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PAAS Vinita by Admin - 5d ago

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.

Hard to do – but it helps find a solution.

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In the animal rescue world, there’s no gold medal that can give you bragging rights.

However, recognition from your peers ranks up there with a gold medal.

We recently attended the Animal Care Expo 2018 in Kansas City.

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.

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PAAS Vinita by Admin - 3w ago

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!!!!

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In school you learn the importance of teamwork – – in the business world it’s called collaboration – – and today, in the non-profit world – – it is collective impact.

Collective impact results are more complex and challenging to reach, but the impact is life-changing.

We’re seeing it in Northeast Oklahoma!!!!

Here’s a note from a member of the Miami Animal Alliance:

“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.

This offer is limited to two pets per family.

Call PAAS at 918-256-7227 for more info.

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Best Friends Animal Society has set a goal for Oklahoma to have a 90% live release rate for dogs and cats in shelters by 2025.

Based on what PAAS and our transport partners have accomplished the past two years, it no longer seems to be an impossible goal to reach.

Certainly, what I learned at the Collective Impact Convening Conference validated this is an attainable goal.

In the coming weeks, I will try to not sound like a broken record about spay/neuter and transport successes.

No guarantees – – just fair warning

Here’s the first installment. Rhonda, Lacee and I attended the SAVELIVES.UNITEOKLAHOMA conference Monday, April 30th in Oklahoma City.

It was sponsored by The Kirkpatrick Foundation and Best Friends Animal Society.

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!

We’re getting there.

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We opened April 18, 2015 – – – it was cold, rainy and we were excited.

So much has happened in the last 3 years – but one of the best “happenings’ is our partnership with Dumb Friends League in Colorado.

Here are two examples – with pictures.

Imagine you are Rolo – living in a kennel for more than 120 days. 

Every day you hope this is the day someone walks down that long noisy corridor – – – looks into your eyes and says “You want to come live with me?” 120- long, long days and nights.

Then, all of a sudden you are in a van going to another kennel where you spend the night.

Then, you get on another van and travel overnight to Colorado along with 25-30 other homeless, but hopeful, dogs.

You get off the van, they check you out and you’re snow on the adoption floor (whatever that means).

And in just two short days, you’re in your forever home.

TWO – – DAYS !!!! only TWO DAYS!!!

The next picture is Riley. 

He lived in a shelter for one whole, 365 days, year!!!! The same scenario as above.

Riley makes the trip to PAAS, spends the night, then rides overnight to Dumb Friends League in Denver.

Riley is so adorable, he comes up on the adoption floor as soon as he gets off the bus and is adopted the SAME DAY!!!!

Hmmm 365 days of waiting at an over-crowded shelter – and adopted at Dumb Friends League within only a few hours.

This is why we transport.

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Last week I was in Austin, Texas for the Collective Impact Convening Conference.

A long name, an interesting experience, and a new way of looking at solving problems, building coalitions.

There were 700 attendees from 45 states and 6 countries.

For those who’ve been in the military, they understand teamwork – – just go to youtube and type in: army teamwork to climb a wall.

They get ‘er done.

Of course, one of my favorite “team building” stories is The Miracle on Ice – 1980 Winter Olympics (on youtube) and last Collective Impact (on youtube).

Different processes, same effect – changes are made, problems are solved and progress is possible.

We’ve seen it happen with our programs.

Transfer/transport – – every Tuesday night – – headed to Dumb Friends League in Colorado.

More than 2,500 homeless pets have found a new home in a new state with a new family.

Colorado residents wait for our van to unload and, within hours, we see scared dogs become happy dogs as they go to their new home.

It isn’t what we’d planned for – but has been more successful than we could have ever imagined.

March Madness just ended and, for a while, some teams were living the Cinderella dream and teamwork propelled them forward.

There was no Cinderella winner this year – but it was exciting.

Talk to anyone who’s gone through boot camp – – they get it.

Without teamwork, they would never, ever, make it and get that first stripe on their sleeve.

