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Pets and Kids

posted October 16th, 2016 by
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Pets and Kids

Pets and kids can be an amazing combination.  They can also be a disastrous combination when safety measures aren’t taken.  Here are some tips to ensure your kids and pets are the perfect pair:

~Teach your children from an early age not to pull on the ears or tails of animals.  They should also never pinch or squeeze them, or make loud noises.  Teach them to never disturb a dog while it is sleeping, eating or playing with its favorite toy.  

~Teach your child to never approach strange dogs or animals.  Always ask the owner if they can pet the animal first. 

~Never allow your child to reach through a fence to pet a dog or to tease a dog through a fence. 

~Don’t allow pets to lick your child’s face and do your best to keep animals out of a child’s face all together.

~Teach your child to be polite and kind to animals.  Don’t let them do anything to an animal you wouldn’t allow them to do to another child. 

Teaching your child to respect animals allows them the opportunity to have some amazing experiences and possibly even develop a best friend for life! 


Promises Made

posted October 9th, 2016 by
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Making a Distinction

Promises Made

PromisesPeople live longer and so do their pets.  Unfortunately, too often the pet outlives the owner and someone is left with a problem that has many options for a solution – only most of them are not realistic.

Families are frequently scattered hundreds of miles apart, have busy lives and do not feel they can take care of an elderly cat or dog that was the beloved pet of one of their parents or relatives.  When that is the case, it really helps all of us in rescue if a sibling or relative will make the necessary decisions regarding the pet’s future. Sadly, too often, that isn’t the case and it is left to a friend or neighbor.

There are no easy answers. But here are some facts that need to be considered.  Elderly dogs and cats are very difficult, if not impossible, to rehome.  Rescues are hard-pressed to find a good home for the puppies/kittens and young dogs/cats. When you call us and we listen, then explain why we can’t take the pet – it tears at our hearts.  But we also know, we have to be sure we save as many homeless dogs and cats as possible and the stark reality then means we can’t save all of them.

I can speak for PAAS and the 15+ rescues who now work with us – – we are saving 100+ dogs each month that are transferred to our partner in Colorado.  That keeps us going because we can see the positive impact it has.  We also know we can’t lose sight of that progress when faced with a phone call or conversation with someone who’s promised a friend/relative they would take care of their elderly pet, then realize it isn’t possible.

Social media can sometimes come to the rescue – especially Facebook sites.  But there’s no guarantee.  Plans and decisions should be made ahead of time – – for everyone involved.

Remember your pets have no voice – – you – – only you  – – are their voice.

Kay Stout, Director 

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]




Fall Tips for Animal Safety

posted October 6th, 2016 by
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Fall Tips for Animal Safety

1. Beware of ticks! Just because the weather is getting cool doesn’t mean the ticks are gone. In fact, several species of ticks can survive until the first frost. Keep up your flea/tick prevention to help keep your pets safe from ticks and the diseases they carry with them.
2. The incidents of poison increase during the fall and winter months. We are already seeing cases of rat poisoning this year! If you have pets, rodenticides are just not worth the risk. Seek out other solutions to rid your home of rodents.
Anit-freeze is another poison concern. Propylene glycol is used to make both anti-freeze and used to preserve moisture content in some dog foods. It is sweet tasting, leading both dogs and cats to lick the anti-freeze causing them to become ill. Check your vehicles for leaks and keep all anti-freeze secure and out of your pet’s reach.
3. Make your holiday reservations now! As the holidays approach, we get busier and busier. Get your reservations in now with your pet sitters and boarding facilities to make things easier.
4. Be careful with holiday treats! We know the hazards of chocolate but many fruits and vegetables can also be life threatening to pets. Here is a quick list of foods to avoid giving to your pet:
Alcoholic beverages
Apple seeds
Apricot pits
Cherry pits
Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
Hops (used in home beer brewing)
Macadamia nuts
Moldy foods
Mushroom plants
Mustard seeds
Onions and onion powder
Peach pits
Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
Rhubarb leaves
Tea (because it contains caffeine)
Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
Yeast dough

DIY Pet Costume Series II

posted October 1st, 2016 by
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Nicole Castillo

DIY Pet Costume Series II

This edition of our Pet Costume series comes from the dollar store! There are so many great finds at your local Dollar Tree, I don’t know where to start!

I chose a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume to retrofit for Cheyanne. This is the shell I bought at Dollar Tree. There were many accessories to go with the shell, like arm and headbands, and little weapons to complete a great outfit.

