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Social media a boon for animal charities

posted August 16th, 2013 by
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A recent study has found that animal-related causes are twice as popular on social media compared to human rights and other issues, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

While I would never want to downplay the importance of human rights, the environment, poverty, etc., this is something for animal charities to take note of.

It makes sense to me. A lot of people look to the internet and social media for more lighthearted fare… I’m forever seeing adorable kitten videos in my Facebook feed. So issues that relate generate more attention, according to the article.

And animal charities should be using that to their advantage.

I have found that most of our area rescues and shelters are quite active on Facebook and I hope that it is making a difference. For those that haven’t made social media a priority for their group, I hope they are paying attention.

Websites like Kickstarter offer a new avenue for fundraising and Facebook and Twitter can help spread the word quickly.

So put yourselves out there and let’s continue to give a voice and online presence to our furry friends.

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Want to help? Here’s how.

posted May 22nd, 2013 by
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If you’re on any form of social media, then you have recently been bombarded with a variety of ways to help the survivors, furry ones included, of the recent tornado in Moore.

And if you are as scatterbrained as me, then you still are not really sure where to start or how to go back and find who posted what.

So, to the best of my ability, I am combining all of the ways to help the furry family members of Moore. If I have missed anyone, please feel free to leave the info in the comment sections below.

And a huge thank you to all of the Tulsa-area organizations who have stepped up to help!

Drop off locations in the Tulsa area:

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, along with the Tulsa SPCA, is in contact with Central Oklahoma Humane Society and other organizations taking in animals rescued from Moore and central Oklahoma. OAA will be collecting food and supplies at the following times and locations:

OAA office
1822 E. 15th Street, Suite B.
(918) 742-3700
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 22-24

Tulsa SPCA
2910 Mohawk Blvd
10 a.m. and 6 p.m., open on Saturdays

Pooches
5331 E. 41st
7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Dog Dish
6502 E. 51st St
(918) 742-9274
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

GuRuStu
628 E. 3rd St.
(918) 582-1881
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Posh Pup Pet Boutique
8263 S. Harvard
(918) 935-3990
8 a.m. to 3 p.m

Hammond Animal Hospital
2301 E. 71st St.
(918) 494-0151
7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Southern Agriculture
All 8 locations are accepting donations during normal business hours. 

26th & Harvard, Hours:  9-8 Mon-Sat, 11-5 Sun
71st & Sheridan, Hours:  8-8 Mon-Sat, 10-6 Sun
32nd & Mingo, Hours:  9-6 Mon-Sat, Closed Sun
78th & Hwy 75 South (Tulsa Hills), Hours:  9-7 Mon-Sat, 11-5 Sun
91st & Delaware, Hours:  9-6 Mon-Sat, Closed Sun
92nd St N & Hwy 169 (Owasso), Hours:  9-7 Mon-Sat, 11-5 Sun
90th & Elm (Broken Arrow), Hours:  9-7 Mon-Sat, 11-5 Sun
71st & Lynn Lane (Broken Arrow), Hours:  9-7 Mon-Sat, 11-5 Sun

Requested items include dog and cat food (dry and canned), cat litter, plastic or metal bowls, duct tape to label kennels, tab band collars, bleach, pet beds, blankets, towels, paper towels, hand sanitizer, people snacks for the caretakers (granola bars, non-perishable snack items).

Sloppy Dog Wash has partnered with Epic’s Pit Bull Rescue and is taking donation for the pets of Moore.

Donations will be accepted until Friday, May 24. Saturday, Epic’s Pit Bull Rescue will be taking the donations to Moore.

Requested items include bowls, cat food, dog food, bottled water, bleach, leashes, collars, crates, towels, blankets.

Drop off is available at both Sloppy Dog locations:
4316 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa
732 W. New Orleans St. Suite 140, Broken Arrow
(918) 742-9274

Small Animal Hospital of Owasso is collecting donations such as usable dog crates, pet bowls, pet food, cat litter & boxes, blankets, leashes, and more to go to Moore and Shawnee. You may drop them off at the front desk and they will get your donation to the pets in need. They will also deliver financial donations.

12500 E. 86th St. N Ste. 105, Owasso
(918) 274-8387

The Humane Society of Tulsa is in direct contact with Moore Animal Welfare and the Response Team on site at the Temporary Emergency Animal Shelter located at Home Depot in Moore, OK. We have offered the assistance of MACO, our 33′ Mobile RV Unit, as well as Supplies, Staff Veterinarian and Volunteers.

All basic pet care supplies are being collected for displaced pets and for distribution to families with pets affected by the Tornadoes.

