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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Dr.  Jones, OK  73049

(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267

[email protected] www.blazesequinerescue.com

Federal I.D. 43-2024364

 

June 28, 2016

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses.  We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability.  We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses.  Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases.  We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases.  We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.

 

Rescues:

 

It’s been a busy year with assisting several rural county sheriff’s office this year.  We assisted with 2 extreme cruelty cases in March and April.  In March we assisted Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office with a seizure of 9 horses.  We arrived to find horses in extremely emaciated condition and 3 dead horses on the property.  We removed the 9 horses but knew several were in critical condition.  Unfortunately, we lost one just a few days after the seizure.  She was just too tired and weak and she seemed to have already given up when we arrived.  We prayed she would pull through once she saw she was safe and had fresh water and food.  The remaining 8 horses have been doing well and thriving. 

 

We also assisted Blaine County Sheriff’s Office with a seizure involving 8 horses and 26 cattle.  This was a devastating scene as we found so many dead animals, that it came to a point that we had trouble keeping count.  The amount of bones and full carcasses we found was completely devastating.  We counted roughly 46 dead cows, and the remains of horses were hard to determine, but we believe we found at least 6.  We don’t typically do cattle rescue, but we wanted to help and decided that we could stretch our means and help out, so that we could get all those animals to safety.  Everyone is still on the road to recovery, but doing well. 

 

So far for this year, we have rescued 32 horses and 26 cattle.  Adoptions are down and we are desperately asking for anyone interested in adding a horse to your family, to please come visit the horses in our program.  We are currently caring for 123 horses and have many nice horses that desperately need their forever, loving home.  We are also asking for donations to assist with training of a few of the green broke horses that have been here for over a year.  If we can get these guys off to training that would enhance their adoptability.  Sadly, our needs don’t stop there, we also need donations to care for the horses in our program.  We have experienced several medical needs this year, several foundered horses, a crypt-orchid that required surgery at OSU, several eye injuries, which one resulted in having surgery to remove the eye and so much more.  The daily cost to care for these beautiful creatures can become quite taxing.  Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.  Every little bit helps tremendously!  We currently have 123 horses in our program.  Your generosity has helped us save over 1326 horses and 26 cattle.  We can’t thank you enough!  Here are just a few of our current rescues that need your support. 

 

Apricot came into our rescue program on April 04, 2016.  Apricot came from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office along with 7 other horses and 26 cattle as a cruelty case.  Sadly, help came too late for so many other cows and horses.  These beautiful animals have been ignored for far too long.   Apricot is a Beautiful, Palomino, Quarter Horse, Mare.  Apricot is estimated to be 20 years of age.  Apricot is extremely emaciated, body score of a 1, infested with internal and external parasites.  Apricot is a sweet girl, but takes her a minute to warm up to attention.  She hasn’t received much hands on attention in her life and it is clear that everything we do for our horses, she isn’t used too. This sweet girl has a long road of recovery ahead of her.  She is slowly gaining weight.  Please consider making a donation towards Apricot’s Rehabilitation.

 

Felicity came into our rescue program on March 18, 2016.  Felicity came from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office along with 8 other horses.  Sadly, help came too late for 3 horses that suffered and died a slow death of starvation and neglect.  The sadness each horse exhibited during the seizure was truly heartbreaking.  Many of them seemed to believe that they would die on that property just like their pasture mates.  Felicity is a Beautiful, Sorrel, Quarter Horse, Mare.  Felicity is estimated to be 4 years of age.  Felicity is extremely emaciated, body score of a 1, and infested with internal/external parasites.  Felicity is such a sweet girl and slowly gaining weight.  This sweet girl has a long road of recovery ahead of her.  Please consider making a donation towards Felicity’s Rehabilitation.

