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OAA offers Reward

posted November 19th, 2013 by
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Oklahoma Alliance for Animals (OAA) is offering $2,500.00

for the arrest and conviction of animal cruelty for Spaz

Following news broke:

BLANCHARD, Okla. – Police are searching for whoever is responsible for targeting a one-year-old dog with a bow and arrow. Erin Dodson came home Monday afternoon to find her pit bull “Spaz” shot full of arrows, the target of animal cruelty. “He wasn’t crying, he wasn’t nothing.” Dodson said. “He just looked at me and he was so, such sad eyes.” Her children couldn’t believe someone would do that to their pets. “No, there’s no way nobody could be that cruel and shoot my dog with a bow and arrow.” Her 13-year-old son, Joey, said. Dodson called police then rushed Spaz to Animal Emergency Center for surgery. Dr. Joe Bills Reynolds pulled three arrows out of Spaz. He has treated many injuries where dogs were accidentally shot, but to see one deliberately targeted like this is disturbing. ‘This is someone’s pet, someone’s kid.” He said. “You know, they just don’t need to be doing that kind of thing. It’s really sad.” Reynolds says Spaz is an incredibly lucky dog. A few inches one way or the other and it would have killed him. “I’m very, very fortunate that these were practice arrows and not the arrows that are more razor-tipped. They would have caused a tremendous amount of more damage to the dog.” For now, Spaz is limping his way to recovery. Doctors say if all goes well, Spaz should be going home Wednesday. Police do not have any suspects so far. If you know anything, call police. The surgery to save Spaz’s life cost about $3000. If you want to help the family with their medical bills, call Animal Emergency Care at

(405)-361-7828 or Erin Dodson at (405)-246-5053.

(Tulsa, OK, November 14, 2013) — Anyone who has information on this crime needs to call the McClain County Sheriff’s office at 405-527-2141. OAA has set up a reward of $2,500.00 for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator who committed this crime. This reward is funded by generous donors of OAA. If you would like to add to our cruelty fund you can donate at

The OAA animal anti-Cruelty program provides extra incentive to help support convictions of animal cruelty cases across the state of Oklahoma. This is done by putting up reward money for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the perpetrator (s), keeping the public informed on court dates of current animal cruelty cases and by providing law enforcement with necropsies and resources, if needed to build a case.

About OAA: OAA’s mission: Oklahoma Alliance for Animals is dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation, encouraging responsible pet ownership and promoting the humane treatment of animals through community collaboration and education. OAA’s vision: To transform Oklahoma communities into places where all animals are treated humanely and no healthy, adoptable dog or cat is destroyed merely because it does not have a home.

Creek County Fires!

posted August 6th, 2012 by
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Mannford Fires

The Oklahoma Alliance for Animals has created a Facebook page to serve as a central communications point to post information about the displaced pets in the recent Oklahoma fires.  To access this page, please go to: .  Thank you to the OAA for helping in the face of this local tragedy.

Get a free tag for your pet this weekend

posted April 4th, 2012 by
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Tag Day

If your pet’s tag doesn’t have current info or if he just plain doesn’t have one at all, you no longer have an excuse.

Tag Day

My dog Yoda sports his collection of tags: traditional, microchip and rabies.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, Tag Day is this Saturday, April 7. Families can receive one free tag and purchase additional tags for only $5.

Making sure your pet wears a tag with your current phone number on it is one of the best ways to guarantee his return should he ever go wandering.

Microchipping is great, too, but a good old fashioned tag doesn’t require a fancy machine to get the information.

Most likely the person who finds your dog will not have a microchip scanner on hand. How much easier is it to just read your phone number off of a tag?

If you can afford it, using both methods is ideal. Collars and tags sometimes come off, but a microchip is forever.

You can get more information on Tag Day, including participating agencies and locations at

– Lauren Cavagnolo


posted February 24th, 2012 by
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Local Citizens Urged to Spay and Neuter Their Pets


WHAT:                 In honor of World Spay Day, an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, the City of Tulsa and Oklahoma Alliance for Animals will host a press conference, shelter tour and spay/neuter surgery demonstration to promote spay/neuter as a humane and effective means of reducing the number of animals who are put down in shelters each year.


WHO:                  Oklahoma Alliance for Animals is committed to reducing pet overpopulation in Oklahoma and for the 8th consecutive year partnered with Spay Oklahoma during their February Hip to Snip campaign to subsidize high quality, low cost services to needy families in the Tulsa area. The City of Tulsa, recognizing the need to promote spay/neuter as an effective means of population control, recently launched its “Paws & Think” campaign, urging citizens to stop and think about the consequences of irresponsible breeding and accidental litters. Together, these organizations wish to draw attention to the importance of spay/neuter and the resources available to pet owners on World Spay Day 2012.


