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8th Annual Woofstock & Million Mutt March

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8th Annual Woofstock to include the “Million Mutt March”, a special walk for animal lovers to raise money to help stomp out animal cruelty, set for Saturday, Sept. 14 at Jenks Riverwalk


(Jenks) The 8th annual Woofstock event is set for Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Jenks Riverwalk Crossing, 10 am to 2 pm.
One of Oklahoma’s largest pet adoption events, Woofstock features a variety of activities for people and pets, booths of pet-related businesses, and fun activities. The event brings together area rescues and pet-related businesses for a fun-filled day of peace, love, and pets. The event is hosted by the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals (OAA) along with 98.5 KVOO, 106.9 KHITS, Big Country 99.5, 1170 KFAQ, and 92.9 BOB FM. Admission is free.
“Woofstock is an opportunity for prospective pet owners to meet area rescues and hundreds of potential candidates in one location,” said Jamee Suarez, president of OAA. “Whether you are looking for a one-of-a-kind mix, a particular breed or even a cat, Woofstock is a chance to learn which pet is right for you. It’s an opportunity for homeless pets to find loving, forever homes.”


This year’s event will be kicked-off by OAA’s, Million Mutt March, a short walk to stomp out animal cruelty. Funds from the walk will be used for OAA’s efforts in fighting animal cruelty in Oklahoma. Pledge forms can be printed off www.woofstockok.org
There will be pet contests, pet-related vendors, over 15 area rescue groups, and Radar the Weather Dog from News on 6.
Pet-related businesses attending include veterinarians, trainers, retail businesses, groomers and doggie day care. Pet and rescue groups attending include Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue, Epic’s Pit Bull Rescue, Lab Rescue OK, Inc., German Shepherd Rescue of Tulsa, Horizon Animal Heroes Association, GI Wishes/A Pet for a Vet, Tulsa Animal Welfare, Chouteau Pound Pals, TX & OK German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue, Okmulgee Humane Society and Mutty Paws.
Adopted pets receive a free micro-chip and ID tag. Pets attending the event can receive $20 micro chipping and $5 ID tags from OAA. Animal communicator Pam Case will be on hand to help people communicate with animals here or that have passed on as well as helping people with lost pets.
The event’s title sponsor is Animal Emergency Center and supporting sponsors are Marina Animal Clinic and Companions Forever.8th Annual Woofstock

Blazes Equine Rescue

posted August 21st, 2013 by
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This is the latest newsletter from Blazes Equine Rescue

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
17667 Markita Dr.  Jones, OK  73049
(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267
[email protected] www.blazesequinerescue.com
Federal I.D. 43-2024364

 

July 23, 2013

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses.  We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability.  We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses.  Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases.  We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases.  We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.

 
Rescues:

 

It has been an extremely busy year.  Hard to believe the last time that I was able to sit down and put together a newsletter was in February.  So much as happened since then, but we will try to get everyone brought up to date. 

 

So far this year, we have rescued 145 horses.  That is more than we rescued the entire year of 2012.  On April 06, 2013, we assisted Seminole County Sheriff’s Office with the Seizure of 64 horses and 3 Llama’s.  One week later on April 11, 2013, we assisted Garvin County Sheriff’s Office with the seizure of 22 horses.  We also assisted Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division with several horses this year and just recently the City of Edmond with a seizure of 11 horses.  We are currently caring for 124 horses.  Thankfully, we have been blessed with many wonderful adoptions this year, but as you know, we still need to adopt out many other wonderful horses. 

 

With so many horses coming into our program, please consider making a donation to assist us with these beautiful horses daily care.  Blaze’s Equine Rescue always makes themselves readily available to cruelty cases worked by the Sheriff’s Department.  This year has been a bit overwhelming, but because of you, we are able to assist with these large seizures.  Thank you for your continued support. 

 
Please take a look at some of our recent rescues that request your assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gal came into our rescue program on July 20, 2013.  Gal came from the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division.  Gal is a Beautiful, Bay, Appaloosa, Mare.  Gal is estimated to be 20 years of age.  Gal is super sweet and loves attention.  She is a body score of a 1, emaciated, and infested with parasites.  This sweet girl has a long road of recovery ahead of her.  She loads in a trailer and stands for the farrier.  We will update as she progresses.   Please consider donating towards Gal’s rehabilitation.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelssys Lady came into our rescue program on July 03, 2013. Kelssys Lady came from The Edmond Animal Welfare Division along with 10 other horses as a cruelty case. Kelssys Lady is a Beautiful, Gray, Thoroughbred, Mare. Kelssys Lady is registered and her date of birth is April 24, 1996. Kelssys Lady is a body score of a 1. She is infested with internal/external parasites, has rain rot and is mildly anemic. She is super sweet, very smart and loves attention. She loads in a trailer and stands for the farrier. We will update as she progresses. Please consider making a donation towards Kelssys Lady’s Rehabilitation.