 

Adoptable Horse of the Month:

 

 Ridley is a beautiful, Sorrel/White, Paint, Mare.  She is estimated to be 9 years of age.  She has received an extensive amount of training with Kelci Goad of Saddle Up Horsemanship.  She is an excellent trail horse and really enjoys trail riding.  She seems to be in her element when hitting the trails.  Ridley loves attention, she is always quick to come up and visit with you.  She would make someone an excellent addition to their family.  If you are looking for an awesome trail riding partner, please schedule an appointment to come visit this sweet girl.  She has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, teeth floating, and hoof maintenance.  Her adoption fee is $800.00.  Remember, our adoption fee’s go back into our program to help the next horse that comes to our rescue.  When you adopt a horse, you save 2 lives.  The one you adopted and the one you opened space up for a rescue to come in. 

 

  Hi Hopes is a beautiful, Bay/White, Paint, Pony, mare.  She is estimated to be 13 years of age.  Hi Hopes is 13 hands tall.  Hi Hopes recently went through Saddle Up Horsemanship’s training camp, where Kelci has 4 young students that aspire to be horse trainers.  Hi Hopes was paired up with Halle Barker.  Halle spent a solid week from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm working with Hi Hopes and preparing her for her forever, loving home.  Halle and Hi Hopes bonded quickly and she helped Hi Hopes come out of her shell.  Halle has done a lot with this sweet girl.  Hi Hopes would be a great lead line pony, pony party pony, or for any direction you want to take her.  She just needs a family of her own where she can bond and continue to excel.  Schedule an appointment to check this sweet girl out.  She would make someone an excellent addition to their family.  Hi Hopes has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, teeth floating and hoof maintenance.  Her adoption fee is $600.00.  Remember, our adoption fee’s go back into our program to help the next horse that comes to our rescue.  When you adopt a horse, you save 2 lives.  The one you adopted and the one you opened space up for a rescue to come in.    

 

We have so many wonderful horses in our program, and so many with needs that ask for your assistance.  From horses with lameness issues that need treatment, to horses with severe fungus issues, eye injuries, emaciation, wounds, hernia surgeries, castrations, EPM treatment, squamous cell carcinoma, teeth floating, vaccinations, deworming, etc., our horses are our top priority and it takes a lot to properly care for so many rescued horses.  Whether you make a monetary donation, adopt a horse, or simply say a prayer for Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, we truly appreciate your support.

 

Because of YOU and your heartfelt generosity, we are able to save these horses and many others from an uncertain death.  We ask for your assistance as we have so many more horses in our program that need your help.  Our average monthly expenses now total $8500.00.  If you can please help us, continue to save rescued horses, please make a donation to:

 

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Drive

Jones, Oklahoma  73049

 

or you can donate on-line through paypal @

www.blazesequinerescue.com

 

Or you can contact our Veterinarian directly and apply a payment to our account

Exclusively Equine Veterinary Services at 405-973-5740

 

We are currently caring for 123 horses in our rescue program.  We have many wonderful horses that are seeking their forever, loving homes.  I hope that you will consider adopting a rescued horse.  Whether you are able to make a donation or adopt a rescued horse, both help us tremendously. 

 

Blaze’s Annual Benefit Play Day

 

We will be having our Annual Benefit Play Day on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at the Schrock Park Arena in Tuttle, Oklahoma.  Come join us for a day of family fun.  Gates open at 4:00 pm, books open at 5:00 pm and events start at 7:00 pm.  Barrels, Flags, Poles and an obstacle course.  All age groups from lead line to over 40.  NO CASH PAYOUTS!!  Participants that pre-register online will receive a play day t-shirt in their size.  Events are $10.00 each run!  Mark your calendars and plan to come out for a relaxed evening enjoying your horse.  Adopted rescued horses are encouraged to come!  All proceeds benefit Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc., Location:  Schrock Park Arena, 900 W. Main, Tuttle, Oklahoma 73089.  You can pre-register online here: http://blazes.fatcatphotos.com/blazes/playday.

