Animal Advocacy

Collaboration in Rescue

posted October 12th, 2015 by
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Collaboration in Rescue

CollaborationCollaboration works – – just visit downtown OKC. If you think the people behind the MAPS program always agree – – you’re wrong. What they do agree on is rebuilding OKC, they’re willing to work collaboratively – and they’ve been more than successful.

I’m constantly dismayed at the verbal shots fired by people in rescue to and about other rescue organizations. The dogs and cats do not care WHO saves them – so long as somebody does.

Many people involved in rescue are there for all the right reasons.  They want to find new homes for as many animals as possible.  From there it moves slowly in an arc until you are working with people who truly care about the animals in their rescue and have a policy of only adopting after a home visit.

When it comes to those who rescue cats – the range is from those who feel passionately they should always be in-house pets. At the other end of the spectrum are the farmers and ranchers who need barn cats – – they really do.  If there is one common ground it is declawing – – I almost never, ever talk to someone who believes in this painful process.

Add to the mix the transport out-of-state for rescued dogs.  Some go by plane, some by car caravans – which is fascinating to see how 5 to 10+ people, using social media, will transport one or more dogs long distances to new homes.  In addition there are rescues, both shelter and foster, who send dogs to out-of-state shelters that need, yes need, dogs.  Here’s where the disconnect and sometimes nonprofessional bashing comes in to play.  Not sure why – it certainly doesn’t help the dogs.

I believe rescue can be as successful as downtown OKC – – we’re Oklahomans and we can work together.  I’ve seen it first hand – – downtown Oklahoma City.

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

The Cats in the Neighborhood

posted October 6th, 2015 by
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The Cats in the NeighborhoodSoon it will be winter – and rescues will be inundated with phone calls from concerned citizens.  Their concern will be the cats / kittens living in colonies in their neighborhood.  Each phone call will start and/or end with “Can you help me” or “Can I bring the 8, 18, 28, 4, 6 cats/kittens in today”.

Ninety nine percent of the time we’ll have to say “No, I’m sorry”.  It isn’t always about space.  It’s about supply and demand.  Yes there’s a supply – No there’s no demand.

When I recently spoke to a group of women, I challenged them to work with their neighbors, find a veterinarian who would understand their goal, go door-to-door to raise funds (and awareness), then spay/neuter (FIX) all the stray cats/kittens in their neighborhoods.  Fortunately, one of the members lived in a community that had recently done just that.  And………… the result…………. There are no hurt, hungry, ill cats/kittens facing a cold winter.

A fellow Rotarian told us “Inch by inch, anything is a cinch”.  Hmmm – – -he’s right.  Too often everyone sees the big picture – – cats running everywhere.  But they do not take that first step to fix the problem.  Yes, it is easier to complain, yes it is easier to call someone else to fix the problem.  The real answer is – – it starts with YOU – – everyone who’s reading this blog.

So go on a campaign in your neighborhood, find a veterinarian who will work with you and get the cats/kittens “fixed”.  You can significantly reduce the overpopulation (and suffering) of too many cats in too many places.

Kay Stout, Ex Director  PAAS Vinita  e [email protected]  981-256-7227

Dogtober for half-price dog adoptions

posted October 1st, 2015 by
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AdoptionsOctober is when nature puts on its grandest display of eye-popping colors, and you can help make it ‘Dogtober’ for the OKC Animal Shelter’s colorful canines by taking advantage of half-price dog adoptions.

Whether it’s a red cocker spaniel, a brindle terrier or a chocolate lab, the shelter’s adoptable dogs are in need of good homes.

“Dogs brighten our lives with their warmth and companionship,” said Animal Welfare Superintendent Julie Bank. “What could be more fun than frolicking in the autumn air with your new canine companion?”

But while it might be tempting to choose a new dog because of its golden locks, rust-colored kiss marks on its cheeks or a pair of dark, chocolate eyes, it’s important to consider lots of factors when adopting a dog. Be sure to choose a dog at the right age, size and temperament for your situation.

All adoptable pets at the Animal Shelter are up-to-date on vaccinations, treated for worms and spayed or neutered. The Animal Shelter, 2811 SE 29, is open for adoptions every day but holidays from noon to 5:45 p.m. Visit for more information.

Stay in touch with the City and Animal Welfare, which will have numerous outreach and adoption events this fall:

Watch City Channel 20 on Cox Cable or live anywhere on YouTube.

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]


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.

Fund Raising Funding Nonprofits Aspca Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA PHS/SPCA American SPCA