DIY Pet CostumeDIY Pet Costume

You will need:

A children’s costume turtle shell

Pack of arm and head bands, or strips of orange, red, blue, or purple fabric

Thin elastic

Needle and green thread

Plastic weapons

The shell has little arm straps like a backpack. It did not fit Cheyanne, so I used a seam ripper to take the straps off and reattached them with needle and thread. Be sure to place the straps where they will fit your pet comfortably. I held the shell on Cheyanne and marked where they needed to go.

DIY Pet CostumeDIY Pet CostumeThe arm bands would fit Cheyanne perfectly, but she does not like her legs messed with, so I won’t use them. Remember to consider your pet when creating costumes. If they don’t like their ears touched, don’t push a hat on them. If shiny fabric scares them, don’t use it. Make it fun for everyone.

For the headband, I tied a loop that would loosely fit around Cheyanne’s ears. I then sewed a piece of thin elastic to each side of the loop to hold it on her head. Now I can put the headband over her ears and under her head.

I chose the plastic ninja sai because it included the little throwing star and extra knife to add to the costume. Use your imagination and attach the weapons to the costume. Watch out for any sharp edges that may poke your pet. I attached the sai, star, and knife to the shell. I cut the arm bands into strips to brighten up the weapons and tie it together. All in all, this costume cost me $3 and about an hour of work.

DIY Pet Costume

This shell can also be used for a normal turtle costume. Perhaps add a little hat with a flower on it and you have the tortoise costume from the old cartoon Tortoise and the Hare. You could also spray paint the shell (in advance) to make a whimsical pink or blue turtle.

There are a great collection of events approaching for the fall. Once you have your little four-legged ninja ready, why not take them to these fun activities?

DIY Pet Costume

Puggerfest – October 8th – 10am-4pm – $5

The 13th Annual Puggerfest is a fundraising event benefitting Homeward Bound Pug Rescue & Adoption of Oklahoma. Adult admission is $5, Kids under five and all pugs are admitted free. Located at Stars and Stripes Park by Lake Hefner.

So get out your scarf and softest flannel shirt for these any many other fall activities in the area. It’s the perfect weather for you and your dog! If you have any events you would like to share with us, feel free to leave a comment! Until then, go have a adventure with your best furry friend. You won’t regret it!

Barktoberfest – Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

It’s that time of year again! The annual Barktoberfest at Mann’s Best Friend will have local animal rescues, vendors, trick or treat for dogs, costume contest, food trucks and more! Bring out the furkids for a family friendly fun time!

Howl-O-Ween Doggy Parade – Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

1st Annual Howl-O-Ween Doggy Parade & Costume Contest at Frontier City!

Pets will meet in the Starlight Amphitheater, parade past the Main Street rope to open the park, then return to the amphitheater to participate in the costume contest.

Prizes will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, including goodies from Barking Dog Bakery, All Fur Paws, Louie’s Lakeside, and more! Dog Talk TV will also do some filming.

Advanced tickets are $20 +tax. Just use the promo code “doggy” at (coming soon!)

Day-of tickets are $22 +tax at the Frontier City main ticket booth.

Portion of every ticket sold benefits the Central Oklahoma Humane Society!

For more information, or to donate items for the prize baskets or reserve booth space, call 405-478-2140 x234 or email [email protected]

Spooky Pooch Parade – Oct 29 @ 9:15 pm – 10:15 pm

Join the Myriad Botanical Gardens for our Spooky Pooch Parade on the Great Lawn. Enjoy spooky music and our parade of pooches. Judges will present prizes to the best dressed pooch! You don’t have to register a dog to take part in the fun or even have a dog. Bring the family and be an observer.

Spooky Pooch Parade presented by Bank of Oklahoma & Midtown Vets

Great Lawn & Band Shell

$10 per dog for members

$12 per dog for nonmembers

All dogs must be leashed at the event and nonaggressive.


Cat Health

posted September 26th, 2016 by
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Cat Health

At the Animal Emergency Center we see a lot of sick cats. One of the number-one ways to keep your cat healthy and avoid a trip to see us is to keep your cat indoors. Here are the top reasons to keep your cats indoors.

*You can monitor your cat’s urinary tract/bowels. We commonly see male cats with blocked urinary tracts at the ER. If not treated quickly, this condition can be fatal. Monitoring is key to catching problems early and seeking treatment.

*Indoor cats are much safer from diseases. Coming in contact with outdoor cats increases the risk of contracting diseases such as

FeLV (Feline Leukemia)
FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)
Panleukopenia(Feline Distemper)
FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
Zoonotic Diseases

*Indoor cats do not get hit by cars. Each year more cats are killed by cars than euthanized in US animal shelters. Cats are quick and even the most careful driver has a hard time avoiding a cat running across the street.

