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Oklahoma State Free Service Animal Eye Exams

posted March 31st, 2018 by
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Oklahoma State University Veterinary Medical Hospital to Provide Free Eye Exams to Oklahoma Service & Working Animals through the ACVO® and StokesRx Annual Event in May

Registration for the 2018 National Service Animal Eye Exam event in U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico opens April 1  

Stillwater, Oklahoma (March 29, 2018) – Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital to provide free eye exams to Service and Working Animals in Stillwater during the month of May as part of The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO®)’s 11th annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event. Board certified veterinary ophthalmologists across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will collectively provide more than 7,500 free eye exams as part of the annual program in 2018.

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties that board certifies veterinarians as ophthalmologists. The organization developed the ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event in 2008, and since its inception, nearly 60,000 Service and Working Animals have received free screening eye exams — including approximately 7,500 in 2017 during the 10th Anniversary event.

Honor, a three-year-old yellow lab Service Dog trained by Freedom Dogs in San Diego, received her first free eye exam during the ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event in the 2017 10th Anniversary event (picture can be found here). Like many Service Dogs, Honor works loyally each day to help her handler, Marine, Cpl. TJ Melhus, with tasks such as, medication retrieval, retrieval of dropped items, blocking people from approaching, alerting of people approaching from behind, and redirecting anxiety attacks through pressure from her chin.

“It was so important for Honor to take part in the ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event for the first time in 2017,” said Katie Stoll, Honor’s trainer/puppy raiser at Freedom Dogs. “The free eye exams provide Service Animal handlers with the comfort of knowing their animals are healthy — sight is an asset these dogs use each day to keep their handlers safe.”

Around 300 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will donate their time and resources to provide free screening exams to Service and Working Animals in May. In addition to dogs, other Service or Working Animals including horses, miniature horses, donkeys, alpacas and cats can receive free sight-saving exams.

The goal of the ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event is to provide as many free screening exams as possible to eligible Service and Working Animals. The following types of Working or Service Animals may qualify: guide, handicapped assistance, detection, military, search and rescue, and current, registered therapy animals – all whom selflessly serve the public.

This year’s event is sponsored by ACVO® and Stokes Pharmacy, as well as several generous industry sponsors.  Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital and participating board certified ophthalmologists volunteer their services, staff and facilities at no charge for Service and Working Animals and their owners/agents to participate in the event.



To qualify, Service and Working Animals must be “active working animals” that have been trained through a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The training organization could be national, regional or local in nature. More qualification details are available here. Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1 at Registration ends April 30. Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists. Then, they may contact a specialist to schedule an appointment, which will take place during the month of May.  Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital requires that participants meet all event qualifications and provide the assigned registration number over the phone. Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so owners/agents are encouraged to register and make appointments early.

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists®

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® (ACVO®) is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” To become board certified, a candidate must successfully complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one-year internship, a three-year ACVO® approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations. For more information, please visit

About Stokes Pharmacy

Stokes Pharmacy is a national, full-service compounding pharmacy specializing in the art and science of the custom formulation of prescription medicines for humans and animals. Leading the way in innovation, Stokes invites veterinarians to prescribe compounded medications online securely, quickly, and accurately via iFill, a cloud-based prescription management system. For more information, visit

About Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital

Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital is part of OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, one of only 30 veterinary colleges in the United States. The Hospital is open to the public and provides routine wellness and specialized care for small and large animals. Certified by the American Animal Hospital Association, the Hospital offers 24-hour emergency care. For more information, visit or call (405) 744-7000.

Animal Welfare Expo this Saturday!

posted March 22nd, 2018 by
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Nicole Castillo

Animal Welfare Expo this Saturday!

Animal Welfare Expo 2018What are you doing this weekend? If you’re one of the cool cats in town, you will be heading to Norman for the Animal Welfare Expo this Saturday. Hands Helping Paws teamed up with the Cleveland County Fairgrounds to put on a great day of high-flying dogs, mouth-watering food trucks, great booths, free adoptions, and a special visit from the Kitten Lady.

You can get your pet micro-chipped for $10, watch a disc demonstration by Tornado Alley Disc Dogs, look for a forever friend from Norman Animal Welfare, have lunch at one of the food trucks, and if you have registered, attend a Kitten Workshop by the Kitten Lady. The workshop is sold out of tickets as of today.

What you need to know:

Animal Welfare Expo, Saturday, March 24, 9am – 2pm, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615. E. Robinson Street, Norman.

Tornado Alley Disc Dogs Demo at NOON.