 


Wallflower & Michelle came into our rescue program on April 19, 2013. Wallflower came from the Seminole City Police Department along with 9 other horses as a severe cruelty case. We were able to assist Seminole City and save 10 horses. Wallflower is a Beautiful, Blue Roan, Quarter Horse, Mare. Wallflower is estimated to be 10 years of age. Wallflower is a body score of a 1. The day after Wallflower arrived, she foaled a beautiful little filly, Michelle. Michelle’s legs were hyper extended when she was born, but thankfully, with stall rest and time, her little legs straightened up. Both Wallflower and Michelle are doing good. Michelle is small, but has a huge heart. She is super sweet and loves attention. Wallflower is infested with internal/external parasites, has rain rot and is moderately anemic. She is super sweet and very smart. She loves attention. Wallflower loads in a trailer and stands for the farrier. Wallflower still has a long road of recovery ahead of her. She is currently giving everything to little Michelle. She will take some time to rehabilitate. We will update as she progresses. Please consider donating towards Wallflower’s Rehabilitation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jetta came into our rescue program on April 06, 2013. Jetta came from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office along with 62 other horses and 3 Llama’s as a severe cruelty case. Seminole County investigated an animal cruelty case consisting of over 120 animals, where several carcasses were found. Sadly, for many horses, help came too late. We were able to assist Seminole County and save 63 horses and 3 Llama’s from neglect. Jetta is a Beautiful, Dun/White, Paint, Mare. Jetta is estimated to be 7 years of age. Jetta is extremely emaciated with a body score of a 1. She is infested with internal/external parasites, has rain rot and is mildly anemic. She is super sweet and very smart. She loves attention and always easy to approach and catch. She loads in a trailer and stands for the farrier. Jetta has a long road of recovery ahead of her. We will update as she progresses. Please consider making a donation towards Jetta’s Rehabilitation.

 
We have so many wonderful horses in our program, and so many with needs that ask for your assistance.  From horses with lameness issues that need treated, to horses with severe fungus issues, emaciation, wounds, hernia surgeries, castrations, EPM Treatment, teeth floating, etc.,  Our horses are our top priority and it takes a lot to properly care for so many rescued horses.  Whether you make a monetary donation, adopt a horse, or simply say a prayer for Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, we truly appreciate your support.

 
Because of YOU and your heartfelt generosity, we are able to save these horses and many others from an uncertain death.  We ask for your assistance as we have so many more horses in our program that need your help.  Our average monthly expenses now total $7500.00.  If you can please help us, continue to save rescued horses, please make a donation to:

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
17667 Markita Drive
Jones, Oklahoma  73049

or you can donate on-line through paypal @
www.blazesequinerescue.com

 

We are currently caring for 124 horses in our rescue program.  We have many wonderful horses that are seeking their forever, loving homes.  I hope that you will consider adopting a rescued horse.  Whether you are able to make a donation or adopt a rescued horse, both help us tremendously. 

 

 

 

2nd Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge

 

We had a wonderful time at our 2nd Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge.  It was held on May 4th at the Lazy E Arena.  All the trainers did an amazing job with their horses and because of their hard work and dedication, all 13 horses competing was successfully adopted.  Everyone had an amazing time.  This years winner was Kelci Goad with Team Kodak. 

 

We are already gearing up for our 3rd Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge.  It will be held on April 26, 2014 at the Lazy E Arena.  For all trainers interested in competing, please look for applications to be released in September. 

 

Success Stories

 

Many of you know, our beautiful State of Oklahoma took a devastating hit with Tornado’s this year.  It was so heartbreaking and our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those that have been affected.  We know how hard it is to recover from such tragic events and we continue to pray for healing. 

 

We remember the heartache and tragedy felt for us, when one of our own was directly hit 2 years ago.  Loosing 18 horses of your own is hard and although that devastating tornado that hit 2 years ago was personal for us, we still had a hard time watching the devastation hit Moore.  Feelings of helplessness overwhelm you, as you see hundreds of horses lives lost.  Behind all that heartbreak brings us to a very special family.

 

 You never know when taking time from your day to help someone else, how it may impact their life. I can honestly say, that I never knew how much my life would be impacted. On May 21st, I received a phone call from a man who was tearfully searching for his horse after the devastating Tornado struck Moore. I wanted to help him so badly, but information was limited, but I tried to direct him where I had seen some of the survivors receiving care.  I talked to him, got a description of his horse and then I began the search of trying to locate his horse.  Sadly, We discovered that their horse didn’t survive the Tornado and he was devastated. I spoke to him twice on May 21st and my heart broke for his loss.