*Indoor cats are safe from stray dogs and wildlife. Cats are low on the food chain and are prey for most wild animals and dogs. Keeping them indoors will prevent them from being attacked.

*Indoor cats don’t get lost. Statistics show only 3% of owned cats are returned to owners when they end up at a shelter. Even microchips aren’t a guarantee. Why take the risk?

*Indoor cats are safe from human abuse. Some people find outdoor cats a nuisance and will use poisons and other means to get rid of them.

Rib Crib raises $100,000 for Tulsa Charities

posted September 23rd, 2016 by
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Rib Crib’s 2016 Pitmasters Golf Tournament

Raises $100,000 for Tulsa Charities

Rib CribTulsa, Okla. – Rib Crib BBQ & Grill will present $100,000 to local Tulsa charities on Sept. 22 at 1p.m. at their company headquarters from proceeds of their 14th annual golf invitational, the 2016 Pitmasters Golf Tournament
In a new twist this year, Rib Crib chose not one, but five local non-profit organizations to benefit from the Pitmasters event. More than 140 golfers came out in support of The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, the Oklahoma Animal Care Foundation, the Tulsa Zoo and 12&12.

“We are excited to present the tournament proceeds checks to these wonderful community service and enrichment entities on behalf of all of our golfers, sponsors and employees,” said Bret Chandler, Rib Crib founder.

Representing each agency for the check presentations on Thursday will be Eileen Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma; Kacie Frazier, Program Director at The Children’s Hospital Foundation; Bob Poteet, Trustee of the Oklahoma Animal Care Foundation Board; Terrie Correll, CEO & President at the Tulsa Zoo Foundation; and Bryan Day, CEO of 12&12.

“Our vendors, sponsors and participating golfers’ generosity make these charitable gifts possible, but our Rib Crib employees and volunteers make the day the resounding success it was,” said Chandler. “We are proud and grateful for everyone’s contributions. We are honored to be able to give back to our community in this way.”

The tournament was held at the 18-hole Tillinghast-designed Oaks Country Club last summer, featuring a shot-gun start four-person scramble, hole prizes, an all-you-can-eat Rib Crib BBQ luncheon, and competitive live and silent auctions.
Rib Crib wishes to acknowledge the many contributors of financial, in-kind and services donations to make this tournament and community outreach possible. A special thanks goes to tournament presenting sponsor, Prosperity Bank.
Rib Crib vendors and major sponsors were Andreini and Company, Auto-Chlor Services, Tyson Foods, Saint Francis Health System, The Barkley Law Firm, Barcas, Dr. Pepper, The Holmes Organisation, Curtis Restaurant Supply, McCain Foods and Farmer Brothers. Top sponsors included Ventura Foods, Ben E. Keith Co., Decision Logic, Sweet Street Desserts, Jetlinx, Smithfield and UBS. A special thanks to our many hole sponsors as well as to Waller & Company Public Relations for publicity assistance.

About Rib Crib BBQ & Grill
With 61 locations in eight states, Tulsa-based Rib Crib BBQ & Grill offers a fast casual environment and family-friendly menu featuring a wide variety of hickory-smoked meats served in sandwiches, dinners, salads and combination platters. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Rib Crib’s bold barbecue is perfect for dining in, carryout or catering. The Tulsa-based company with headquarters located at 4535 S. Harvard Ave. For more information about Rib Crib BBQ & Grill, or past tournament charities and team results, visit

About Rib Crib Tournament 2016 Causes –

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is the largest, private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma, providing food and other donated product to 450 Partner Programs in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma and more than 346,000 meals to hungry Oklahomans each week.

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis was founded to welcome and foster charitable giving to and to provide and care for the special spiritual, emotional and physical needs of children and their families. Funds raised support pediatric care, programming and facilities for sick children, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Oklahoma Animal Care Foundation is committed to improving the health and welfare of animals in Oklahoma through education, public service and disaster response activities.

The Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum inspires a passion for wildlife in every guest, every day as one of the state’s leading wildlife education and conservation resources. Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operates the zoo for owner the City of Tulsa. Funds from this event will help build a bigger, better zoo.

12 & 12 offers life-saving recovery tools for adults suffering with addiction or co-existing mental health and substance use disorders to achieve individualized recoveries. They are a leader in the substance abuse and addiction treatment and recovery fields and the largest non-profit addiction treatment facility in the four-state area.

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