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PAAS Vinita by Admin - 1d ago

Usually, the blog is about animal rescue. This week it’s about making connections.

It’s how PAAS came to have a partnership with Dumb Friends League in Colorado.

A long time ago, I attended The Pacific Institute (www.thepacificinstitute.com).

By the time I left Seattle Washington, I realized the power of thinking outside the box, visualizing results and reaching out to connect with people.

Since then, connections have opened doors, given me opportunities and provided solutions I could have never discovered on my own.

One of the most important aspects of making a connection is to just let your mind wander as you’re trying to solve a problem with the goal of “who do I know?”

All my friends know how I got an airline to send a plane to Miami to fly a soccer team to Brazil.

It was before the days of cell phones, internet connections, websites and Facebook/LinkedIn.

Today, sitting in front of a computer with a good cup of coffee, I can reach out to people all over the world.

And almost all of the time, I can refer to someone we mutually know or someone who belongs to the same Facebook or LinkedIn group.

In 2015, PAAS had a shelter full of dogs and cats, a long, long, long waiting list of owner surrenders and only a handful of potential adopters coming through the door each week.

Rhonda (veterinary technician) and I looked at each other and realized we needed a Plan B.

Fortunately, I’d just attended the Kirkpatrick Foundation’s Conference (https://safeandhumaneoklahoma.org) and made a connection.

I called him – he referred me to Bob at Dumb Friends League – and Bob said “yes” we could transport dogs to his organization on a trial basis.

The first few months were challenging, sometimes chaotic, emotionally draining and successful.

Over time we’ve established protocols that meet their standards, saved more homeless dogs and cats than we could have ever imagined and work directly with 14 other shelters/rescues.

What’s really mind-blowing is they, in turn, work with more than 30 rural rescues/shelters.

And it all started with me attending a conference and selecting the break-out session where Roger was presenting.

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Last week I saw too many comments on why the Eagles shouldn’t be in the Super Bowl because of Michael Vick.

He’s not part of the NFL and the 2018 team should not be held accountable for the actions of someone who is no longer a player.

The more difficult subject – right now – is the 2018 Olympics in Korea.

Boycotting because of the dog meat farms will not lead to making a change.

What will help is $$$$ donated to those organizations who are boots on the ground.

It takes $$$$ – salaries, airplanes, travel expenses, crates, veterinary services – – on and on.

You can significantly impact this practice by supporting those organizations who are doing the difficult tasks in front of them.

Each of us has our own “barometer” when it comes to who is an acceptable adopter and what solutions are the most practical.

It works when we acknowledge the differences and agree to professionally disagree but work together.

And, if someone did something goofy or ugly in the past for a shelter or rescue – cut them some slack.

No organization operates perfectly and none of us live a perfect life.

I tell people I do not always agree with family members, I rarely agree with any politician and frequently do not even agree with myself.

Rescue is emotional, challenging, rewarding, sad, happy and everything in between.

Always remember, though, the homeless pet just wants a home.

They are not concerned with a standard of living or cleanliness – – they want to be loved, cared for and give affection in return.

Forgiveness helps all of us.

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In 2015, one month before we broke ground, Rhonda joined PAAS as our veterinary technician and our journey to building a team in animal rescue had begun.

For the next 4 months, we worked out of an office on Wilson while they were finalizing construction.

In April, we were open!!!

Sometimes you just hit the jackpot – and we did with Rhonda.

She’s an outstanding veterinary technician, a team player, and loves challenges.

Over the past 2/12 years, she has implemented (and manages) our weekly transport to Colorado, our inmate/shelter dog training program at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center and the implementation of the HSUS Pets for Life.

And, yes, she has other things on the horizon.

Mike fixes everything – – I do mean everything – – high pressure stuff that scares the begeebies out of me, oversees maintenance of our vans, drives transport when needed, manages all the kennel cleaning, feeding/watering/exercising of dogs, cat condos, and ensures the building is clean, smells really good (which is unheard in the world of rescue) and oversees our kennel technician, Doug.

Avis takes care of the bookkeeping, bill paying, checks, reports, anything/everything related to money.

I spend lots of time asking for info and she always has it at her finger tips.

She started working for us in a different capacity, but when the job became available – she stepped up and is doing a great job.

Mary answers the phone – and on any given day it will range from funny to sad to you’ve got to be kidding me.

She listens, offers help, provides information and works closely with Rhonda.

It took them awhile to figure out what/how information needed to be communicated – but they’ve got it down.

Lacee is our go-to- person for Pets For Life – the most comprehensive program I’ve seen for helping people keep their pets in their homes, provide basic veterinary care and the opportunity to have them “fixed”.

She’s been welcomed with open arms by the community and surrounding area and she’s truly making an impact for pets.

PAAS has a winning team I couldn’t be more proud of – and if you know any of them – please tell them “thanks”.

As a journalist said to me – In the world of animal rescue, Vinita is the little town that does it right!!!!