 

I have thought of this man several times over the last several weeks. And, to my surprise, this wonderful man and his sweet wife paid us an unexpected visit. They came over to thank me for taking the time to speak to them and help them. Although, I didn’t feel like I really did much, they assured me that I did more than I could ever imagine. I can’t even begin to state how much it meant to me to meet this family. They told us stories of their sweet Knead (Ned), who they lost in the Tornado and showed me pictures of him. I felt so many emotions meeting this wonderful couple.

 

Another week went by and once again, I was blessed to spend some time with this sweet family. Only this time, I did what I felt she needed and provided her some Equine Therapy. Davina spent several hours providing love to some of the horses. But, I think that she may have bonded with a very special horse that needs her, just as much as she needs him.  I am happy to say that Davina and Jet hit it off immediately.  We wanted to help this family, the only way we knew how.  We tried to fill that void in their hearts and I believe Jet will be able to bring back a few smiles.  Davina and Jet are doing wonderful together.  Davina felt like his name needed something more, so she has added a T.  Jett, stands for Just Enough Time To, you can fill in the blank, but it looks like Love.  No matter what you do in your day to day business. Please, always remember to take time out of your day, even for 5 minutes to help someone else. You never know what kind of impact you may have or what type of relationship you may form. 

 

Our Miracle Horse returns a favor

 

 

I’m sure many of you remember Catori and Moonstruck.  Catori was one of the horses bound for slaughter when the driver fell asleep at the wheel.  The truck careened off the road. The grisly accident left only 17 of the 30 horses on board alive.  When Catori arrived to our rescue, we discovered she was pregnant.  During the 2011 spring equinox – when the moon was closer to the earth than it had been in more than 20 years – Catori gave birth to a healthy, rambunctious foal. This miracle foal, born under the “supermoon,” was appropriately named “Moonstruck.”

 

Just 2 months later, a major F5 Tornado hit Canadian County.  Our Board Member was fostering Catori and Moonstruck, as well as, many other wonderful horses.  Their farm destroyed, leaving only 3 survivors out of 21 horses.  Once again, Catori and Moonstruck had beat the odds.

 

In May of this year, two F5 Tornados reaped through our state.  Out of the rubble in El Reno, emerged a 2 day old filly, named Twister.  Twister’s mother was killed in the tornado. Work began immediately to find a surrogate mother to care for the little foal. Several horses were evaluated, but Twister totally disregarded them.

 

At that point, The Walling family decided it would be best to foster her so that she could be close to home.  Twister’s family had lost everything, but having Twister survive brings hope to this family.

 

Twister was then introduced to Moonstruck, now two-years-old, and the two became fast friends. They shared a connection, a legacy of near-death and amazing survival that connected them in a way that touches us profoundly. It was as if Moonstruck was returning a favor, caring for a foal that had a story of survival not unlike his. 

 

And Last, but certainly not least.  Another happy tail! 

 

We are so happy for two of our former rescued horses, Jitterbug and Twitter, who have been adopted to an amazing program. The Staff and Volunteers at Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program are amazing. We are truly blessed and honored to have met this great group. We can’t wait to see Jitterbug and Twitter blossom in their program. And, we can’t wait to see this group join us next year for our 3rd Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge. Won’t it be wonderful to see Jitterbug and Twitter next year show us all the wonderful things they are doing for a great group of kids?

 

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!!  We wouldn’t be here today, without each and every one of you!!  Thank you on behalf of the entire Blaze’s Family!  So many horses would be lost without you! 

Over 1070 horses saved in the last 11 years!!

Former Sooners coach rescues Rottweiler from hot car

posted August 7th, 2013 by
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Posted on: 9:53 am, August 7, 2013, by  and updated on: 07:37pm, August 7, 2013

UPDATE: The dog referenced in the story below has already found a home. He went to a family that lost their home in the Moore tornado. On top of that it is their wedding anniversary tomorrow and their friends are presenting them a very “dog-centric” gift pack.

NORMAN, Okla. – Coach Barry Switzer has a new best friend after rescuing a dog from a hot car earlier this week.

Shanna Williams with the Canine Sports Academy in Norman said the former Sooners coach saved “Sassy,” a Rottweiler, from a hot van.

 

Switzer said he saw the dog in the vehicle, which had the windows down, but still felt bad for the pup.

He took “Sassy” from the vehicle, found the owners and bought the dog from them on the spot.

Then he took her to a vet for a complete check up.

“I told the doc. I want rabies shots, check for worms, everything,” Switzer said. “They even clipped the toenails so it was a pedicure for her. She went to the spa.”