 

 

Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride

You are invited to join us October 22nd, 2016 for our 7th Annual Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride at Honey Lee Ranch in Jones, Oklahoma.  You can learn more about Honey Lee Ranch at www.honeyleeranch.comCheck in begins @ 9:00 am. Guided and Self-Paced rides will begin to leave at 10:00 am.  Lunch will be served at the pavilion at 12:30 and the costume contest starts at 2:00 pm.  Come join us for treats on the trail, door prizes, drawing, and good times with friends.  All proceeds benefit the horses in our rescue program.  Pre-Registration will be available on September 1st.  Registration covers T-Shirt, Lunch, and Trail Fee’s. 

 

5th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainer’s Challenge

They say they can gentle an untrained horse.  Now, Seventeen Oklahoma Horse “Whispering” Trainers are competing to prove that point – this time with rescued horses at the 5th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainer’s Challenge on May 21, 2016.  The horses, some just 3 years old, have already struggled through the hardships of extreme neglect and abuse and will now have an opportunity to demonstrate their inspiring spirit.  The Challenge is an event designed to showcase the skills of local equine trainers, while increasing the adoptability of previously untrained rescue horses.

 

On January 9, 2016, area trainers were given an hour to observe and evaluate their potential equine partners for the competition.  We had 17 Trainer’s to kick off the event and we had 25 horses for the Trainer’s to choose from.  We don’t ever want the last trainer to pick, to feel like they were stuck with a particular horse, so there is always plenty to pick from, even if you are the last trainer to draw.  The trainer’s names were then drawn from a hat to determine selection order.  The draw went in this order:

 

  1. Christa Caho picked Rossi
  2. Jordan Connelly picked Mazie Mae
  3. Kai Fontenot picked Misty
  4. Angie Sack picked Firebug
  5. Davina Sisson picked Patch of Color
  6. Ken Hallam picked Cooter Brown
  7. Kelci Goad picked Timmy
  8. Kaidyn Lopez picked Morton
  9. Adam Miller picked Boardwalk
  10. Jules Curry picked Lasso
  11. Zeke Zacharias picked Zanetta
  12. Robert Hayes picked Valor
  13. Kami Woodard picked Fallon
  14. Scott Williams picked Lariat
  15. Greg Morris picked Halogen
  16. Christina Butler picked Nitro
  17. Abby Ocker picked Prancer

 

After the draw, the trainers are able to halter their horse and load up to start their 120 day training.  For me, it’s like watching your kids go off to college.  You get to watch these horses excel and turn into the wonderful riding partners that we knew they could be.  Of course, the challenge is just that, a challenge and sometimes these horses can really put us to the test.  But, I think that it takes great courage to know when you and a horse you are training recognize your limits.  Not all horses and trainers will get along!  Sometimes the horse and the trainer are quick to recognize the holes in each other.  So, as we approach competition, things start to change.  Sadly, we had one trainer that dropped out.  The challenge presented, Davina approached us with her concerns regarding Patch of Color. We wanted to make the situation with Patch and Davina the best we could.  Davina had accomplished so much with Patch during the 90 days she had him.  His ground manners were excellent, he loaded in a trailer and he gained the foundation he needed to become a great riding partner.  The only set back, Patch had some fear issues that resulted in bucking.  So, we wanted to take that opportunity to help Patch succeed and help Davina move forward.  We had Patch of Color evaluated and determined that he needed a strong leader to help him free up his legs, gain control of his power source and work on getting his hind end disengaged and loosen him up where he wasn’t so stiff, so that he is able to move more freely and without concern of bucking.  With the wonderful help of Greg Morris, Greg took the last 30 days and worked Patch through his rough spots.  Although this is a challenge, sometimes unique situations arise.  We always try to do what is in the best interest of our rescued horses.  Davina and Greg worked together to help Patch of Color transition into the amazing horse he is today. 

