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PAWS for MAPS 4 Included!

posted August 23rd, 2019 by

 PAWS for MAPS 4


Dear Partners, Friends, Volunteers, and Supporters,Moments ago, the MAPS 4 package was officially posted on the City Council agenda. I’m thrilled to tell you that the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter is included in the overall package at $38 million!



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CONGRATULATIONS to all of you who worked tirelessly and lent your voice on behalf of the voiceless—the more than 21,000 animals that enter the Oklahoma City animal shelter each year. There have been many hurdles to cross in this year-long endeavor, but none bigger that the news shared within the last hour. WE ARE IN!



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To the tens of thousands of animal advocates, volunteers, funders, nonprofit leaders, and city employees who devote their lives to creating humane outcomes for animals of all kinds—this is a moment to rejoice in! A new animal shelter for Oklahoma City promises to be a game changer—here, statewide, and even nationwide. Today’s great news never would have happened without the big and small efforts of more than five thousand animal-loving Oklahoma City residents. A toast to you all! Thank you.Importantly, our work is not done. In fact, in many ways, it’s just beginning. The next three days are critical. It is vital that the City Council unite around the entire MAPS 4 package in a spirit of all for one and one for all. To that end, I encourage each of you to galvanize around the whole of MAPS 4—all projects, all proposals. The Animal Shelter is in the same league and on the same team as each of the other projects. Now is the time to join forces and act as one. MAPS 4 truly offers something for every single one of our residents. Not one of us is left behind. Indeed, MAPS 4 is the symbol of a city in full.


Right now, the most important thing you can do now is advocate for MAPS 4 in three ways:1) Contact your city councilor if you haven’t already, today, and let them know that you are an animal advocate who supports the whole MAPS package. (Be sure to identify yourself as a PAWS for MAPS 4 supporter or animal shelter advocate and include your residential address.)


2) Begin the process of getting your organization to endorse MAPS 4. Each endorsement will matter, no matter how large or small your group is.


3) Join us in the City Council chamber at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday to demonstrate your support for MAPS 4. WEAR RED!


We’ve successfully crossed many hurdles over the last year and particularly the last few months. With a successful YES vote this Tuesday, the campaign for the hearts and minds of Oklahoma City municipal voters begins in earnest. We want you to be a part of it! 


As ever,

Louisa McCune

Education Director



 PAWS for MAPS 4

Network for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims

posted August 12th, 2019 by
Network for Pets

New organization seeks to help pets of domestic violence victims

A new Oklahoma-based charitable organization aims to help domestic violence victims reach safety with their beloved companion animals. The Network for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims is dedicated to connecting animal care resources with the domestic violence shelters that need them. Many victims will delay leaving a dangerous situation if they cannot bring their pet with them, however, most domestic violence shelters do not have the facilities for companion animal care. NPDVV aims to bridge the gap. Domestic violence shelters seeking assistance as well as animal shelters, veterinarians, and potential pet fosters simply fill out the form on the website at The information is then added to the growing database and matched based on location. The domestic violence shelter is provided with a list of contacts for available animal care resources in their area. By having this information in advance, domestic violence shelters can save precious time and can welcome more victims with pets to safety. Jonna Whetsel, a veterinary student at Oklahoma State University, is the organization’s founder. The idea was conceived in April 2017 while working on a project for a master’s program in veterinary forensic science. Whetsel was tasked with creating a training presentation addressing the link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence. As she built the presentation illustrating how animal shelters and veterinarians can help domestic violence shelters, she decided to lead by example. She finished the presentation and added a companion website, which became the basis for the Network for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims. After two years of working on the concept, the first week of its release has proven to be a success. Whetsel says there has been a tremendous outpouring of support and that the NPDVV site has already begun to receive form submissions from several states. To learn more about the program and what you can do to help pets of domestic violence victims, please visit

### For more information, please contact Jonna Whetsel at [email protected]


posted August 11th, 2019 by

What’s Missing in Oklahoma City?

A more humane culture for all people and all animals. And in OKC, they deserve better! Follow us and watch this short video to learn more about the proposal to build a new animal shelter!
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Safety First for Our People and Animals!

Our city’s fast-paced growth requires an animal shelter that gets the job done – prioritizing safer neighborhoods, a safer facility, and more humane outcomes for homeless animals.

Join our movement for a

Safer and More Humane City

for People and Animals!

Please send our prefilled email message to Mayor Holt and the City Council asking them to build the shelter.
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You also may email the Mayor

and your City Councilor individually:

If you don’t know who your Councilor is click here to view ward map.
Mayor David Holt[email protected]

(405) 297-2424


Ward 1 – James Greiner

[email protected]

(405) 297-2404


Ward 2 – James Cooper

[email protected]

(405) 297-2402


Ward 3 – Larry McAtee

[email protected]

(405) 297-2402


Ward 4 – Todd Stone

[email protected]

(405) 297-2402

Ward 5 – David Greenwell[email protected](405) 297-2569Ward 6 – JoBeth Hamon

[email protected]

(405) 297-2404


Ward 7 – Nikki Nice

[email protected]

(405) 297-2569


Ward 8 – Mark Stonecipher

[email protected]

(405) 297-2569


PAWS for MAPS 4 Gratefully Acknowledges

the Endorsements of:

Bella SPCABest Friends of Pets

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

Tornado Alley Bulldog Rescue

Lap of Luxury: Lifestyle Pet Photography

Okie Cats

Mickey Blue Eyes

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals

OK Humane

Kirkpatrick Policy Group

Fetch Fido a Flight

Infinity Farms Animal Sanctuary & Rescue

Good Dogma

Pet Angels Rescue

Pua The AmbassaPig

Add Your Voice to the Cause!

