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Intersection – Oklahoma Link Coalition Conference

posted October 25th, 2017 by
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Oklahoma City Conference on November 7

Will Address the Link Between Animal and Human Abuse

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at the Oklahoma History Center, professionals from across Oklahoma will engage in a day-long discussion about the link between animal abuse and the cycle of family and societal violence. Called INTERSECTION, the conference is presented by the Oklahoma Link Coalition and Kirkpatrick Foundation; the event costs $15 and includes lunch. The conference will offer six CLEET hours (including two mental health), 6.5 CEUs for Oklahoma-licensed social workers, and 6.5 CEUs for Oklahoma-licensed veterinarians. We have capacity for 110 registrants and only twenty seats remain available. Check in begins at 9:30 a.m. with the first session at 10 a.m.; the day concludes at 4:15 p.m. A special announcement will take place at noon. If you are interested in attending the event, please follow this link and register now: http://www.oklahomalinkcoalition.org/events.html.

As you no doubt know, acts of animal cruelty are often the predictors and indicators of escalating violence against the human members of the family, with serious implications for society as well. Since its inception in June 2014, the Oklahoma Link Coalition’s mission has been to promote advocacy, cross-training, and networking across disparate fields and spreading awareness of “the Link” to as many professionals as possible, as well as to the public. INTERSECTION presenters include:

Randall Lockwood, PhD Senior VP for Forensic Sciences and Anti- Cruelty Projects, ASPCA

Melinda Merck, DVM leading forensic veterinarian

Dr. Mary Anne McCaffree, MD neonatologist and member of the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse

Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director of the Humane Society of the Unites States

Diana Webster, president of the Native America Humane Society; Steve Kunzweiler, Tulsa County District Attorney; and Lt. Kimberly Teachman, Oklahoma City Police Department

Training on the AniCare Model of Treatment for Animal Abuse, the first professionally developed psychological intervention program for adults and children who have abused animals.

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Looking Back – Moving Forward

posted October 22nd, 2017 by
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Looking Back – Moving Forward

 

Two years ago PAAS had just begun to transport dogs (and a few cats) out-of-state.  It was a difficult time of transition.  PAAS had been conceived as a local rescue that would adopt dogs and cats locally.  The reality did not match the dream.

Looking BackIt wasn’t an easy transition for those who’d worked so hard and believed in the dream of PAAS as a local adoption center.  They cared enough to change their perception and help PAAS become a regional transport center, Pets for Life center for Vinita residents and a Pet Over-Population resource for those who live outside Vinita.  In addition, the inmate/shelter program at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center is changing the lives of the inmates, their families and the dogs who graduate with a Canine Good Citizen certificate to go on to further training to be certified as a service/therapy dog.

Mixed amongst the progress are wonderful stories.  Here are a couple.

Looking BackRecently, a very scared, very pregnant Miss Bailey arrived at the shelter.  She was so terrified in the shelter, she would not walk on a leash, her tail was tucked and she shook.  Fast forward to our Birthing Center Angels at the Richardson/Rexwinkle Birthing Center.  Once she knew she was safe, she delivered 11 puppies – took wonderful care of them – and is now living the good life in Colorado.  Her puppies also went to Colorado and were adopted as soon as their pictures were up on the Dumb Friends League site.  We really celebrated when Miss Bailey also found her new home – who could resist those beautiful eyes.

And then there’s Copper.  He came to us from the Vinita pound.  Small, chunky guy – long in the tooth (older) – who liked a few and tolerated everyone else.  Fortunately, he decided Avis was going to be his new Mom.  Not sure Avis understood that at first – but it quickly became apparent wherever Avis went – here came Copper.  And, oh good lord, did he let all of us know when she went home at night – he was not a happy camper.  Yes you know the rest of this story – Avis saw the light and adopted Copper!!!!

Equally important is that of the 2,300+ dogs who’ve traveled to Dumb Friends League via the PAAS transport – not one of them will either a) have puppies or  b) be the father of a litter.  If you even try to do the math on how many puppies could have been born if the 2,300 dogs had not been “fixed” – it becomes very clear.

