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Rally Around the Pits Motorcycle Rally and Adoption Event

posted September 27th, 2014 by
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Rally Around the Pits, Inc. is a small non-profit organization organized for charitable, humane, and educational purposes, including to educate the public about animal welfare and pet adoption. Our primary fundraising event is a family-friendly motorcycle rally meant to bring people together for the love of motorcycles and dogs, specifically pit bull type dogs. The term “pit bull” is often associated with the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Pit bull type dogs are often vilified in the media. Our goal is to educate the public about these type dogs by creating a family and pet friendly event to show they are just dogs and need a home like any other, while raising awareness and funds for local non-profit animal rescue organizations that specialize in the bully breeds.

Rally Around the Pits Motorcycle Rally and Adoption event is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm at Iron Nation Harley Davidson. Iron Nation Harley Davidson is located at 3433 S. Broadway in Edmond, OK. We have two local animal rescue organizations signed up to be beneficiaries of this year’s event, PitEssentials Rescue, Inc. and Bald and Bully, Inc. We use a mix of vendors, displays, and live music by Mudflap Nichols and the Twisted Spokes to keep people having fun and raising money for dogs in need.

Numerous national and local companies have donated items to our organization for raffle and silent auction. National sponsors include Lowbrow Customs, VNM, Thundershirt, Stella and Chewy’s, and Forever the Chaos Life, while local sponsors include Carey Pet and Home Care, Monster Graphx, Raise Hail, LLC, Quail Tag Agency, SB Body Arts, K9 Konfections, Best Friends Total Pet Care, and Interurban Restaurants. All net proceeds from Rally Around the Pits Motorcycle Rally and Adoption event will be split equally between the participating animal rescue organizations. The money raised goes directly towards the care of the animals in the rescue’s possession while they wait for their forever homes.

Rally Around the Pits, Inc. recognizes all sponsors large or small with several sponsorship levels. For more information, please visit our website, or Facebook page, Anyone interested in being involved with this year’s event or future events can call Kelli or Erik White at 405-463-0552 or send us an email at [email protected].

Thank you for your time and consideration. You will find our current flyer attached to this email.


Kelli White

September / October OKC Pets Magazine

posted September 12th, 2014 by

Publisher – Marilyn King

Creative Director – Debra Fite

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Nancy Harrison, Cheryl Steckler

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Leonardo Baez DVM, Brianna Broersma, Khara Criswell, Anna Holton-Dean, Sherri Goodall, Bria Bolton Moore, Kiley Roberson

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

Pawsitive Steps 5k Run/Walk and Pet Costume Contest

posted September 3rd, 2014 by
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On October 11 the Pawsitive Steps 5K run/walk and pet costume contest will be held to raise funds for the Oklahoma Pet Overpopulation Fund.  The event starts at 9 am at Wiley Post Park, 2021 S Robinson, in Oklahoma City.  Please join in and show your support for this vital statewide program.  Pawsitive Steps is a project of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Foundation.

The Pet Overpopulation Fund was established by the Oklahoma legislature in 2005 in order to provide a way for low-income pet owners to pay $10 to have a pet spayed or neutered at a participating veterinary clinic near them.    The Pet Overpopulation Fund receives no taxpayer dollars and is supported by the purchase of spay/neuter license plates, a check off box on the Oklahoma income tax form and special events such as Pawsitive Steps.  Donations can also be made directly to the fund.  The Pet Overpopulation Fund spay/neuter program is administered by the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), which receives no fees for their service.

This fund is arguably the single most important tool for helping animals in remote portions of Oklahoma.  A recent statewide animal sheltering survey funded by Kirkpatrick Foundation revealed that a combination of dire factors place many animals in Oklahoma in danger of homelessness and abandonment.   Many households in Oklahoma earn below the poverty level.  While our five largest cities have convenient access to affordable spay/neuter services, over half of rural Oklahoma households are from 50 to 150 miles from a reduced cost spay/neuter clinic, hardly accessible for someone earning minimum wage.  Additionally, most of rural Oklahoma has limited or no access to shelters to receive unwanted animals; the lack of sheltering overlaps with a lack of local affordable spay/neuter services to place thousands of unwanted animals at risk of terrible suffering.  This fund can prevent the overwhelming number of tragedies if everyone will do their part.

