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My Animal Rescue Wish List For NE Oklahoma

posted September 12th, 2018 by
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When it comes to homeless/unwanted dogs and cats – I have a wish list.

It’s doable – it really is.

Wish #1: All pet owners have access to affordable spay/neuter for their pets.

The keyword is All.

The second keyword is Affordable.

We’ve seen the positive results with Pets for Life in the 74301 zip code area.

Wish #2: There are emergency options when an animal has been injured, is in extreme pain or severely malnourished.

At the moment there is no 24-hour emergency number you can call.

If you go online and type in emergency veterinary clinics within 50 miles – you find:

For all animal emergency clinics/hospitals – you will have to pay for the service.

Wish #3: Rescues and shelters support each other – even if they disagree on the mission, focus area, services provided, adoption procedures, etc. etc. etc.

There are more than 100 churches within a 30 miles radius of Vinita – and there are at least 100 different opinions on what constitutes a good rescue.

If you save dogs and cats – you are part of the solution – and can be part of the problem if it’s difficult for you to work with other rescues and shelters.

Wish #4: Adoption is a viable option for all the rescues in northeast Oklahoma.

At the current time, adoption is a minor, very minor, option because there are too many homeless/unwanted dogs and cats in this area.

And yes, there are some states where there are too few homeless/unwanted dogs and cats – – but Oklahoma is not one of them.


For all the dogs and cats we’ve all saved and found new homes – — YEA!!!!

We just know we can do better and we’re trying – – all of us.

Animal Rescue Wish List


Looking for Love in All the Right Places

posted June 5th, 2012 by
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Partnering for Pets

GLSF Looking for LFH

(Good Looking Single Female looking for Loving Forever Home)

Look at this Face! Look at this Body! Look at this Underbite! I mean, really, I’ve been working the crowd at adoption events for about 4+ weeks now and I still haven’t found my forever home! What is up with that?

My name is Bethany (after the surfer girl, Bethany Hamilton) and I’m about 5 years old. I’m a young 5 and I still like to play with toys. I’m a mix between a Mini Australian Shepherd and a Dachshund.

I live at the most fabulous foster home ever…

but I need to have my very own last name, and my very own family.

I’m housetrained (that is what the humans call it), I get along with kids, old people, sorta old people, dogs, cats, even birds!

If you want to go for a ride, I’ll sit right beside you and won’t say a word, or even let out a peep. If you sit down, I’ll be right in your lap. I don’t wiggle or squirm, I just sit with you. Fair warning…I will probably fall asleep. If you get up…I’ll follow you to make sure everything is all right.

Really, I hate to admit it…OK, I’m going to say it…I’m pretty much PERFECT!

So, if you know anyone that is looking for a good looking, single female and they don’t mind a little underbite, send them my way!

Just so you don’t miss my next appearance, my human and I

will be at Rock and Rescue Saturday June 9th,

Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks from 10am to 2pm.

Just look for the cute dog, workin’ the crowd, tail wagging, with the underbite…that’s me!!! 

Ginger’s Rescue. One family’s pet adoption story

posted May 15th, 2012 by
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by Brenda Hughes

Photos by Donna Fessler

LOVE MAY COME in many shapes and sizes, but for Mary and Bill Smith, it came in a pint-sized bundle of red fur. The look of love and pride on Mary’s face is evident as she talks about Gin­ger, the red Pomeranian, she and Bill rescued from the Owasso Animal Shel­ter. “It is interesting to look back at the picture of her at the shelter and [then look at her] now. She does not even look like the same dog,” she says.

Their story began over 10 years ago when the couple met in a book store. “I went in to buy a book and bought a wife instead,” Bill says with a grin. “We started talking and kept talking and had dinner that night,” says Mary.

