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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

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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

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918-256-7227

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New Sign – New Direction

posted August 21st, 2017 by
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New Sign – New Direction

 

New SignWhen you drive past 628 Wilson – look at the new sign.  It shows our van, PAAS Ride to Rescue, Pets for Life, our phone number and the very important words 
“Pets for Life  Resource Center  918-240-7950”.

Two years ago our mission stated we would save thousands of homeless pets.  And, today, we are – – it’s just not the way it was originally envisioned.  As a transfer station, 30 – 45+ dogs (and some cats) head to a new home in Colorado every Tuesday night.  As a result, you see fewer homeless dogs and cats roaming the streets of Vinita.  Our Oklahoma partners, many of them municipal shelters, no longer face over-crowding in their kennels.  At the moment 28 rescues/shelters are our Oklahoma partners.  Many of them, in turn, rescue from other shelters/rescues – – so 35+ in total are part of our transfer program.  And the number continues to grow as the good word spreads.

A huge thanks goes to the PAAS Board who was willing to let us find a solution.  Next are our donors, each  and every one makes a difference in the life of one of our rescues.  Grants play a key role in the funding and growth of our programs.  Partnerships with organizations like Dumb Friends League of Colorado provide a destination point.  And, last, but most importantly, a staff of 7 make the organization run like a well-oiled machine. 

Our next goal is expansion of the NOCC inmate/shelter dog training program.  We now have two training organizations selecting dogs from our program.  One is in training for a young person with Asperger’s  and one has passed the high standard to be trained as a mobility dog (think open doors, close doors, pick up things on the floor). 

It’s an exciting time to be at PAAS

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

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918-256-7227

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In a Perfect World

posted May 13th, 2017 by
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In a Perfect World

 

I don’t mean perfect no flaws, but manageable reality that brings a smile to my face.

We’ve been open 2 years and 1 month.  Our direction is different – but it is working and the options for homeless/unwanted dogs and cats is improving.  We’re not to perfect, yet, but I can see “manageable reality” down the road.  Two years ago I didn’t even want to look down the road. 

From my point of view – these are the components of manageable reality for most of us in rescue.

#1)      Low-cost spay/neuter programs for those who are income qualified.  Thanks to grants we now offer this program to the outlying areas around Vinita that include Bernice, Disney, Ketchum, Langley, Cleora, Welch, Pryor, Miami, Fairland, Afton and Bluejacket.

#2)      A long-term investment in the community to help all pet owners keep their pets, be sure they are “fixed” (spayed/neutered), and up-to-date on shots.  Thanks to a grant from Pets For Life, this is a manageable reality in Vinita.  You will see our little van sprinting around town on a mission.  If Lacee (Pets for Life representative) knocks on your door – she really is there to help!!!

#3)      Expanded partner relationships with municipal and 501©3 rescues.  The system is simple, the protocols are reasonable and the outcomes are wonderful. Our dogs (and occasionally cats), arrive at Dumb Friends League in Denver or the Buddy Center at Castle Rock and, within days, are in their new homes.  The pictures and stories we get validates the success.

Two years ago I would have never imagined this journey.  Fortunately, we were open to new ideas and solutions, the Board of Directors was supportive, the grantors understood the value of the programs, and we’ve developed a system that works.

Frankly, Mark Zuckerberg has no idea how much help Facebook is for all of us in rescue. It keeps us connected and provides a platform that is easy to navigate.

So – we’re close the manageable reality.  And that feels good.

PAAS is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization. Donations are tax-deductible; checks may be mailed to PAAS, P.O. Box 491, Vinita, OK 74301 or by credit card on our website at paasvinita.com. For more information, call 918-256-7227.

 

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Kay Stout, Director 

PAAS Vinita

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918-256-7227

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Supply and Demand

posted March 18th, 2017 by
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Supply and Demand

Supply and Demand

Supply and DemandThere is a direct correlation between supply and demand.  A long time ago, there were Cabbage Patch dolls.  My daughter was the target age at that time and, yes, her world included one of the dolls.  Were they overpriced – – yes; did they remain a collector’s item – no; did supply eventually exceed demand –  – yes.  The same philosophy applies to limited edition cars, trucks, jewelry, and clothing.  Yes I have one expensive purse.   Is the brand as expensive today as it was 10 years ago – – No, not even close.  The supply eventually outnumbered the demand, other purses caught the attention of women and today you can buy one of the purses at a reasonable price.

This correlation also applies to dogs and cats in rural Oklahoma.  There is a consistent over-supply of cute, adorable, big, little, fluffy dogs and sweet, purring cats.  Because the supply far outweighs the demand, their value in the marketplace is diminished in Oklahoma.  Thankfully for all of us involved in rescue, the demand outstrips the supply in other states.  As a result, every week hundreds of Oklahoma dogs (and many cats) find themselves in a van, the back of an SUV, or riding shot-gun – headed to their new home. 

An example is Miss Dixie and her puppies.  She was homeless.  Fortunately, for her and her puppies, she was rescued and gave birth at the Richardson Birthing Center. Fast forward several weeks.  Miss Dixie and her puppies arrived at Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colorado.  Within a week all of them (including Miss Dixie) had new homes.  They have a demand, we have the supply.

We are working very hard to diminish the over-supply.  Once that happens, Oklahoma dogs and cats will have a higher value.  We’re working very hard to make this a reality.