”. It applies to rescue as well.  Downtown Oklahoma City is an example – – today it is a vibrant place – – 16 years ago – – there was blowing dust and vacant buildings.  PAAS recently used both collaboration and social media to help some adorable, cute, funny, fantastic dogs.  It started with a connection made more than a year ago.  The result was 13 puppies will have new homes, information will be shared via social media and three rescues, lots of volunteers – especially Tom the bus driver – -are now connected to build a wider net to save more dogs.


If collaboration was embraced by more rescues, more dogs and cats could be saved, more adoptive homes discovered and the synergy that comes from collaboration would significantly change the face of rescue.  When you are passionate about rescue, it can be challenging to work together – – but  the dogs and cats do not carewho saves them – – they just want someone to step up.

Kay Stout, Executive Director – PAASVinita  – – e:  [email protected]  918-256-7227

Get involved to make a difference.

posted June 18th, 2015 by
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by Kay Stout, Executive Director – – PAASVinita

Every day we receive calls from concerned citizens about neglected, abused, unwanted, homeless animals.  Here’s how you – – you reading this – – can help.

First, contact your local police/sheriff so you know the law for your area.  Then, follow it.  If it’s the water department, the police department, the sheriff’s office – – wherever it is – – just DO IT!!!


Once you’ve made the complaint, then the authorities can investigate.  Rescue organizations want to help, immediately, but we shouldn’t.  It’s against the law and not worth risking our entire rescue operation.  We sometimes lose sight of the fact that we can’t save all of them, but the reality is we can’t.  We can, however, save more if you – the concerned citizen and animal lover – – do your part to help us begin the rescue process for those animals who have no voice and need someone to step up and help them.


Remember – it starts with you – you doing the right thing. And, as always, it really starts with fewer puppies and kittens – – which means Spay/Neuter – – it’s the right thing to do.