PAAS is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of animal suffering and to provide a safe haven for homeless dogs and cats in our area. Our mission is to advocate for the animals of northeastern Oklahoma by advancing their welfare, promoting interest, and fostering the human/animal bond through innovative programs, education, and service.
In this heat (which will just get brutal before long), keeping cool is important for us and our pets.
The more difficult challenge is to Keep Your Cool when dealing with other people!!!
Rescue is not for the faint-hearted and, all too often, our passion or compassion spills over into our words when confronted with a situation that causes our blood pressure to rise and our ability to Keep Cool is severely challenged.
When we do manage to edit our words before they escape our mouths – or the keyboard – progress has a chance.
It is one of the hardest traits to master – but the results can be amazing.
All too often, especially on social media, one person takes something either out of context or is overly passionate and does not agree with what’s been posted.
When that happens, so much damage can occur – to those involved in the situation and, sometimes, even the animals everyone is trying to save.
The most difficult realization is we can’t save them all – – – at least not yet.
Progress is to save as many as possible.
That’s the hard part when someone is either in your face, screaming at you over the phone and/or on a rant on a facebook page.
It helps if you take a deep breath, say nothing and let the silence fill the air.
If you’re an admin on a facebook page – delete works.
As the thermometer races to 100 – tempers flare – animals need rescue – and you are in the middle of a huge misunderstanding – – – please, please Keep Your Cool.
Our Pets for Life program won the Campsite Award – – given to a program in honor of a dog from Detroit who was one of those special cases that illustrates the heart of our work, builds on understanding, and elevates our perspective.
PAAS was honored for our patience, dedication and non-judgment necessary to make a transformative impact in a particular situation and by doing so has benefited the entire program.
We are changing the face of pet ownership in the 74301 zip code, one spay/neuter, home visit, help with food and meds at a time.
When you see a PAAS person tell them “Thanks”!
Our transport partnership with Dumb Friends League in Colorado has also caught the attention of those involved in ensuring programs are safe, humane and beneficial.
The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators is familiar with our success, as are others who want to see Oklahoma be recognized as SAFE and HUMANE for companion animals by 2025.
And it can be done!!!!
Soooo – if you live in the 74301 zip code and need help with your pets – – please call Lacee at (918) 240-7950.
She is our Pets for Life coordinator for this area and she can help you.
Hi. My name is Faith and I really didn’t know what it meant to be loved until PAAS rescued me and I got to go to the Richardson Birthing and Rehabilitation Center.
At first, I was scared so I went to the laundry room and just looked at the back door.
I even slept there.
Then I realized that all the other dogs living in this wonderful place were having fun in the rest of the house.
They tell me that after a week, I finally started to play with the others and even spent some nights sleeping on a bed made especially for me in their bedroom.
I had terrible itchy skin and big sores all over me.
The nice people here started giving me these wonderful baths every other day for weeks.
It felt so good, so did all the pets and loving I got.
I had big scars on my side from when I had my 4 litters of babies.
They had left some stitches in and those got taken out.
They gave me special food to help me gain my weight back, I was really feeling good.
They said I was in a foster home.
Those are great places to go to, and I loved my foster parents and gave them lots of sloppy kisses. I even learned to sit, lie down, roll over and walk on a leash like a lady and best of all to trust humans again.
Next I remember going on this long, long ride with lots of other dogs.
We stopped, in the middle of the night, so all of us could stretch our legs, water and fertilize a dog park.
Then we loaded back up and headed to Colorado.
Here’s my update – I’ve left the building (Dumb Friends League) in Colorado for my forever home.
Patti wrote this so I know it’s correct: I got adopted by a woman with a French bulldog who has obviously been very well cared for.
I got along with her and my new Mom.
So…keep the Faith – – – I did – – and I’m home!!!!
“I volunteer with Miami Animal Alliance and we are passionate about providing affordable spay and neuter options. We coordinate low-cost clinics each year. Our next will be in Welch, Oklahoma June 2nd. Our clinics sometimes offer spays or neuters as low $25.”
Yes, that is a great deal but ARE YOU AWARE OF THIS?
If you have a 74301 Zip Code, your pets qualify for free spay or neuter through “Pets for Life”. Pets for Life is funded by the United States Humane Society through PAAS.
Anyone living in a zip code bordering 74301 may qualify for a $10 Spay/Neuter.
Fixed incomes, lower incomes, certain hardship situations may qualify.
They experienced the same “aha” moments I did while I was in Austin.
On Tuesday afternoon, we had a recap of the conference and it was fascinating to hear the excitement in their voices, the animation in their stories and the profound belief that we can have a 90% live release rate by 2025 in rural Oklahoma.
It was especially rewarding to see all the teal blue PAAS Ride to Rescue t-shirts sprinkled throughout the conference room with the PAAS logo.
I’m writing this on a Tuesday evening, and tonight 31 dogs will head to Colorado – arriving at Dumb Friends League tomorrow morning.
Those that are “fixed” will soon have new homes, the others will join them after a brief stop in the operating room and a recovery period.
At the HSUS conference in May PAAS Pets for Life will be recognized for exceeding the goal of 400 spay/neuters in the first year of the program!