Switzer took the Rottweiler home to meet his four-legged crew.

He is now calling the pup “Stella” while he hand-picks the new owners.

“I want some loving family who loves dogs and cares about dogs like I do to be able to have her,” Switzer said.

This little guy and Switzer’s German Shepherd, “Sieger” seem to be getting along just fine.

Woodland Hills Mall & Partnering for Pets offering $10 Microchips

posted July 11th, 2013 by
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Woodland Hills Mall is teaming up with Partnering for Pets, a not-for-profit organization that specializes in location services and in bringing together pets and forever homes, to provide $10 microchipping services from 10:30 am till 2:30 pm to support pets that have been affected by natural disasters. In addition, as part of the event, the Animal Rescue Foundation will be on-site to provide Tulsa shoppers from noon till 4:00 pm with the chance to visit and mingle with adoptable pets in need of their forever home. To view pets currently available for adoption, visit www.arftulsa.org

Nonprofits to offer free pet ID to prevent lost pets on July 4th

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More pets are lost during the July 4th Independence Day celebration than any other time of year. Savvy pet owners can make sure their pets are safe by keeping them indoors, away from fireworks, and ensuring pets have proper identification, according to Jamee Suarez-Howard, president of the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals (OAA).

On Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29, 10 am to 6 pm, the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals (OAA) is providing FREE pet ID tags and pet collars at their offices at 1822 E. 15 Street, Suite B, near 15th and Utica in Tulsa. In addition, the Humane Society of Tulsa will be offering $20 micro-chipping at their location at 6232 E. 60th Street near 61st and Sheridan in Tulsa.

“Many pets are afraid of the noise of fireworks, become disoriented, flee, and become lost,” said Gina Gardner, president of the Humane Society of Tulsa. Many arrive at animal shelters where identification and micro-chipping can help reunite them with their loving homes. Pets should never be taken to fireworks displays.

Donations are accepted and are tax-deductible.

7,700 SERVICE ANIMALS RECEIVE FREE EYE EXAMS DURING THE 6th ANNUAL ACVO/MERIAL NATIONAL SERVICE DOG EYE EXAM EVENT

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Record-Breaking Event Results Announced

Meridian, ID (June 24, 2013) – The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) today announced another consecutive year of record breaking results from the  6th Annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event.  With the help of more than 250 volunteer, board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia, more than 7,700 service and therapy animals were examined during the event.  Included in that number are 52 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Department of Defense dogs examined at Lackland Air Force Base this year. The 2013 total is far beyond the projection and goal of 6,000 participants this year.  Guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, search and rescue dogs, registered therapy animals and other service animals including horses received free sight saving exams.

“I am genuinely touched by the gratitude we have received from the participants of this year’s event. The letters and Facebook posts that have been sent to us regarding the generosity of our sponsors and ophthalmologists have been heartfelt and amazing,” said Stacee Daniel, Executive Director of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. “I am honored to work with such quality individuals and enjoy knowing that the ACVO and Merial are able to ‘help just a little’ those that are so deserving. Educating people about the importance of animal eye health has never been more rewarding.”

Tootie Tatum and her Service Dog, ‘Moose’, (photo on the left) participated this year. Tatum says, “My FEMA urban search and rescue dog, Moose, and I want to thank you for sponsoring this event. He had his exam today and got a clean bill of health. It means a great deal to all of us handlers. As you know, it’s expensive to maintain our dogs so events like this are a godsend!”

One dog owner also reported in on the exam by sending ACVO  a note written directly from their dog, Sadie (photo on the right). “Thank you for the opportunity to get my eyes checked by a specialist. It was great and we learned why my one eye runs a little, it is nothing to worry about. We were worried, so thank you!!! Here is a picture of me in the exam room snoozing while waiting for my eyes to dilate. Xoxo”

The goals of the annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event are:  to benefit individuals and society who rely on Service Dogs, strengthen referral relationships between veterinary ophthalmologists and general practice veterinarians, to gather data relative to work performance for future work recommendations and to preserve the sight of those animals who serve us selflessly.

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Its mission is “ to promote excellence in veterinary ophthalmology through advanced training, certification, research and education.” To become board certified, a candidate must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one year internship, a three year approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations.

The event is primarily sponsored by ACVO and Merial.  Other sponsors included OcuGlo Vision Supplement, Eye Care for Animals, Optigen and WelchAllyn. Several  non-profit supporters include the American Veterinary Medical Association, most state veterinary medical associations in the U.S. and Canada, American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives, and dozens of national and regional service animal organizations.

About Merial

Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs approximately 6,000 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide. Its 2012 sales were $2.8 billion (€2.2 billion). Merial is a Sanofi company. For more information, please see http://www.merial.com