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Looking Back – Moving Forward

posted October 22nd, 2017 by
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Looking Back

Looking Back – Moving Forward

 

Two years ago PAAS had just begun to transport dogs (and a few cats) out-of-state.  It was a difficult time of transition.  PAAS had been conceived as a local rescue that would adopt dogs and cats locally.  The reality did not match the dream.

Looking BackIt wasn’t an easy transition for those who’d worked so hard and believed in the dream of PAAS as a local adoption center.  They cared enough to change their perception and help PAAS become a regional transport center, Pets for Life center for Vinita residents and a Pet Over-Population resource for those who live outside Vinita.  In addition, the inmate/shelter program at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center is changing the lives of the inmates, their families and the dogs who graduate with a Canine Good Citizen certificate to go on to further training to be certified as a service/therapy dog.

Mixed amongst the progress are wonderful stories.  Here are a couple.

Looking BackRecently, a very scared, very pregnant Miss Bailey arrived at the shelter.  She was so terrified in the shelter, she would not walk on a leash, her tail was tucked and she shook.  Fast forward to our Birthing Center Angels at the Richardson/Rexwinkle Birthing Center.  Once she knew she was safe, she delivered 11 puppies – took wonderful care of them – and is now living the good life in Colorado.  Her puppies also went to Colorado and were adopted as soon as their pictures were up on the Dumb Friends League site.  We really celebrated when Miss Bailey also found her new home – who could resist those beautiful eyes.

And then there’s Copper.  He came to us from the Vinita pound.  Small, chunky guy – long in the tooth (older) – who liked a few and tolerated everyone else.  Fortunately, he decided Avis was going to be his new Mom.  Not sure Avis understood that at first – but it quickly became apparent wherever Avis went – here came Copper.  And, oh good lord, did he let all of us know when she went home at night – he was not a happy camper.  Yes you know the rest of this story – Avis saw the light and adopted Copper!!!!

Equally important is that of the 2,300+ dogs who’ve traveled to Dumb Friends League via the PAAS transport – not one of them will either a) have puppies or  b) be the father of a litter.  If you even try to do the math on how many puppies could have been born if the 2,300 dogs had not been “fixed” – it becomes very clear.

Kay Stout, Director 

PAAS Vinita

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918-256-7227

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Dr. Carlos Risco is new OSU Veterinary Dean

posted October 20th, 2017 by
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Oklahoma State names Dr. Carlos Risco Center for Veterinary Health Sciences dean

 

(STILLWATER, Okla., October 20, 2017) – The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents today approved the appointment of Dr. Carlos A. Risco as dean of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. He is expected to assume his position in March.

Carlos RiscoRisco is currently at the University of Florida where he serves as a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve as dean,” Risco said. “The strong culture of scholarship, outstanding curriculum and the multidisciplinary approach to improve both animal and human health has led to the excellent reputation of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

“This reputation makes Oklahoma State a place where students want to attend,” Risco said. “As dean, I look forward to working with our talented faculty and staff to continue progress in the center’s role as a regional, national and international leader in veterinary medical education, research, and service.”

OSU Provost and Senior Vice President Gary Sandefur said, “We are pleased to have Dr. Risco join the OSU team. He will provide strong vision and leadership for our excellent veterinary program. I want to thank Vice President Thomas Coon and members of the search and screening committee for leading our national search and identifying an outstanding pool of candidates. I also appreciate Chris Ross and his solid leadership as interim dean.”

Risco received his DVM degree in 1980 from the University of Florida and advanced clinical training as an intern in private dairy practice at the Chino Valley Veterinary Associates in California. He is a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists.

From 1982 to 1990, he was a full partner at Chino Valley Veterinary Associates, a nine-veterinarian dairy practice. In 1990, he joined the faculty at the University of Florida as an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Risco’s main research focus pertains to metabolic disorders and reproductive management of dairy cows.

 

CONTACT: Gary Shutt | OSU Communications | 405-744-4800 | [email protected]

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years. 

