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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]

Hudiburg Subaru’s “Fill the Forester” Challenge at OKC Pet Expo

posted August 7th, 2014 by
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The 2014 Oklahoma City Pet Expo joins forces with Hudiburg Subaru and the Central Oklahoma Humane Society in order to raise kitty litter and other donation items for the Adoption Center.

Oklahoma City, OK– Hudiburg Subaru, Oklahoma’s newest Subaru dealer, will be at the 2014 Oklahoma City Pet Expo as the Official Automotive Sponsor.Hudiburg Subaru has a history of supporting pets and pet adoptions through their Luv 2 Live program.

“Hudiburg Subaru is excited about the opportunity to partner with an event and people that are as dedicated to make their pets happy, healthy, and comfortable. We love pets and we love people who love pets,” says Brad Smicklas of Hudiburg Subaru.“We hope when these pet lovers have the opportunity to look for their special pet needs for their vehicles they come Hudiburg Subaru.”After the Oklahoma City Pet Expo, attendees will be encouraged to find more pet-friendly vehicles through the Hudiburg Website at 

This year, however, they’re doing something a little different. With three vehicles at the event, two will be used to demonstrate how pet-friendly the Subaru can be, while the third will be used to Fill the Forrester! Attendees will be encouraged to bring as much kitty litter and other items on the Central Oklahoma Humane Society Wish List to go into the Forrester positioned at the entrance of the Expo. At the end of the day, all of the items in the vehicle will go to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. Attendees can find the wish list ahead of time at 

“OK Humane relies on donations to help pets in Central Oklahoma,” says Amy Shrodes, Director of Marketing and Development for Central Oklahoma Humane Society.“The Fill the Forester drive will allow us to save more homeless dogs and cats in our community by providing the supplies we need to care for them. We appreciate Hudiburg Subaru’s partnership and are looking forward to bringing adoptable dogs and cats to OKC Pet Expo!”

This is the very first year Amazing Expos, the Production Firm that produces the Oklahoma City Pet Expo, has participated in a Fill the Trunk Challenge. “We look forward to seeing the results of such an interesting Community Challenge,” says Patti Welch, Vice President of Amazing Expos, “We hope to continue the endeavor at future expos.”

The Oklahoma City Pet Expo will feature more than 50 exhibitors, live entertainment and demonstrations, and a mega-adoption area with more than 150 pets available for adoption. Low-cost immunizations, discounted microchipping and free nail trims will also be available for all the petswho need them.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 from 10am to 6pm, at Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. This free, indoor and air-conditioned event is expected to attract more than 12,000 attendees along with their furry, feathered and reptilian pals who are looking to enjoy a new and one-of-a-kind experience where all pets can enjoy a fun day out with their pet parent(s). All well-behaved pets are welcome, as long as they’re on a fixed lead (or in a carrier) and have proof of age-appropriate rabies vaccines.

Who is training who?

posted August 7th, 2014 by
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We are nearing the end of summer and everyone in my house is getting a little anxious and antsy for our usual routines that come with the school year.

The other afternoon I decided to kill two birds with one stone and attempted to keep my boys and toddler all entertained at the same time. It seemed like a great idea to teach my toddler how to give commands to our two Bostons and reward their behavior with treats.

While I definitely accomplished my initial goal of keeping everyone entertained for the afternoon, I think I also stumbled on to a great exercise as far as teaching my daughter patience with our animals and teaching our animals to listen to our toddler.

At first, things were a little chaotic and it was a free for all with my toddler yelling ‘sit!’ while making it rain treats on the dogs. Once I regained possession of the treat bag and a little control, we started to make some progress.

We kept it simple. Sit. Stay. Lie down. At the end, we added high-five for fun. I had my daughter say the command and use a hand signal at the same time (sometimes toddlers are hard to understand!). This was an easy refresher for my boys, they have been through training before. Admittedly, around the time my daughter was born, we stopped practicing so much.

My dogs loved having the attention of my toddler and got some extra stimulation (and a lot of extra treats!). My daughter got to see what it was like to be in charge and tell someone else what to do, with the added bonus of experiencing the frustration of not being listened to. I don’t think she liked it!

Both toddler and dogs need to work on their technique, but all in all, it was a successful afternoon and an activity we will repeat in the future!

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]