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Walking the No-Kill Line

posted September 25th, 2015 by
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CatsMost non-profit dog/cat rescues will advertise they are a “no kill”.  And, with few exceptions, that statement is true – – – for that rescue.  However, it doesn’t solve the problem of dog/cat over population.  The organizations faced with this reality are the municipal shelters/pounds that, by law, have to accept homeless, owner surrender, at-large animals.  Some municipal shelters are required to accept all animals that are homeless within their jurisdiction.  Can these shelters be “no-kill” – – – probably not in my lifetime.

Many rescues and shelters are no-kill of adoptable dogs/cats.  These organizations realize some animals are too injured or too sick and the humane solution is to end their suffering.  It is a decision never taken lightly and, for the most part, is done by people who truly care.

Since opening PAAS in April, we’ve been able to save 100+ dogs who’ve found homes not in Oklahoma – but in Colorado and Wyoming.  The organizations we’ve partnered with – ranging from large humane societies to foster-based – have provided a solution for 100 animals who found themselves homeless.  Following other area rescues, it is safe to say that more than 200 dogs and cats leave the northeastern half of Oklahoma every month.   It’s wonderful they will find homes; it’s tragic that each month there will still be 200+ who need a home.  Puppies and kittens seem to never, ever stop entering the world in our neck of the woods.

Yes – there’s a better way.  Yes – – everyone has heard the word – – – No – – they haven’t received the message.  One more time!!!!! Spay/Neuter works – – trust me.

 

Kay Stout, Executive Director  PAAS      e: [email protected]   P: 918-256-7227

Find a Rescue, Make a Difference

posted September 18th, 2015 by
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Brandon SavannahThe PAAS mission is to find new homes for as many dogs and cats as possible – – a mission shared by other rescues in this area and this state.  And we’re doing it – – slowly but surely.  What is disheartening is that most of the homeless dogs will not find homes in Oklahoma – – but they will in Colorado and Minnesota and other destinations where they need (and want) our dogs.

Cats – – that’s a whole ‘nother issue.

Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter has been open for 4 ½ months.  By the end of September we will have sent 100+dogs out-of-state to new homes, and 30+ have been adopted locally.  I follow the Facebook page for other rescues and their stories closely match ours.  We save lives by sending them out-of-state.

How wonderful it would be to not face this problem every week – – more dogs than there are homes for them in this area.  That isn’t reality –  – not sure if it will ever be.  Until then, we’ll find new destinations out-of-state and work very hard to be able to look into the eyes of scared dogs and know they will soon be in homes where they are loved and wanted.

For those who dump dogs along the highway, throw them out of the car, or just walk away and leave the animals to fend for themselves  – – – there are no words to express how angry, disappointed and frustrated we feel when we reach out to help.  It’s probably a good thing these heartless people can’t follow our closed groups on Facebook – – we do not mince words when we need to vent.

Want to help?  It takes money, animal food, animal supplies and volunteers to make it work.  That can be said for everyone who has a rescue operation.

 

Find a Rescue – – Make a Difference

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]

918-256-7227

Who’s Helping the Animals Near You? Likely Not the ASPCA

posted September 13th, 2015 by
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As the saying goes, it’s déjà vu all over again. This weekend I received two letters from the New York City-based ASPCA. The letters were identical, although they came with different envelope stuffers. Why does this seem familiar?

Well, back in October 2010, the ASPCA sent fundraising letters throughout the San Francisco Bay Area that told the story of a dog named Brutus who had been horribly abused then rescued and treated by ASPCA. Although some organizations with national sounding names make up their stories, I have no reason to doubt the ASPCA tale of Brutus, and I have no reason to do anything but commend ASPCA for that effort and others like it that they make to save animals.

What I did take exception to then was the argument meant to encourage the reader here in the Bay Area to send donations to ASPCA. Quoting now from its text:

  1. “As you read this letter, somewhere — perhaps not far from you — someone is inflicting pain on an innocent and helpless animal.”
  2. “You may not be able to rescue that particular animal.”

3. “Please send the largest gift you can manage to help the ASPCA save animals like Brutus…”

My problem, then as now, is that ASPCA operates out of a shelter in Manhattan. Manhattan is literally a country away from the San Francisco Bay Area. If an animal “perhaps not far from you” in the Bay Area is being abused, contacting ASPCA will do nothing to help that animal. If you “send the largest gift you can manage to help the ASPCA save animals like Brutus,” that gift will do absolutely nothing to help an animal “perhaps not far from you.

Back in 2012, residents of the Bay Area started again contacting me about another fundraising letter from ASPCA, this one telling a remarkably similar story about a dog named Spike. Again, this letter included the exact same language as above, only inserting Spike’s name. Again, I have no reason to think the story untrue, but I have every reason to know that gifts from residents of the San Francisco Bay Area will not help animals here in the San Francisco Bay Area. That claim is, simply, a lie.

In 2013 and 2014 I received the same letter about Spike, which caused me to wonder: If ASPCA is doing so much to help animals, I’m sort of surprised they don’t have a more recent case to write about!

My guess is someone at the ASPCA had the same question, so perhaps no surprise that this past weekend’s two ASPCA letters now focus on a dog named Wickham. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same letter I’ve been receiving for the past five years.