 

Derinda D. Blakeney, APR

Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator

Oklahoma State University

Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

308 McElroy Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078

(405) 744-6740 (office)

(405) 744-5233 (fax)

(405) 612-4019 (mobile)

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Give Me That Old Time Walk ‘N Roll

posted October 13th, 2017 by
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Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

Give Me That Old Time Walk ‘N Roll

Give Me That Old Time Walk 'N RollDogFest Walk ‘n Roll OKC is a family-friendly, dog-friendly walk and festival benefiting Canine Companions for Independence. Activities include vendors, music, and a short walk with your pooch. Grab a leash and join in!

The Canine Companions for Independence was founded in 1975 and strives to provide highly trained assistance dogs to aid individuals with disabilities. They work closely with both human and canine to ensure a healthy and quality relationship. Money raised at Dogfest OKC allows people to receive a highly trained assistance dog free of charge!

This non-profit organization has helped thousands of people get back their confidence and security to obtain a more independent lifestyle. These dogs function as the hands, legs, and ears of their charges and have changed many a life. I checked out the website and was amazed to see the difference these animals make every day!

Here are a few tails of triumph for the humans who have benefited from this awesome organization.Give Me That Old Time Walk 'N Roll

We train four types of assistance dogs

Service dogs assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks.
“Mork helps me help myself. He can retrieve my phone and other dropped items, pull my wheelchair and open doors for me.”
—Wallis and Service Dog Mork

Hearing dogs alert their partners, who are deaf and hard of hearing, to important sounds.
“Thanks to Hazel, I don’t have to rely on someone to wake me up. I am less dependent on my family now.”
—Karen and Hearing Dog Hazel

Facility dogs work with clients with special needs in a visitation, education, criminal justice or health care setting.
“Sherlock allows many children to surprise themselves into doing things they might never have had the courage to try!”
—Kristen and Facility Dog Sherlock

Skilled companions enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.
“He has really changed my life and I like showing people how he helps me.”
—Carter and Skilled Companion Hollen  (www.cci.org)

 

Give Me That Old Time Walk 'N RollSunday looks to be a gorgeous day, so why not grab your best friend (human or canine), and attend Dogfest Walk ‘n Roll OKC for a fun afternoon all to help a most wonderful cause.

October 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Earlywine Park
3033 SW 119th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73170

 

Free To Live Benefit Auction Kicks Off Fall Festivities

posted October 9th, 2017 by
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Free To Live Benefit Auction Kicks Off Fall Festivities

Free To Live Benefit Auction Kicks Off Fall FestivitiesThe Free To Live Animal Sanctuary Benefit Auction was the perfect start to this season’s events. Free To Live is the largest no-kill shelter in Oklahoma, housing around 300 cats and dogs. The shelter is located in the sprawling hills of north Edmond and the minute you arrive, you can feel the commitment and love dedicated to these animals every day.

The auction is the sanctuary’s most vital fundraising effort. There was a silent auction with rows upon rows of donated art, gift baskets, and pet products. A live auction took place later in the evening for the larger donations.

I was fortunate to meet Kaycee Chance, volunteer coordinator at Free To Live, writer at OKC Pets, and the lady behind-the-scenes at the benefit auction. She gave me a tour of the auction and a quick run-down of the mission of this life-changing shelter. You can check out the videos of the auction on our Facebook page. Just click videos and they won’t be hard to find.

Free To Live Benefit Auction Kicks Off Fall FestivitiesThe evening was a huge success, with a packed house, lovely people to meet and talk to, and open hearts and wallets to snatch up unique gifts to help the hundreds of residents at the sanctuary. Over $56,000 was raised that night, and each and every dollar will go to back to the animals. Cat food, dog food, vet bills, cat litter, and utilities certainly add up when caring for 300 cats and dogs. This auction means a second chance for many of the residents. You can follow Free To Live on Facebook and Instagram, or check out their website here.

 

There are more exciting pet events in the upcoming weeks, so mark your calendars for these fun festivities.

Click each event for details!

October 14th

Pumpkin Patch Party & Fundraiser

Azani Howl-O-Ween Party

October 15th

DogFest Walk ‘n Roll OKC 2017

Pawtoberfest 2017

October 22nd

Spooky Pooch Parade sponsored by Midtown Vets

October 28th

Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest

Howl-oween Meow-loween Fundraiser & Adoption Event

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.

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