 

After the 120 days of training with these wonderful rescue horses, we all came together for competition on May 21st at the Lazy E Arena.  The energy is unlike anything else you have experienced.  The horses, The Trainer’s, our Board Members and Volunteers, and the Crowd are all excited and eager to see what each horse and trainer have prepared.  We have a full day of competition.  We kick off the event with the Choctaw Drill Team, followed by a flag ceremony with America, Why I love her, then the National Anthem sung by Jerri Hargis and a brief introduction of each Trainer and team.  Each trainer was selected in a draw for order of performance. 

 

  1. Kami Woodard with Fallon
  2. 2.  Ken Hallam with Cooter Brown
  3. Christina Butler with Nitro
  4. 4.  Adam Miller with Boardwalk
  5. Zeke Zacharias with Zanetta
  6. Jules Curry with Lasso
  7. Angie Sack with Firebug
  8. Kaidyn Lopez with Morton
  9. Greg Morris with Patch of Color
  10. 10. Greg Morris with Halogen
  11. Kelci Goad with Timmy
  12. Jordan Connelly with Mazie Mae
  13. Robert Hayes with Valor
  14. Kai Fontenot with Misty
  15. Abby Ocker with Prancer
  16. Christa Caho with Rossi
  17. Davina Sisson with Bindy

 

 

After a long day of amazing performances, it was time to announce the winners.  I certainly couldn’t do the judging.  Everyone done such an amazing job!  We had a panel of 5 judges.  After each performance, the judges turned in their score cards and we inputted the information into a computerized program that collected and calculated the scores.  And the winners are:

 

Youth Division:

  1. Abby Ocker – Team Prancer ADOPTED
  2. Jordan Connelly – Team Mazie Mae ADOPTED
  3. Adam Miller – Team Boardwalk ADOPTED
  4. Jules Curry – Team Lasso ADOPTED
  5. Kami Woodard – Team Fallon ADOPTED
  6. Kai Fontenot – Team Misty ADOPTED
  7. Kaidyn Lopez – Team Morton

 

Adult Division:

  1. Zeke Zacharias – Team Zanetta ADOPTED
  2. Christa Caho – Team Rossi ADOPTED
  3. Kelci Goad – Team Timmy ADOPTED
  4. Angie Sack – Team Firebug
  5. Christina Butler – Team Nitro ADOPTED
  6. Robert Hayes – Team Valor
  7. Greg Morris – Team Halogen ADOPTED
  8. Ken Hallam – Team Cooter Brown ADOPTED

 

Our Trainer’s Challenge is a great event.  It helps horses that wouldn’t otherwise get adopted, as typically people are looking for broke to ride horses.  If you didn’t get a chance to make it out this year, please watch for next year’s event.  We are so proud of the amazing trainer’s that help us out with our wonderful horses.  A huge thank you to our sponsors that help make this event possible.  

 

Do you want to learn more about our rescue efforts and how we operate?  We are thrilled to announce that our full documentary is now online to view.  Our documentary is 44 minutes long, there are moments of laughter, tears, and joy.  This documentary details our lives and how our rescue operates, from the seizures to the entrance of each horse to our rescue, all the way up to our fundraisers.  If you have a few moments to spare, please watch and share.  You can view our documentary here: https://vimeo.com/149973004?ref=fb-share&1

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!!  We wouldn’t be here today, without each and every one of you!!  Thank you on behalf of the entire Blaze’s Family!  So many horses would be lost without you! 

 

Over 1326 horses saved in the last 16 years!!

No Miracle Worker

posted June 24th, 2016 by
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No Miracle Worker

The 4th of July – – a day to celebrate what it means to live in America. For those who’ve served our country or lived in a third-world country – – it has a special meaning. There will be picnics, family get togethers, barbecue, homemade ice cream and fireworks – – lots and lots of fireworks.