Yup – – we’re working hard to get ‘er done right.

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I am so happy and my heart is full. My sweet foster, Charlie, is now with my wonderful, dear friend in
Minnesota.

This little dog has been through unimaginable suffering and pain in his short life.

He was picked up in Vinita by the animal control officer, Amy.

She spent 2 hours in freezing rain to coax him out of a culvert. He was freezing, and soaked to the skin.

Knowing he was barely clinging to life, she took this little filthy matted bundle to the PAAS shelter.

Rhonda was busy getting a large transport of dogs ready to go to Denver that night, Two vans full of almost 50 dogs.

Rhonda dropped everything and went to work on Charlie. You can read more about that here.

His body temperature was very low, he was extremely dehydrated and horribly matted.

She spent a couple of hours shaving him, warming him up and gave him warm fluids intravenously.

He was starting to improve, so she put him on a heating pad and called me.

Tom and I rushed over to Vinita to pick him up.

He was so lifeless and bedraggled I couldn’t believe he was still alive.

He settled in at our house, in a warm crate with a heating pad.

I fed him warm soft food and also warmed his water to room temperature.

He was able to recover completely.

He eventually was neutered and had a dental.

He became a happy, playful loving little dog.

I have known my Minnesota friend for several years.

We first met when she adopted 2 little sisters, named Heidi and Hadley, we had fostered through their pregnancies, from the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, MN.

I had included my phone # on their paperwork and she called me for background on them.

Over the ensuing years we have sent many dogs and pups to her and she has found wonderful homes for them.

She is very picky and an extremely loving person.

We most recently sent Violet to her.

She was the little dog we rescued from a puppy mill breeder.

She had pyometra and was horribly matted.

Our friend at Soggy Doggy Pet Spa was able to shave her down, and PAAS helped by covering her medical expenses, since we were going to foster her.

So you can see why I am resting easy, with a heart brimming over with love and happiness.

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Our friends at Country Pets Bed and Breakfast have their next set of training classes set up, starting in February of 2018.

Here are the details, straight from their FB page:

Our next set of 8 week classes will start on Tuesday February 6th.
Basic 1 @ 6 pm
Basic 2 (advanced/intermediate) @ 7 pm

Wednesday February 7th 
Rally @ 6
Agility @ 7

Requirements for Wednesday night classes are basic 1 and basic 2.

Classes are $70.00
Class size limited contact us at 918-373-2519 to be put in class.

Dogs 6 months and up.

With boarding, training, day care and more, Country Pets provides excellent services to Northeast Oklahoma.

Visit their website at http://www.countrypetsbnb.com/or like them on Facebook HERE.

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PAAS Vinita by Admin - 3w ago

It is proven again and again and again – – the power a momma dog or cat has for the babies they are carrying.

It is one of the most rewarding acts we do in rescue – save a pregnant Momma.

Momma Dog (in the pictures) had been in a municipal shelter since 12.4.17 – more than a month.

Very, very pregnant.

She was rescued and brought to the Richardson Rexwinkle Birthing Center, a division of PAAS Vinta.

She arrived late Wednesday evening 1.17.18, was made comfortable and just a few hours later she was in labor.

Today (Jan 18 th ), she’s had 9 puppies – but we’re pretty sure there are more to come.

Yesterday she looked tired, pregnant and scared.

Today she looks tired, not pregnant, and happy.

On the roughest day, scenes like these help us keep on keeping on.

And with the cold weather, all of us have had some tough days when it comes to rescue.

Over the past year, we’ve done 600+ spay/neuters and all of the dogs (and cats) that have made the trip to Colorado have been “fixed” as well.

Yet even with all this good news, there are hundreds of unwanted litters in our neck of the woods every year.

Yes, we’re making a difference and Momma Dog, I know, would say “Thanks” if she could.

Her wagging tail and smile, though, say a lot.

Never, ever, underestimate the power of love between people and animals.

And there’s probably no stronger love than a Mom for her babies – whether they’re puppies, kittens – or a baby.

The proof is in the pictures and the details.

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PAAS Vinita by Admin - 3w ago

There are many different formulas for calculating the number of puppies and kittens that could be born if a pet was not “fixed”.

If you take a very conservative approach, here’s numbers that highlight two things: #1) the sheer number of dogs and cats that could be born in any given area if there is no comprehensive “spay/neuter” program and #2) how serious the problem is for rural Oklahoma communities.

In 2017 – we transported 1,631 dogs/cats to Dumb Friends League in Colorado. All of them were either “fixed” before they left on transport or were “fixed” when they got to Colorado.

So, from a rescue point of view, if each rescued dog/cat had 5 offspring (very conservative), in 2018 that would be 8,155.

One year later – the number would be 40,775.

Then if you add the 600+ spay/neuters done thru our Pet Over Population and Pets for Life programs (1st year = 3,000; 2nd year = 15,000).

Add 40,775 and 15,000 – – the grand total is 55,775.