If each Oklahoman donated just 25 cents to this fund, the spay or neuter of a pet in a low-income household could be approved and provided as soon as a request comes in. However, sadly the fund is normally low on money and pet owners often wait two to three months for an appointment.   We can make this a more effective tool for stopping suffering by simply doing our part to raise the funds.

Please come out and support the Oklahoma Pet Overpopulation Fund by running, walking or showing off your pet in the pet costume contest.  If you are part of a rescue organization, please join in as a pack (or if you are a cat organization, join as a pride).   You’ll be glad you did!

Whose problem is it anyway?

posted August 27th, 2014 by
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The above meme recently popped up in my Facebook newsfeed. And while I agree with the heart of what this is getting at, I feel the way it is phrased puts all of the responsibility on shelters and none on pet owners and citizens of the community.

It is absolutely sad that perfectly good animals are put down everyday. But what would happen if Tulsa Animal Welfare and other shelters that euthanize suddenly stopped this practice?

There is only a finite amount of space at TAW. To fill it with homeless animals beyond capacity would be inhumane. There is also only a finite amount of money in our city’s budget to care for these animals. Pet food, cat litter and staff to care for them adds up quickly.

So for a shelter to cease its practice of humane euthanasia, it would have to cap the number of animals it could accept and would have to turn animals away. This is a common reality for most no-kill rescue groups. Space is limited and there are only so many willing to foster pets.

So then what would happen? Would people just stop surrendering their pets because all of the shelters are full? Maybe.

Or maybe they would dump them somewhere, turning them out on the street. Is death by starvation or being run over by a car really a better alternative to humane euthanasia?

It’s tragic that as a community, we put down so many innocent animals. It’s also tragic that as a community, we are ok with pointing fingers at the shelter.

It is time to start focusing on WHY we have such an overpopulation of pets in our area. Holding pet owners accountable for spaying and neutering their pets would be a good place to start.

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

OKC Pet Expo, West Elm and Kaiser’s American Bistro

posted August 24th, 2014 by
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Ween Pic 17bA quick heads up to fellow canines that the OKC Pet Expo is this weekend! It will be held Saturday, August 23rd at the OKC Fairgrounds Hobbies, Arts, and Crafts building. Leashed dogs with current vaccinations are welcome and it is all indoors to escape the heat!

I also wanted to do a quick shout-out to a couple more ween-friendly places we have found! West Elm  recently opened up at the Triangle at Classen Curve, 6150 NW Grand Avenue. It is a Crate and Barrel/Pottery Barn-ish place, and they allow weens! We checked it out on opening weekend but read more

Blaze’s Volunteer Work Weekend

posted August 19th, 2014 by

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue is having a volunteer work weekend this Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th. We are hoping to do some much needed repairs, such as repair/replace fencing, repair shelters, dirt work, brush clean up, pasture clean up, and we need a fence line cleared out in order to replace.  If you would like to attend, please contact Volunteer Director Tina Hummell at [email protected].  We would appreciate your support so much as we tackle many projects at once. 

If you plan to attend here are a list of items that you may consider bringing with you, if you can or have access to the following:




Fence Tools

Power Drills

Chain Saws


—If anyone has any heavy equipment such as a bull dozer that could assist with taking out some trees that would be excellent.

—If anyone has any heavy equipment such as a skid-steer to move manure that would be excellent.


We have 13 years and over 1200 rescued horses saved of wear and tear on our facility. Upgrades and repairs are vital for us, however, using the daily operating funds to make these repairs means taking away from the horses and we just don’t want to do that. So, we are asking everyone to please chip in to our fence and facility repair fundraiser. Every little bit helps tremendously in reaching our Improvements and upgrade goals. Please share with everyone and help us make this a much safer environment for our rescued horses.

We look forward to seeing everyone that is able to attend this weekend.  We will have a hotdog lunch, snacks and a cold beverage will be available.  Come meet the Blaze’s crew, the horses and get a little dirty.  


Thank you,
Natalee & Shawn Cross
Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc.,
Jones, Oklahoma 73049
[email protected]