For those of us who work in rescue, we also know it is the time, each year, that thousands of dogs are lost. The loud noises scare them; they’re in unfamiliar surroundings and they bolt; their collars with ID are not on them; their owners forgot to have them micro-chipped; they’re micro-chipped, but their owners didn’t change the registration from the shelter.

And, on July 5th the phones will start ringing. People will want to drop off a dog they found in their yard; a dog they rescued running down the street; a dog someone dumped in their neighborhood. Likewise, all of us will get calls from frantic pet owners, all too frequently, demanding that we find their dog NOW.

Here’s where the rubber meets the road and it gets interesting. No shelter, no rescue, no one can take in all the dogs that are homeless in this area. Why??? Because there are too many homeless dogs already in shelters and rescues.

There is literally No Room in the Inn.

Soooo – – we will celebrate along with our family and friends, then come to work on Tuesday July 5th, take a deep breath and get ready. Tragically, it happens every year and in areas, like northeast Oklahoma, where there are thousands of homeless dogs and cats – – rescuers will bear the brunt of unhappy adults who expect a Miracle.

And

There Is No Miracle Worker

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

No Miracle Worker

Reward offered in Oklahoma City cat cruelty case

posted June 22nd, 2016 by
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The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­abandoning 24 cats in four small pet carriers, leaving them to starve and suffocate to death in sweltering summer temperatures in Oklahoma City.

This HSUS’ reward is in addition to $2,500 offered by the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals to make the total reward $7,500.

The Case: According to news reports, on June 10, Oklahoma City Animal Welfare discovered the pet carriers thrown behind tall grass in a field near the intersection of S. MacArthur Road and Newcastle Road.

Reports suggest the carriers were thrown from a vehicle while the animals were still alive. Workers removed two dozen dead cats: three from the first crate, seven from the second crate, six from the third crate and eight from the final crate.

Based on the conditions of their bodies and the maggots in the cages, officers estimate the cats were in the field for one week.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

The HSUS recently conducted a series of trainings on animal cruelty laws and how to handle animal cruelty cases from first response to prosecution for more than 700 law enforcement personnel across the state of Oklahoma.

Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma senior state director for The HSUS said: “Abandoning these animals to die a slow and excruciating death is a despicable act of animal cruelty. We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this heinous crime.”

Jamee Suarez, president of the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals said: “It is a truly callous individual who would pack these innocent cats into tiny carriers, toss them along a roadside like garbage and then drive away to let them starve to death.”

The Investigators: The Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division is investigating and asks anyone with information about the case to call 405-297-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The National Sheriffs’ Association and The HSUS launched ICE BlackBox, a free smartphone tool, to allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution.

The HSUS doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

A Rewarding Week

posted May 28th, 2016 by
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It’s been a rewarding week – – a week to look back, reflect and realize we are making a difference.  And, best of all, it’s the week Xavier went to his forever home.  He’d been with us a long, long time.

I had the privilege of telling our story to the Vinita Rotary Club on Wednesday. I gave them our year in review and the exciting new programs we now have – – –  there are no words to describe the feeling of acceptance and validation I received.

A Rewarding WeekIn a little more than one year, 800+ animals have been touched by PAAS in some way – – – adoption, out-of-state transport, low cost spay/neuter, feral cat Trap/Neuter/Release.  We’re making a difference – and people are taking notice.

Xavier has been with us for a year.  Smart dog, loves people, tolerates cats and accepts other dogs.  For some reason, people just kept walking past him – or not selecting him for transport.  Yes, he has a square face – yes pit bulls have square faces – but so do lots of other dogs.  Then, on Thursday, his new owner walked through our door – looked at our dogs and chose Xavier.  Picture is below.

Also on Thursday, we had our first graduates from the training program at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center.  The program is off to an excellent start and the next class will be 5 dogs – 10 inmates will be selected to work/train them.  The pictures show Xavier and his new Dad, and Jackson & George with their trainers.

Yes – – – it’s been a good week.