WHEN:                 Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 2:00 pm


WHERE:              Tulsa Animal Welfare   3031 N. Erie Avenue, Tulsa, OK

Tulsa Animal Welfare is located just north of Apache on Erie Avenue between Sheridan and Yale. Overflow parking is available along Erie Avenue.


WHY:                    Between six and eight million cats and dogs enter our nation’s shelter system each year. In 2011, over 11,000 animals entered Tulsa Animal Welfare, the city’s municipal open admission shelter. Shelters can’t save and support this enormous volume of accidental litters, owner surrenders, strays and offspring of family pets. As a result, an estimated four million pets were euthanized nationally and 7,500 locally. Spaying and neutering is the most effective way to reduce the number of animals entering shelters and consequently save animals’ lives.


VISUALS:             Members of the media will be invited to observe a spay/neuter surgery and take a tour of the shelter following the mayor’s press conference.

CONTACT:           Shelli Holland-Handy

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals


[email protected]

Its Hip to Snip

posted February 8th, 2012 by
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by Stacy Pettit

As you walk through the aisles at the Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter, you are sure to find dozens of eager and loving eyes watching from inside the cages. The sad reality is these dogs and cats housed in the cages will most likely never live to see a real home again outside the shelter. In fact, only about 35 percent of the animals in the shelter are reclaimed by owners, rescued by no-kill organizations or adopted. The rest, eager and ready for a family, will know those cages to be their last homes.

Not having a family or loved one to go home to should not be a death sentence, but with pet overpopulation a major issue in the state, a number of homeless dogs and cats are euthanized to make room for more unwanted animals.

To eliminate the problem of pet overpopulation in the state, Spay Oklahoma is partnering with the Oklahoma Animal Alliance for the “It’s Hip to Snip” campaign. For this month-long campaign, the organizations hope to raise awareness about the role spaying and neutering has on alleviating the pet overpopulation problem.  Throughout the month of February, Spay Oklahoma will provide spay and neuter surgeries to qualified low-income families at a reduced cost. And to help reduce the cost of these surgeries, the OAA is providing more than $15,000 in spay/neuter surgery subsidies to ensure cost is not a barrier to low income pet owners.

The campaign, now in its eighth year, has been a success in the past. Last year alone, the campaign resulted in more than 1,500 animals being sterilized in February. But the two groups have set a higher goal this year with hopes of carrying out 1,650 surgeries in February.

Even if your pet has already been snipped, you can still get involved by making a donation to the “Chip In for Snippin’” fund in Tulsa at Pooches, Dog Dish, Camp Bow Wow, Tailwaggers Pet Supply, and Noah’s Bed & Biscuit in Kiefer.

If you would like to learn more about the reduced cost of surgeries and qualification criteria, call Spay Oklahoma at 918-728-3144 for the North Tulsa Clinic, 918-970-4222 for the Bixby Clinic, or visit To learn more about the “It’s Hip to Snip” campaign, visit or call 918-742-3700.

TAW Holiday Supply Drive

posted December 3rd, 2011 by
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by Stacy Pettit

December is here, and with that comes the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. But while you are out finding a tasty treat to stuff in Fido or Mitten’s stocking, don’t forget about those four-legged friends who won’t be receiving gifts from any adopted family this year. In fact, many dogs and cats will continue to remain homeless and alone on the very holiday that reminds us that being home with a loving family is truly what warms the heart.

That’s why the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals is sponsoring a drive for Tulsa’s local animal shelter. The City of Tulsa Animal Welfare will be taking donations this winter season to keep the homeless animals at the shelter comfortable. Donations can be taken directly to the shelter at 3031 N. Erie Ave. Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m.

to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Some items that would bring warmth to these animals include:

For Dogs:

.     Small or medium washable dog beds

.     Large wire crates

.     Rawhide chew strips

.     Soft treats

.     New or gently used soft dog toys to comfort sick puppies

For Cats:

.     Cardboard cat scratching posts (check out

.     Soft cat treats

.     Plastic toys

.     Fur mice toys

The shelter is also in need of gift cards to Petsmart, Southern Agriculture, Petco, Target, Walgreen’s and Wal-Mart so that volunteers can buy supplies throughout the year ahead. Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks should be made out to “TAW Holiday Supply Drive.”

This holiday season, take a moment to reach out a loving hand for those who are struggling, including those furrier individuals.

Welcoming a new pet into your home may not be an option, but you can still share some comfort and cheer through these donations. And if a friend or family member has carefully thought about the adoption process and is looking for a new family member, remind them of all the loving animals at the shelter looking for a forever home. They would like nothing more than being home for Christmas.