Kay Stout, Director 

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]

918-256-7227

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Dr. Carlos Risco is new OSU Veterinary Dean

posted October 20th, 2017 by
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Oklahoma State names Dr. Carlos Risco Center for Veterinary Health Sciences dean

 

(STILLWATER, Okla., October 20, 2017) – The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents today approved the appointment of Dr. Carlos A. Risco as dean of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. He is expected to assume his position in March.

Carlos RiscoRisco is currently at the University of Florida where he serves as a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve as dean,” Risco said. “The strong culture of scholarship, outstanding curriculum and the multidisciplinary approach to improve both animal and human health has led to the excellent reputation of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

“This reputation makes Oklahoma State a place where students want to attend,” Risco said. “As dean, I look forward to working with our talented faculty and staff to continue progress in the center’s role as a regional, national and international leader in veterinary medical education, research, and service.”

OSU Provost and Senior Vice President Gary Sandefur said, “We are pleased to have Dr. Risco join the OSU team. He will provide strong vision and leadership for our excellent veterinary program. I want to thank Vice President Thomas Coon and members of the search and screening committee for leading our national search and identifying an outstanding pool of candidates. I also appreciate Chris Ross and his solid leadership as interim dean.”

Risco received his DVM degree in 1980 from the University of Florida and advanced clinical training as an intern in private dairy practice at the Chino Valley Veterinary Associates in California. He is a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists.

From 1982 to 1990, he was a full partner at Chino Valley Veterinary Associates, a nine-veterinarian dairy practice. In 1990, he joined the faculty at the University of Florida as an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Risco’s main research focus pertains to metabolic disorders and reproductive management of dairy cows.

 

CONTACT: Gary Shutt | OSU Communications | 405-744-4800 | [email protected]

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years. 

 

Derinda D. Blakeney, APR

Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator

Oklahoma State University

Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

308 McElroy Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078

(405) 744-6740 (office)

(405) 744-5233 (fax)

(405) 612-4019 (mobile)

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Socks – – It’s why we transfer

posted October 1st, 2017 by
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Socks – – It’s why we transfer

SocksWhen you walk by kennels in a shelter, it is loud and, for the most part, heart-breaking.  Each dog is either wagging their tail, jumping on the door, or cowered in the corner because they’re terrified.  All of them want the same thing – – a home – – a place where they will be loved, fed and have a safe place to sleep.  For me, personally, it is very difficult to walk past cages when I know I can’t take them home.

Socks is an example.  For one year (365 days/nights) he sat in a kennel at a shelter.  Yes, he was fed/watered/exercised.  Yes, he had a safe place to sleep.  But it wasn’t a home – and that’s what he wanted – – – a home!!!!  He got along with other dogs, was full of boundless energy and ready to give and receive love.

The shelter where he lived is one of our transfer partners. On September 19th, he made the long overnight trip to Dumb Friends League in Colorado.  Here’s the really, really good part – in just 2 days he went to his new home!!!  I can only imagine how happy he was.  365 days/nights – and overnight ride – – and, finally, a home!!!

As long as there’s a surplus of adoptable dogs (and cats) in Oklahoma, one of the best solutions is out-of-state transfer to a trusted partner.  Yes – 25+ dogs (and sometimes cats) leave our facility every Tuesday night.  But if you count the animals from all of the other shelters/rescues in Oklahoma that leave on many different travel routes – – there’s easily 100+ every week – – probably more if we could identify all of them.  Many of them are like Socks, homeless/abandoned  – just waiting to find a home. 

So here’s to Socks….and all those who, this week, will find themselves in a cage or in the back seat of a car/SUV – headed out-of-state to find their home.  A big thanks!!! to our partners, to Dumb Friends League and to all the rescues/shelters/transporters who help change the life for an Oklahoma pet who found themselves homeless.

Check us out at www.paasvinita.com or our Facebook page – PAASVinita.  And mark your calendar for our Poker Run, Oct 7th.  It will be fun, the prizes are awesome and you’ll be helping us save more lives.

