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PAW LAW

posted January 25th, 2014 by
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Paw Law

The University of Tulsa

by Dani Weaver/ President, Paw Law

PAW LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA COLLEGE OF LAW is the local student division of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a national organization composed of attorneys who advocate for animal rights.

The beginning of every school year is an opportunity to gain new members and encourage interest in animal advocacy, and 2013 was no exception. In addition to attaining new members and educating ourselves and others about animal law, we participated in many volunteer and fundraising activities.

One volunteer opportunity that we are proud to be a part of is Meals 4 Paw Starz, a pet food program provided by Meals on Wheels of Tulsa and the Tulsa County 4H Paw Stars Club that provides monthly pet food donations to eligible Meals on Wheels participants.

Once a month, our students deliver an entire month’s worth of pet food to homebound elderly or disabled recipients who would otherwise be unable to provide for their cherished companions. Contributions for pet food are solicited from the Tulsa community, and Meals on Wheels volunteers prepare individual daily packets for the dogs and cats so that their owners can easily manage their feeding schedule.

It has been well documented that the human-animal bond can be a tremendous benefit in the healing process, and companion animals provide constant emotional support, especially for those who live alone.

We think this is an invaluable program for our community, and we are happy to be able to participate in it. To donate pet food to Paw Starz or to volunteer, contact Meals on Wheels at (918) 627-4103 or email [email protected] .

Each semester we choose a couple of fundraising events to sponsor, and this time we centered our events during the holidays. During our fall semester, we assisted the Tulsa SPCA with their cookbook sales. The books are comprised of over 300 recipes contributed by friends of the SPCA and are available year-round at their facility or at their mobile events.

We also held an online silent auction benefiting the Animal Alliance of Oklahoma. The auction, which was held on Facebook the week after our Thanksgiving break, was a huge success and something we hope to continue each year. Local businesses and sports teams donated various items for the auction, and all money raised from this event went towards the OAA’s spay and neuter program.

Spring of 2014 is going to be even more eventful for us. Our members will be heavily involved with the Oklahoma Humane Federation in their research and legislative efforts. OHF serves as an information hub for legislative alerts, encouragement of animal cruelty prosecution and information sharing among members of various animal advocacy groups.

By working with OHF, we hope to make a difference in the laws of our state and the way animals are treated.

We look forward to sharing our experiences this year with the TulsaPets readers, and we hope to encourage others to get involved in the many opportunities that are available to help animals in Oklahoma. Follow us on Facebook to keep up on events and opportunities by searching “Paw Law TU.”