Collective Impact takes this teamwork concept to a new level and the results are amazing.

Significant problems/challenges are resolved; people who normally do not work together – do – and the results are tangible.

So at the end of the day – – Teamwork, Collective Impact, Military training – – it works….it really does.

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PAAS Vinita by Admin - 2M ago

We don’t need a calendar to know spring is in the air.

Just look at the calves, lambs, baby chickens and bunny rabbits – not to mention puppies and kittens.

It is a time of new beginnings, new life.

The goal, though, is for there to be fewer and fewer puppies and kittens eligible for owner/surrender and/dumped on some country road.

This past year, PAAS has helped 700+ pet owners give their pets “fixed”.

If you conservatively say each “fixed” pet would have had 5 offspring, then next year there will be 3,500 fewer.

And the following year 17,500 fewer.

Those numbers sound great, but they are only the tip of the iceberg.

5 years of concerted spay/neuter programs – – Pets for Life, Pet Over Population and Spay/Neuter clinics — will begin to make a lasting impact on the homeless/unwanted populations.

When you and your family are ready for a new addition and you want it to be a puppy or kitten – please adopt from a local shelter or rescue.

Go online (especially Facebook) and type in the pet breed of your dreams – you will have lots of choices – – and they should all be “fixed” before the adoption if finalized.

If you do bring a pet into your home – and it hasn’t been fixed – – please, please do not adopt until you have the funds to pay for the spay/neuter.

It is the only way we are going to reduce the homeless population.

Embrace the flowers, green grass – – be safe from the tornadoes (we do live in Oklahoma) and pray for rain – no hail.

Make the decision to be a responsible pet owner – then find that one that tugs at your heart.

Spring has arrived and summer will soon be here!!!!

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Pick a name – any name – from this list:

Deckard, Bane, Spring, Mari, Nova, Carwash, Kramer, Scotch, Mason, Chase, Bran, Izzy, Narcissa, Remy, Choco, Cheri, Spot, Bear, Rocky, RJ, Koda, Cookie.

Pick a rescue – Pauls Valley, Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, Sapulpa Furry Friends, Washington County SPCA, Vinita Municipal Shelter, PAAS Owner Surrenders.

17 were in shelters, 5 were owner surrendered – – all needed to find a new home.

Find them a home??

We did – every dog on his list left Oklahoma on March 14th and was in a new home by March 21st.

Animal shelters are similar to emergency shelters following a storm – a nice place for a short period of time.

When you walk the kennels and see the hope in their eyes turn to despair after a few days – it is heartbreaking.

But, when we put them on our PAAS Ride-to-Rescue, we know within a week they will have what they’ve always wanted – a home.

It’s why we’ve partnered with so many rescues and shelters – – and it’s making a difference.

Our partners have not euthanized for space since they began working with us.

For all of us in rescue, that’s the goal.

Thanks to financial support from caring people and our partners – especially Dumb Friends League in Colorado – – we’re saving lives – – lots and lots of them.

And if you’d like to donate, you can do so HERE.

Collaboration, teamwork, networking – whatever you want to call it. It WORKS!!!!

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PAAS Vinita by Admin - 3M ago

Hi, we’re Eartha and Ellen.

People tell us we were part of a litter dumped under a culvert.

We felt really, really bad and it was discovered we had parvo.

Only Eartha and I survived.

We were cared for by Lake Area Pets and like all siblings, wanted to stay together.

Ludie and crew really tried to get us adopted for a long, long time – in the Grand Lake area – but it just didn’t happen.

So when we were one year old, we were able to hitch a ride on the PAAS Ride to Rescue bus.

We really hoped we’d get to stay together, but knew the odds were stacked against us.

Guess what????

In just a few short days we found a home together in Colorado and we get to be siblings forever and ever and ever.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – so here goes. (Picture is above)

The first picture is when we were found, the next two are of us – – Thanks, Lake Area Pet Society, PAAS Ride to Rescue and Dumb Friends League (whatever that means).

We have a home together!!!! It just doesn’t get any better.

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