ASPCA is not the “mothership” of the SPCA in your community, although presenting itself as if it is obviously proves to be an effective fundraising method for them. Shame on them. Each of the thousands of SPCAs, humane societies and animal control agencies around the country is an independent organization. Sometimes we work together, sometimes not. Sometimes we agree with each other, sometimes not. We are each of us distinct.

The letter goes on to talk about ASPCA’s work in places around the country, claiming that last year they “…traveled across the country assisting in anti-cruelty raids and disaster relief efforts… …from Miami to Sacramento and many places in between.” That’s carefully written, assuming it’s true (and I have no reason to doubt that it is) to make it seem like a coast (Miami) to coast (Sacramento) campaign. However, let’s be clear that there are a whole lot of places in between Miami and Sacramento, places with local humane societies and SPCAs and animal control agencies doing really hard and good work to help animals in their community without a stitch of help from ASPCA’s New York City-based employees.

Know who is asking for your money, and know who is spending it to help the animals near you. If you need help figuring out who that is in your community, send me an email and I’ll see if I can find the answer. Chances are it’s not ASPCA.

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Megan – it’s why we rescue

posted September 10th, 2015 by
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Megans StoryThis is Megan’s story…

I know I had a hard life until I was six years old.  That’s when a family took me in after I’d been dumped on a country road. The family was good to me – they gave me food and water and provided shelter outside.  I do not have a thick coat so it was really hard to stay warm in the cold Oklahoma winters – and cool in the hot summers – but I made it.

Fast forward six years and suddenly, without warning, I’m once again homeless.  This time, my family takes me to the Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter in Vinita, Oklahoma.  The staff was friendly, but I was terrified.  My family was leaving me, there were lots of dogs and cats in the facility and oh, my goodness, the noise.  Yes, individuals spent time with me, I was sleeping indoors (which in the summer means a lot), but at 12 years of age I just want to be loved and have a home.

One night two volunteers brought me up to the front office where I met the Director.  I couldn’t help shaking – I was just scared.  Somehow the director understood my fear and got on the phone to a friend, Stacie.  They tell me she dropped everything to come back to Vinita and pick me up.  Yes, she adopted me sight unseen!!!!!!

Today I live with lots of friendly dogs and a pot-bellied pig (it took me awhile to figure out she wasn’t a dog).  I have a comfy bed in the den and at night it’s okay if I get in bed with Stacie and Richard so I can stay warm.  JJJ.

I saw the director today and she was so glad to see me.  She knows I’m happy because my tail never quits wagging.  I’m old, I’m loved and I have a home.  Life is good for Megan.

Kay Stout, Director   PAAS Vinita  [email protected]  918-256-7227

On the road again!

posted August 27th, 2015 by
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Colo Wyo BoundGoing the extra mile to save an animal.  If you follow any rescues on facebook you know everyone who plays a role in saving an animal usually goes to the extra mile – and then some.  Certainly this week was no exception for us.

We opened April 17th, accepted our first dogs and cats on April 27th.  120 days later we have helped more than 60 dogs find their new forever homes out-of-state.  Certainly we have some local adoptions, but for most of us involved in an Oklahoma rescue, the only way we can really make an impact is if we transport out-of-state.  Is it rewarding to see our dogs quickly adopted?  Absolutely.  Is it frustrating we have too many Oklahoma dogs who need homes – it’s crazy.  What makes it even crazier is there’s a simple solution and, for some reason, too many of us (Oklahomans) aren’t ready to accept it.

The accompanying picture shows some of our dogs loaded in cages, getting ready for the trip.  Are they scared? Of course.  There’s no way to explain to them that it’s worth being scared – and riding in a cage for 12+ hours. But it is.  I’ve seen Oklahomans work together – and it is an awesome sight.  Oh – – if only – – we could do the same for our homeless dogs and cats.  If you don’t know the answer – – ask anyone in rescue – – trust me – – they’ll tell you.

 

Kay Stout, Executive Director   918-256-7227   e:  [email protected]

Supply and Demand

posted August 24th, 2015 by
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TogetherSupply and Demand

Success in the business world uses an equation based on supply and demand. Technology has enlarged the demand side for many.  Thankfully, it continues to play an ever increasing role in the success of area rescues, shelters and municipal pounds.  The heartbreak is the demand is out-of-state and the supply is in your backyard.

Equally heartbreaking is there are thousands of cats and a very limited out-ot-state demand.

It takes money, commitment and lots of people to meet the out-of-state demand for the area dogs who find themselves without a home and are fortunate enough to be rescued.  Sadly, far too many die horrible deaths from disease, injury, or worst of all, starvation.

Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter has only been fully operational since mid-May.  We’ve rescued/saved more than 100+ dogs (supply – – yup) and we have a waiting list.  The numbers tell the rest of the story.  We’ve had 26 local adoptions and 73 out-of-state.  All of the rescues rely on caring individuals who understand it takes money to make it work.  Veterinary care, food, shelter, transportation out-of-state, and for those with physical buildings – employees to keep the doors open, the floors cleaned, and the animals fed, the lights on and the heating/air conditioning operational.

The long term goal is to decrease the supply – – – everyone who reads this blog can help.  Care enough to have your family pets spayed/neutered.  Support your local shelters and rescues, help the homeless dogs and cats who end up on your doorstep.

It’s the right thing to do.  Just visit a local shelter or pound if you do not believe me.

 

Kay Stout, Executive Director,    PAAS Vinita  e:  [email protected]