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

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Pet Prevention: Saving Homeless Pets

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Pet Prevention: Saving Homeless Pets

By Kiley Roberson

IN every community throughout the country, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6 to 8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. According to the Humane Society of the United States, barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized. These were healthy, sweet pets that could have made great companions.
We have thousands of homeless animals in our shelters right here in Oklahoma. These are not the offspring of homeless “street” animals—these are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets and even purebreds. Oklahoma, like most states, has several animal rescue groups, adoptions centers and more, but one local organization says it’s not enough.
Anita Stepp is the president of NeuterSooner, an organization that provides low-cost options for people to have their pets spayed or neutered. She says rehoming the animals isn’t solving the initial problem.
“We have rescued and sheltered far more pets than we can count, and the problem was still staring back at us,” Anita says. “So we decided to change our focus and solve the problem by prevention.”
NeuterSooner was founded in Bartlesville in 2009 as a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals by offering low-cost spay/neuter programs to those who can’t afford the cost. Neuter-Sooner sells spay/neuter vouchers available to families with incomes less than $40,000 annually. Cost for the vouchers is based on family income.
“We were concerned about the number of pets ending up in the Tulsa City Shelter and having to be killed,” Anita says. “There was a need for more spay and neuter services that were easily accessible and affordable. NeuterSooner decided to help fill that need by providing mobile spay neuter clinics in the Tulsa area.”
Oklahoma Alliance for Animals agreed to help fund the clinics, and NeuterSooner has partnered with five regional veterinary clinics to provide the spay/neuter surgeries.
Today, NeuterSooner has spayed or neutered more than 2,200 pets at clinics in Bartlesville, Tulsa, Dewey, Ochelata, Ramona, Skiatook, Nowata, Cleveland, Jennings and Broken Arrow. Even with this success, Anita says there is still a lot to do.
“The need is so great, and we need help, too,” she says. “We can always use more volunteers at the clinics. We especially need people who can answer phone calls, do the scheduling, help with set up and clean up afterward. Donations are also needed to help make spay/neuter services affordable.”
The decision to spay or neuter your pet can be the single best decision you make for his or her long-term welfare. Not only does spaying or neutering help control the pet population, but it also has positive health and behavioral benefits for pets. According to the Humane Society of the United States, neutered male dogs live 18 percent longer than unneutered male dogs, and spayed female dogs live 23 percent longer than unspayed female dogs.
Part of the reduced lifespan of unaltered pets can be attributed to their increased urge to roam, exposing them to fights with other animals, getting struck by cars and other mishaps.
Another contributor to the increased longevity of altered pets involves the reduced risk of certain types of cancers. Unspayed female cats and dogs have a far greater chance of developing pyometra (a fatal uterine infection), uterine cancer and other cancers of the reproductive system.
Medical evidence indicates that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as 8 weeks old.
Male pets that are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer, and it is thought that they have lowered rates of prostate cancer as well.
Veterinarians also suggest that spaying and neutering pets can help curb bad behavior. Unneutered dogs are much more assertive and prone to urine-marking (lifting of leg) than neutered dogs. Although it is most often associated with male dogs, females may do it, too. Spaying or neutering your dog should reduce urine-marking and may stop it altogether.
For felines, the urge to spray is extremely strong in an intact cat, and the simplest solution is to get yours neutered or spayed by 4 months of age before there’s even a problem. Neutering solves 90 percent of all marking issues, even in cats that have been doing it for a while. It can also minimize howling, the urge to roam and fighting with other males.
In both cats and dogs, the longer you wait, the greater the risk you run of the surgery not doing the trick because the behavior is so ingrained.
When you factor in the long-term costs potentially incurred by a non-altered pet, the savings afforded by spay/neuter are clear, especially with the help of low-cost spay/neuter clinics like NeuterSooner.
Caring for a pet with reproductive system cancer or pyometra can easily run into the thousands of dollars—five to 10 times as much as a routine spay surgery. Additionally, unaltered pets can be more destructive or high-strung, destroying furniture, household items and fighting with other unaltered pets.
With all this in mind, NeuterSooner says the answer is clear. If we want empty shelters and healthy pets, prevention is key. And the “Sooner,” the better!
You can find out more about Neuter- Sooner on their website (neutersooner.org) or give them a call at (918) 332-6341.