Two things suddenly become very apparent – – there’s a tremendous need for continued out-of- state transport AND spay/neuter (get ‘em fixed).

It takes both programs, over a 5 year period, for it to truly make a difference. The good news is these programs do make a difference.

We have proof.

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Religion and rescue share compassion, passion, and strong beliefs.

However, too often they choose to not work together for a common goal.

In rescue, when this happens – – some or all of the following occurs: On closed groups, bashing becomes a verbal contact sport, progress is halted, wounds are deep and all heck can break loose.

All too often, the original problem or challenge is almost forgotten.

It becomes especially damaging when people are personally, verbally, attacked.

Progress is made, lives are saved and situations can be resolved when everyone thinks twice before hitting the send button and, for a brief moment, read their post as though it was directed TO them.

“Delete” is frequently preferred to “send”.

We do not have to all “save” dogs and cats the same way – – they (the dogs and cats) could care less about “how” they find a new home – – – they just want one.

Home visits work, adoption events work, transfer works – – and the dogs and cats would agree – – – if only they could talk.

Example of collaboration for a common goal: “Charlie Wilson’s War” (movie).

No one trusted anyone – but they all wanted the same goal.

Example of teamwork “The Miracle on Ice”.

The players came from different teams, but they played as a team and beat the Russians.

When differences are pushed too far: The War of Roses.

Everything was lost.

Forgiveness, progress and victory: “Invictus” South Africa did not break out in a civil war, Nelson Mandela forgave those who had incarcerated him, and saw rugby as the unifier for his country… and it worked.

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Much has been accomplished since we first opened our doors at PAAS in April of 2015.

It was January 2014 when I became the first Executive Director for PAAS.

For the next year, I did research, watched the construction slowly begin to take shape, visited with other rescues, talked with rescue professionals and prayed.

April 2015, we officially opened our doors and the flood began – not of people wanting to adopt a dog or cat – but people wanting to surrender dogs/puppies and cats/kittens.

By late June – we were full – 50+ dogs, 50+ cats and virtually no one coming through the door to adopt.

Plan B began.

We started transporting out-of-state to Cheyenne, Wyoming and Denver, Colorado. It was chaotic, emotional, and physically draining on all of us.

March 2016, we agreed to a partnership with Dumb Friends League in Colorado. It took a while to get the kinks worked out and a system established.

The staff spent considerable time establishing a system that worked – and the success was due to our veterinary technician – Rhonda Norris and her staff.

Then the word spread and suddenly we had partners from throughout the state willing to follow the Dumb Friends League protocol and our requirements.

Today 15+ municipal shelters and 501©3 rescues are a part of this success.

More than 2,000 dogs (and a few cats) have made the trip to a new home in Colorado. It is organized, orderly and no longer chaotic.

We also began a Pet Over Population program for income qualified pet owners within the Vinita city limits.

In addition, we also started in inmate/shelter dog training program at the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center. A program that I strongly believe in – and have seen the positive results from experience with the program at the Lexington Prison.

In April 2017, the HSUS Pets for Life program became a part of PAAS. It is the most comprehensive, life changing, program for pet owners I’ve seen.

And, first hand, I’ve seen the love people have for their pets and the relief in their eyes when they can have their pet “fixed” so there will be no more puppies or kittens.

While our name is PAAS (Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter) – – we are PAAS – the animal resource center for Vinita (and expansion is planned for the entire 74301 zip code, Craig County and beyond).

Stay tuned – – the best is yet to come – – a direction that works, saves lives, reduces pet over-population through comprehensive spay/neuter programs and gives dogs a second chance under the guidance of an inmate trainer.

We’re more successful than we could have ever imagined.

Please join us by volunteering and/or contributing to our important work. We rely on private donations and receive no government funds.

Go HERE to make a financial contribution – and we Thank You!

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PAAS Vinita by Admin - 3w ago

These are the lucky ones: Bitsie, Shorty, Franklin, Sally Mae, Ozzy, Sassy, Hooper, Tina, Paco, Batman, Scout, Spencer, Grinnie, Honey and Squirrel.

These are some of our partner rescues/shelters: PAAS (us), Pauls Valley Municipal Pound, Washington SPCA (Bartlesville), Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, and Altus municipal pound.

All of the above dogs have a new home and all of our partners will be bringing us more dogs (and sometimes cats) to make the trip to Colorado.

At this holiday time of year, many puppies and kittens will be under the tree and by January 15th , many of them will have found their way to a local shelter or rescue.

Thankfully, for us and our partners, we have a safe place where they can go – it’s just one very long ride in a heated/air conditioned van and then Happy New Year – there are people waiting for the PAAS Van to arrive so they can find their new pet.

It will be Christmas Magic – that will happen after the New Year.

As you read this another 20+ dogs and lots of kittens/cats will have arrived and probably found a new home.

It will be Christmas Magic.

Here’s a few who made the trip and now have a home: Bitsie, Shorty and Franklin.

Merry Christmas – –

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