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Donate to OAA for chance to win $250 in Rustic Cuffs

posted January 26th, 2016 by
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Rustic Cuff fans will not want to pass on this opportunity. For every $10 donated to Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, you will have the chance to win a $250 gift card to Rustic Cuff.

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Above, Lilly Belle shows off her Rustic Cuff loot!

Contributions will help OAA in its mission to combat pet overpopulation. OAA’s programs promote pet adoption from state shelters and rescues, provide low cost spay and neuter surgeries and provide educational outreach promoting responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of animals.

The “Cuffs for Canines and Kitty’s too” promotion is running now through midnight Jan. 31.

To enter, visit to www.animalallianceok.org/donate and select “Cuffs for Canines and Kitty’s too” under designation.

–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]

Whose problem is it anyway?

posted August 26th, 2014 by
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The above meme recently popped up in my Facebook newsfeed. And while I agree with the heart of what this is getting at, I feel the way it is phrased puts all of the responsibility on shelters and none on pet owners and citizens of the community.

It is absolutely sad that perfectly good animals are put down everyday. But what would happen if Tulsa Animal Welfare and other shelters that euthanize suddenly stopped this practice?

There is only a finite amount of space at TAW. To fill it with homeless animals beyond capacity would be inhumane. There is also only a finite amount of money in our city’s budget to care for these animals. Pet food, cat litter and staff to care for them adds up quickly.

So for a shelter to cease its practice of humane euthanasia, it would have to cap the number of animals it could accept and would have to turn animals away. This is a common reality for most no-kill rescue groups. Space is limited and there are only so many willing to foster pets.

So then what would happen? Would people just stop surrendering their pets because all of the shelters are full? Maybe.

Or maybe they would dump them somewhere, turning them out on the street. Is death by starvation or being run over by a car really a better alternative to humane euthanasia?

It’s tragic that as a community, we put down so many innocent animals. It’s also tragic that as a community, we are ok with pointing fingers at the shelter.

It is time to start focusing on WHY we have such an overpopulation of pets in our area. Holding pet owners accountable for spaying and neutering their pets would be a good place to start.

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Stuff the van with OAA

posted December 13th, 2013 by
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Oklahoma Alliance for Animals is hosting a holiday open house and kicking off their Stuff the Van drive this Sunday.

Stop by any time between 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday at OAA’s office, 1822 E. 15th St., Suite B. Pets are welcome and treats will be on hand for all.

Help stuff the van with food, toys and supplies for the dogs and cats at Tulsa Animal Welfare this holiday season.

Donations will continue to be accepted through Friday, Dec. 20. Bring your donations to OAA’s office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Check back at the Facebook event page for TAW’s wish list, coming soon.

Donations will also be accepted online at animalallianceok.org.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]