A retired auto reconstruction ser­vice lead investigator for 12 years, Bill did causative analysis on motor vehicle accidents for attorneys and insurance companies. Prior to that, he spent 30-plus years as a police officer, the last 16 of which he was the lead major in­cident coordinator investigator for the Dallas County Sherriff’s Department. A job transfer by the Corp of Engineers for Mary brought the Dallas transplants to Tulsa. Luckily, for Ginger, the red Po­meranian, after just six months in Tulsa, they relocated a few miles down I-169 to Owasso.

One day, a coworker of Mary’s from the Galveston Corp of Engineers sent her an email saying he was going to buy a Schnauzer. He had contacted his local Schnauzer rescue but several broken appointments later had decided just to buy a Schnauzer. Mary told him to try the local kill shelters—in light of the economy a lot of people aren’t able to keep their dearly beloved pets and are being forced to surrender them to shelters.

“I told him to let me look,” Mary says. “Now, because of the Internet, there are so many shelters that have pictures on­line. I said let me see what Owasso has, and I saw Ginger’s picture. I told Bill, ‘Let’s go look at her.’ Ginger had been found wandering around an apartment complex with no collar, tags or micro­chip. Someone had called the Owasso Animal Control, who could not find anyone to whom she belonged, so they took her to the shelter.

“One day away from being eutha­nized, she went home with us that night. She was overweight and her teeth badly needed cleaning. We have been gradually reducing her food and had her teeth cleaned, and we started integrating her into the household. Ini­tially, the shelter said she was house broken, but we had housebreaking is­sues.”

Despite being rough around the edg­es, Ginger etched her place into the Smiths’ hearts and household, and they continue to work on her weak points. “Ginger is personable and loves every­one, but she had behavior issues that really needed to be taken care of,” Mary says. “The behaviors we sought training for were house breaking, jumping, and we wanted her to have [a grasp on] ba­sic obedience. She would pick up her food and take it off to eat it a piece at a time, over and over. She would get frightened when her tags hit the bowl and quit eating and would have to gather up courage to go back and eat some more.”

Clearly frightened and unsure, Ginger needed to be retrained, or more appro­priately, to be trained for the first time by someone kind and trustworthy. “That’s where I began seeking where and how we could get her training,” Mary says. “I wanted her trained in a proper method, not somewhere where someone would shock her and do terrible things to her. I was concerned about that. That’s how I came across Miss Brenda (Dog Training with Brenda).

“Before training, she was like a kid on the street that hadn’t been to West Point yet. After she got out of train­ing and came home, she’s like a young woman that just graduated from West Point. That’s the only way I know how to say it.”

But Ginger isn’t the first pooch to re­ceive a second chance from the Smiths. No strangers to rescue, they have pro­vided foster care for Schnauzers and American Eskimo dogs. Bill and Mary’s other dog Zoë, an American Eskimo dog, was rescued from the Austin area. Bill learned she had been purchased from a breeder as a gift for a teenage girl. The girl had her for two years be­fore going away to college. The girl’s mother took Zoë to a kill shelter in Aus­tin where Zoë was saved by the local American Eskimo Rescue.

Certainly earning her keep, Zoë as­sists Bill with his hearing problem—he doesn’t hear doorbells, phones and some tonal qualities of people’s voices. “She realized I do not hear them, and she goes on alert,” he says. “We were staying in a hotel in Galveston when the fire alarm went off, and I didn‘t hear it. She insisted I respond to something, so I picked her up and went to the front desk. The hotel was testing it, but they didn’t notify anybody that they were.” Needless to say, as Bill’s service dog, Zoë is his constant companion.

Bill and Mary are just one positive example of how rescue can change the lives of deserving dogs. Their advice to someone looking for a pet is to give rescue a chance because “if you have patience, you can probably find what you want in rescue.” But, Mary cau­tions, make sure you are fully prepared to take on a life and care for it. “It is not a day commitment; it is a thorough commitment,” she says. “If not, maybe they can volunteer at a shelter walking dogs or something like that because volunteers are always needed.”

As for Bill’s opinion on the subject: “Try it; it works!” he says with his in­domitable grin.