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Thank you, Tulsa!

posted February 4th, 2016 by
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Thank you so much for sharing pictures of your pets with me! I was completely blown away to receive almost 250 photos between email and Facebook!

When I asked people to send me photos of their beloved pets in honor of my little Boston, Yoda, who recently passed, I hoped to reach 100 pictures. The plan was to donate $1 to Tulsa Animal Welfare for each photo received and my goal was to send a $100 check. I will instead be sending TAW a $250 check. Thank you Tulsa pet lovers for helping me honor my little buddy and for helping other animals who haven’t found their forever home yet.

There were pictures of big dogs and little dogs, cats of every color, a couple of bunnies, some feathered friends and even a snake! Many were from Tulsa Animal Welfare or another local rescue shelter. Some have already passed on and some are still here with us. And all of them are very clearly loved! Be sure to check out all of the amazing pet photos in the gallery here.

IMG_8092This also seems like a great time to announce the newest addition to our family, Miss Penny Lane. Our family is still very much mourning the loss of Yoda, but with so many animals in shelters and rescues and with the available space in our home, we knew this was the right decision. And when Spock met Penny Lane, we knew it was meant to be. They have become fast friends who have so much in common: snuggling, playing ball, stealing snacks from the human kids and chasing cats.

We have affectionately nicknamed her Grumpy Girl, because, well she looks a little grumpy most of the time. But we have managed to catch a few smiles, like in this picture.

Thank you again for your support and give all of your furbabies a hug from me!

–Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

 

Girl honored for donation to Glenpool shelter

posted August 17th, 2015 by
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Katrina Stevens was presented with a Community Service Award at tonight’s Glenpool City Council meeting by Mayor Tim Fox.

The recently turned 11-year-old used her birthday party as an opportunity to raise funds for the Glenpool Animal Shelter. Between 100 and 150 people turned out to celebrate with Katrina and raised a total of $1,402.65, almost triple Katrina’s goal of $500.

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Katrina Stevens (center) and some party guests. Photo by Christopher Eastman

Tony Minert of Minert and Associates provided a donation match of $500 and Harper’s Hut Shaved Ice stand donated $80 in proceeds from their sales for the duration of the party, contributing to the grand total. Many other local businesses contributed raffle items, baked goods and more.

“I’m in awe of the outpouring of support,” said Katrina’s mother Kristen Jeffrey-Stevens “There were so many people there and the Mayor of Glenpool Tim Fox came out. He shook Katrina’s hand and told her what a wonderful young lady she is. She got a kick out of that, she thought that was neat.” 

In an email prior to tonight’s city council meeting, Fox described Katrina as an exceptional young lady.

You can see her love for animals, in not only the way she carried out her event for the Glenpool Animal Shelter, but by her actions,” Fox wrote. “It is unusual for an 11 year old, to be that aware of her surroundings, to the point of identifying a problem, but then to have the maturity to act on it and be part of the solution.

“It is children like Katrina that should give the rest of us hope for the future, she is an exceptional child.”

Michelle Stonecypher, Glenpool’s Animal Control Officer, was also impressed by Katrina.

“Katrina is a very kind and thoughtful girl with a very big heart,” Stonecypher said via FaceBook. “This world would be a much better place if there were more selfless people like Katrina. I’m extremely impressed with what she was able to accomplish. She had the whole community supporting her.”

In addition to monetary donations, party guests arrived with supplies for the shelter.

“There were bags and bags of food and treats and toys and bowls, just an amazing amount of donations,” Jeffrey-Stevens said.

Two shelter dogs also found new families at the party and another dog was sent to a rescue group, freeing up space at the shelter.

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The Smooch a Pooch booth. Photo by Christopher Eastman

With the monetary donation, the shelter was able to pay an outstanding veterinary bill and still have money left for supplies.

Katrina’s mom has since helped her start her own FaceBook page called Save the Animals and she is already planning next year’s event to be even bigger and better.

“She was so excited, said Jeffrey-Stevens. “She was just over the top and thrilled with everybody that came out and she had fun mingling with everybody and visiting.”

We can’t wait to see what you come up with next year, Katrina!

– Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Girl’s birthday bash to benefit Glenpool shelter

posted August 7th, 2015 by
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A little girl in Glenpool has decided to use her birthday party this year to benefit the shelter animals in her hometown.2015-08-07 01.10.53

Katrina and her mother Kristen Jeffrey-Stevens have extended an open invitation to the big birthday bash this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Black Gold Park in Glenpool. Guests are encouraged to bring a donation for the Glenpool Animal Shelter.

“Katrina is an amazing little girl who has a huge heart for animals,” said Jeffrey-Stevens via email. “She has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was four.”

According to her mom, Katrina loves to cuddle with her animals and takes very good care of them. She even has a cat of her own, a gray tabby named Kronos. She loves to read about cats and learn facts about them.

Featured at Katrina’s birthday party will be a ‘Smooch a Pooch’ booth. Dog kisses and photos opportunities will cost just $.25. Donated prizes and goodie baskets will be raffled off with each guest receiving a raffle ticket just for attending. Additional tickets will be available for purchase for $1 or 6 tickets for $5. There will also be games, cupcakes and refreshments.

Katrina has set a goal of raising $500 and Tony Minert and Associates has offered a donation match of up to $500.

You can RSVP for the party at [email protected] Let’s help make Katrina’s birthday wishes come true and meet her goal this weekend!