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]

918-256-7227

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TBS Factoring Service Cuts Ribbon

posted September 28th, 2017 by
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TBS Factoring Service 

OKLAHOMA CITY, September 28, 2017 – Today TBS Factoring Service will cut the ribbon on its new corporate headquarters, bringing all of the company’s 200 associates and affiliated companies together under one roof. The 52,000-square-foot facility, at 7800 NW 85th Terrace, is a cozy, quirky, fun place with associates zipping around on scooters and bicycles — taking care of business, but doing it with a style all their own.

“This is a happy home,” said TBS President Jennifer Fogg. “Everybody works extremely hard here, but there’s no reason we can’t have fun doing it. A lot of workspaces are, frankly, boring. We wanted to create an environment that stimulates the imagination. That’s where big ideas come from.”

One big idea, currently in the pilot phase, is allowing associates to bring pets to work.  TBS will allow qualifying pets to remain with their humans at their work stations during the day and interact with each other in a group play area.

The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) salutes TBS for this initiative and will be attending the open house this evening along with a few fuzzy friends.

“The Central Oklahoma Humane Society’s work of ending the needless euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals in our community would not be possible without the support of generous corporations like TBS Factoring who are passionate about the welfare of animals,” said Lisa Perry, director of development for OK Humane.

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About Central Oklahoma Humane Society

The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is the largest animal-related charity in the state of Oklahoma with the goal of eliminating euthanasia in our community through pet adoption, spay and neuter, out-of-state pet relocation, community cats, and saving infants through our neonate nursery.  We are an independent 501(c) 3 non-profit unaffiliated with the Humane Society of the United States and receive no government funding or tax dollars. Visit http://www.okhumane.org to learn more.

About TBS

TBS Factoring Service makes trucking easier with technology and services to help drivers get established, stay compliant, find loads and get paid faster. Based in Oklahoma City, OK the TBS family of companies — which also includes Truckers Bookkeeping, TBS Capital Funding and Elite Dispatch — has over 50 years’ experience serving motor carriers with a wide range of services to handle everything but the driving. Voted one of the best places to work in Oklahoma, TBS is driving change in transportation with its commitment to digital transformation.

Play by the Rules

posted September 24th, 2017 by
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Play by the Rules – It Works

My son played soccer, baseball and football in high school – three sports – three different sets of rules, coaches, players.  When I asked him if he had any trouble changing sports/coaches – – he said “No”. Next question – did he like everyone on each team “No”  – – and most importantly, why did he adjust to each sport’s rules, coaches, referees, players, the weather, et al.  He gave me that “look” that teenagers have perfected and said (with great exasperation) “Mom, I want to play the game.”

Those six words I want to play the game were the deciding factor for him.

PlayFourteen months ago, we began in earnest to transport homeless dogs (a few cats) from northeast Oklahoma to Dumb Friends League in Colorado.  We just surpassed the 2000 mark!!!!  And, it’s worked so well because we all play by the same rules.

Dumb Friends League sets the standard.  And, yes, at first we would gritch about it – but quickly realized they knew what they were doing.  Today we have more than 15 area rescues/shelters who collaborate with us so every Tuesday evening 30+ dogs (and sometimes a few cats) head to a new home in Colorado.  All of our partners follow the guidelines established by Dumb Friends League.  And, yes, for some of them it is hard to follow new rules- and, yes, we understand – – but in the end when everyone plays by the same rules – more lives are saved. 

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma saw large organizations collaborate, work together and, consequently save the lives of thousands of pets – including a pot belly pig.  They agreed on the rules they were going to follow, got to work and “got ‘er done”.

So, yes, we follow the rules – – yes it works – – and yes – – when you do follow the rules everyone wins.  Like the rules – – don’t have to – – just follow them.

Your son/daughter will accept an umpire/referee’s call – – play a position the coach gives them – – and wear a uniform in all kinds of weather – – to play the game. 

Well, it works for rescue as well.

Kay Stout, Director 

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]

918-256-7227

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