Humane Society of Tulsa Adoption Center
(918) 495-3647
6232 E. 60th Street

Online:

Animal Resource Center
http://fundly.com/moore-oklahoma-tornado-displaced-pet-relief-fund

Central Oklahoma Humane Society
http;//www.okhumane.org
Click on the donate tab and specify your donation is for tornado relief

Oklahoma City Animal Shelter
http://www.okc.gov/animalwelfare/

Moore Animal Services
http://www.cityofmoore.com/aniaml-welfare-faq

The Humane Society of Tulsa
http://www.tulsapets.com

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals
https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1438461
Please designate that the donation is for tornado relief

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Fun video: Puppy Bowl IX

posted January 30th, 2013 by
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Every year, I look forward to Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl and apparently, I’m not the only one. Last year’s game had 8.7 million viewers. Check out this year’s line up and watch a preview.

Be sure to tune into the game on Sunday at 2 p.m. on Animal Planet. You can get more info at AnimalPlanet.com.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Fun video: Pug climbs stairs

posted January 15th, 2013 by
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What could possibly be so adorable about a pug climbing stairs? Check out the video for yourself!

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Is the Tulsa City Council reading my blog?

posted January 14th, 2013 by
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Probably not, but it’s a nice thought. Either way, it seems the council and I have a similar item on our agendas for 2013.

This past week, an adoptable pet from Tulsa Animal Welfare was featured at the city council’s regular meeting, according to newson6.com. The council will continue to have furry guests of honor at the first meeting of each month.

A successful program in other towns, the hope is that the promotion will help more homeless animals get adopted.

This is a great step in bringing more awareness to Tulsa’s pet overpopulation problem. I love that it gets the faces of homeless animals in front of the community at large.

A lot of times, it feels as though the pet community is preaching to the choir.

I see the same faces at pet adoption fairs and the same volunteers showing off adoptable pets around town. Their passion is amazing, but we need more of the community to pay attention.

Responsible pet owners are already aware of all of the animals who need homes, but are oftentimes at max capacity on how many animals they can care for (like myself!).

The City Council’s initiative puts the problem in front of the community in an unexpected forum  and will hopefully reach people who may not have as much awareness of the pet overpopulation problem that Tulsa faces.

I am excited to see this program progress and start producing results!

Read more about the initiative here.

Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Animal Emergency Center donates services to wildfire victims

posted August 22nd, 2012 by
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It all started with a Facebook post.

On Aug. 4, Dr. Troy McNamara, medical director of Animal Emergency Center, Inc., posted the following to the clinic’s Facebook page:

“We are all praying for all the people and animals affected by these fires. We are an ER center and don’t have room for a lot of boarding, but we will help anyway that we can if people need to bring their pets somewhere to get them safe while making arrangements. We are also taking gatorade and water to the fire stations, if anyone would like to donate they can bring to AEC and we will transport. Thank you!!”

The next day, the clinic was housing 12 animals displaced by the wildfires in Creek County.

“They were healthy animals, people just had to find a place to stay so they brought their animals by here and we boarded them,” McNamara said. “Ten were able to go home the next day.”

But McNamara and his staff’s assistance and generosity didn’t stop there.

“As fire officials started letting people go back to their homes, that’s when things started getting ugly,” McNamara said. “That’s when people were going back and finding animals [that had been] burned.”

At that point, the clinic joined forces with Oklahoma Alliance for Animals and they started directing displaced and injured animals to the Animal Emergency Center.

“OAA has been really good about giving financial assistance to these people’s animals and their health care. It’s been amazing what they have allowed us to do,” McNamara said.

McNamara says the worst case so far is a dog named Gracie who is still in his care.

“Nobody knows anything of her,” McNamara said. “She is such a sweet gal.”

Gracie, who is pictured above, is expected to make a full recovery though she still has some hurdles to overcome.

“With her cough and smoke inhalation, she is doing extremely well there, so I think she is going to make a full recovery health-wise,” McNamara said. “Whether or not her hair grows back or she requires skin grafting, secondary bacterial infections of the skin, all of that stuff that she is still wide open for, we don’t know yet.”

In addition to the burns on her face, half of both of her ears were burned off.

When her wounds are healed enough, Gracie will be able to go to her foster home, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

Among the animals housed by the clinic are a mama cat who was burned trying to save her kittens and a couple of German Shepherds from the German Shepherd rescue group, which lost their facility to the fire.

In all, more than 30 animals have been treated or housed at the Animal Emergency Center and all of their services have been donated.

To learn more about Animal Emergency Center, Inc., visit their website or Facebook page

Donations are still being collected and can be brought or sent to :

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals/Emergency Fire Relief

1822 East 15th Street, Suite B, Tulsa, OK 74105

Get more information about Oklahoma Alliance for Animals here.

- Lauren Cavagnolo