Let’s Build a New Animal Welfare Shelter

for Oklahoma City in MAPS 4.

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Petco Gift to OK Humane

posted August 4th, 2019 by
Oklahoma Humane Society

Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of the Oklahoma Humane Society

Grant of $40,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Oklahoma


Oklahoma City, OK (July 31, 2019) – The Oklahoma Humane Society announced it has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its lifesaving initiatives.


The Petco Foundation investment will help to support the Oklahoma Humane Society’s outreach initiatives in the community and increase the organization’s lifesaving capacity.


“This grant award truly helps Oklahoma Humane change the landscape of animal welfare in Oklahoma, and we are grateful to the Petco Foundation for making our meaningful work possible,” said Dana McCrory, President and CEO of Oklahoma Humane Society.


The Oklahoma Humane Society is a nonprofit organization with a primary focus of eliminating the needless euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in Oklahoma City.


For more information about Oklahoma Humane Society visit For more on the Petco Foundation, visit and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #PetcoFamily.




About Oklahoma Humane Society

OK Humane is the largest animal-related non-profit in the state of Oklahoma. We are passionate animal lovers working together to end needless euthanasia of adoptable pets in our community through our life-saving programs of adoption, spay and neuter, relocation and our neonate nursery.  We are proud partners of Oklahoma City Animal Welfare, and since we were founded in 2007, have made significant strides in making Oklahoma City one of the most humane cities in the United States.


About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

OKC Pets Mag July / Aug 2019

posted July 16th, 2019 by
OKC Pets

OKC Pets Magazine  July / Aug 2019

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Debra Fite

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Nancy Harrison, Rosalie Childs.

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Heide Brandes, Travis Brorsen, Kaycee Chance, Kim Doner, Sherri Goodall, Amy Greene, Anna Holton-Dean, Jordan Klingler, Bill Snyder

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2018 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

OKC Pets Magazine provides Oklahoma City area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now OKC Pets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!


posted July 9th, 2019 by

Dear Oklahoma City Citizen,

This week there will be two of four public meetings regarding the proposed MAPS 4 initiative by our city council. Because of your past interest in Oklahoma City’s positive transformation, we encourage you to learn about the crisis situation at the Oklahoma City animal shelter. On Thursday, we will be advocating that a new shelter be included in the next wave of transformational policies enacted by our local government.

Oklahoma City’s animal shelter is dangerously overcrowded and functionally obsolete for the needs of animals in our growing city. The building has never been right, and city staff has articulated a desperate need for a complete overhaul. Although big improvements in the save rate have been made over the last decade, tragically, 476 animals had to be euthanized in June alone. A new shelter for Oklahoma City as part of MAPS 4 will be a game changer for people and animals alike.


We need your help this Thursday!

1. This Thursday at 10 a.m., come to the City Coucil Chambers as we present the concept for the new OKC animal shelter.

Join PAWS for MAPS 4 as we present the concept to build a state-of-the-art new animal facility in MAPS 4 to Mayor David Holt and the Oklahoma City Council this Thursday at 10 a.m. (Meeting begins at 9 a.m., and our presentation is the fifth one on the agenda.)

Volunteers will be on hand to distribute PAWS for MAPS 4 materials so you can show your support! (Be an early bird and you might even receive a free PAWS for MAPS 4 T-shirt!)
Please plan to arrive at City Hall, 200 North Walker, at 9:45 a.m. And WEAR RED! We want to demonstrate the strength of our movement by packing the gallery! Jonathan Gary, superintendent for the City of Oklahoma City Animal Welfare, and Louisa McCune, education director of PAWS for MAPS 4, will be presenting the concept and need for a new animal shelter.

2. Attend our rally this Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the East Lawn of City Hall. 

We will host a brief rally on the East Lawn of City Hall Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. We want members of the media and our government officials to understand how passionately Oklahoma City residents care about animals and how essential a new shelter is for our great city.

If you are attending the rally, please bring your own hand-made signs. Other signs will be available.

If you are ONLY attending the rally, feel free to bring your pets! (Pets cannot be brought into the municipal gallery unless they are certified service animals.)

Can you join us this Thursday?

Please click the link below if you are joining us. It is very important for us to gauge head count.

Yes, I will attend the presentation.
Yes, I will attend the rally.
Yes, I will attend both events!

The links above allow us to gauge attendance numbers only. Your name and email address will not be used or shared. Your information is 100% private and secure.
Thank you for adding your voice to our cause, a new modern animal shelter in MAPS 4. We hope to see you Thursday! Our animals are counting on you!

The PAWS for MAPS 4 Team

P.S. Also, feel free to contact us with any questions.

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