State Question 777

posted May 11th, 2016 by
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State Question 777 is bad for Oklahoma communities and farmers

State Question 777By Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker

Protecting the environment and our precious natural resources are priorities for me as Chief of America’s largest tribal nation. Through our traditional values we embrace our natural world. It’s so important to me and the Cherokee people that we recently named the tribe’s first ever Secretary of Natural Resources. This will ensure the next seven generations of Cherokee people have continued access to all that we have today – clean air, abundant fresh water and fertile land where we can grow our crops and raise our livestock.
Sadly, State Question 777 contradicts what we hold so dearly for our air and water and land. The proposed change would add a new section to the Oklahoma Constitution that would prevent our elected policymakers from passing any law that “abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology and livestock production and ranching practices without a compelling state interest.” However, Oklahoma law already protects farmers, and this constitutional amendment is not needed.
Corporate farming interests want to use our state and our valuable resources without being subject to any state regulation or oversight. That’s irresponsible, and all of us have a God-given obligation to protect what we hold so dearly.
Oklahoma has already seen polluted water from concentrated animal feeding operations. There is no reason to believe that tying the hands of the legislature will make Oklahomans more safe or prosperous.
We have to take our stewardship of our world and our future seriously. As our Cherokee elders have taught us and we must teach our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Mother Earth is what sustains us all and God has created us to live in harmony with the rest of creation.
This proposed constitutional amendment will only serve to shield that small percentage of corporate agricultural operators who seek profit at the expense of others and will deplete our natural resources. State Question 777 would allow a large and poorly run hog operation to move in next door to your family’s farm, and there will be no recourse for the contamination of your water or the depletion of your resources. There may not be a compelling state interest involved, leaving your family’s investment and land utterly destroyed.
Unregulated practices could happen on land next door to our jurisdiction and affect land, water and wildlife located inside the Cherokee Nation in the heart of Indian Country.
Locally here in Oklahoma, we have witnessed the gradual demise of family agriculture as a result of the modern movement of mass-grown food production. In typical fashion, proponents of this issue are cloaking it in buzz words that will appeal and confuse voters. Oklahomans already have the right to farm. This is about a larger profit for a small amount of corporate agricultural companies, pure and simple.
In essence, it would not only take away the power of the legislature and municipal governments to regulate agricultural practices and our rights to legal recourse, it effectively takes away the power of the people to vote on changes.
Things in the agricultural world change, and this amendment would hamper our abilities to respond to new threats. In the 1920s, state farmers tilled up huge swaths of land in the Oklahoma panhandle to grow wheat. Then in the 1930s, Oklahomans began to realize this common agricultural practice was leading the entire country toward an environmental disaster. Lawmakers were able to respond. With this constitutional amendment, the Oklahoma legislature will be unable to make new laws to protect Oklahoma citizens from agricultural practices that are hurting Oklahoma families and communities.
Even if the legislature does make a new law to protect Oklahomans, they may find themselves hopelessly tied up in court against big agricultural companies and conglomerates who are happy to waste taxpayer money on frivolous litigation while their companies continue to rake in huge profits at the expense of ordinary Oklahomans. As anyone can see from looking at the Illinois River litigation, courts are no place to get quick answers to important questions when your community is being impacted by pollution.
This state question is designed to be exploited by huge agribusiness and corporate farms. Dodging oversight and polluting our land and water are not in the heart of what an Oklahoma farmer is all about, and they are most definitely not at the heart of what it is to be Cherokee.
I hope you will join me in voting no against 777 in November.