Norman Animal Welfare will have Fee Waived Dog Adoptions.

In addition, NAW is hosting the microchip outreach and will be using the HomeAgain chips. Each chip is $10 each. Dogs must be on a leash and cats in carriers. As an existing HomeAgain customer, you are entitled to basic recovery service for life. None of the annual membership benefits (Lost Pet Alerts, Emergency Medical Hotline, Travel Assistance, etc.) will be available to you unless you choose membership for $19.99/year.

Food Trucks (11am – 1pm) – Big Truck Tacos, Phill Me Up CheesesteaksEskimo Sno

In preparation of puppy and kitten season Norman Animal Welfare will be accepting donations. Below is a list of some suggested items.

DONATION DRIVE FOR PUPPIES/DOGS – Kong’s, collars, leashes, canned puppy food or adult food. Small bags of dry food.

DONATION DRIVE FOR KITTENS/CATS SUPPLIES- Ciao Churu Creamy Purée Cat Treats – Four 0.5 oz. Tubes – Tuna with Chicken Recipe (Walmart); So Phresh Heavy Duty Litter Scoop (Petco); Whisker City® Pet Nail Scissors (PetSmart); SENTRY® PurrScriptions® Flea Cat Comb (PetSmart); ExquisiCat® Naturals Paper Cat Litter – Natural, Fragrance Free (PetSmart); Nursing bottle Kits (Petco, PetSmart, Atwoods); Dry Kibble – Royal Canin® Feline Health Nutrition™ Mother & Babycat Cat Food (Petco and PetSmart); Canned Baby Food – Royal Canin® Baby Cat Instinctive Kitten Food- LOAF in SAUCE (Petco and PetSmart) ; Toys- mice, feathers, crinkle balls;

DONATION DRIVE FOR OTHER SUPPLIES: Paper towels, Dawn Dish Soap original scent 8 FL OZ bottle, Lysol® Dual Action Citrus Scent Disinfecting Wipes 35 ct Plastic Container

Animal Welfare Expo 2018

OKC Pets Mag Mar / Apr 2018

posted March 12th, 2018 by
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OKC Pets Magazine  Mar / Apr 2018

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Debra Fite

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Nancy Harrison, Michelle Wynd, Rosalie Childs, Midge Jones.

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Dr. Kelly Barger, Heide Brandes, Nicole Castillo, Nancy Gallimore, Allison Geary, Mary Green, Anna Holton-Dean, Jordan Klingler

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2018 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

OKC Pets Magazine provides Oklahoma City area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now OKC Pets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!

Making Connections

posted February 24th, 2018 by
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Making Connections

Usually the blog is about animal rescue.  This week it’s about making connections.  It’s how PAAS came to have a partnership with Dumb Friends League in Colorado.

ConnectionsA long time ago, I attended The Pacific Institute (  By the time I left Seattle Washington, I realized the power of thinking outside the box, visualizing results and reaching out to connect with people.

Since then, connections have opened doors, given me opportunities and provided solutions I could have never discovered on my own.  One of the most important aspects of making a connection is to just let your mind wander as you’re trying to solve a problem with the goal of “who do I know?”

All my friends know how I got an airline to send a plane to Miami to fly a soccer team to Brazil.  It was before the days of cell phones, internet connections, websites and Facebook/LinkedIn.

Today, sitting in front of a computer with a good cup of coffee, I can reach out to people all over the world.  And almost all of the time, I can refer to someone we mutually know or someone who belongs to the same Facebook or LinkedIn group.

In 2015, PAAS had a shelter full of dogs and cats, a long, long, long waiting list of owner surrenders and only a handful of potential adopters coming through the door each week.  Rhonda (veterinary technician) and I looked at each other and realized we needed a Plan B.  Fortunately, I’d just attended the Kirkpatrick Foundation’s Conference ( and made a connection.

I called him – he referred me to Bob at Dumb Friends League – and Bob said “yes” we could transport dogs to his organization on a trial basis.  The first few months were challenging, sometimes chaotic, emotionally draining and successful.  Over time we’ve established protocols that meet their standards, saved more homeless dogs and cats than we could have ever imagined and work directly with 14 other shelters/rescues.  What’s really mind-blowing is they, in turn, work with more than 30 rural rescues/shelters.

The connection started with me attending a conference and selecting the break-out session where Roger was presenting.

Calling All Dog Ladies!

posted January 30th, 2018 by
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Nicole Castillo

Calling All Dog Ladies!

Tucked into tCalling All the Dog Ladies!he pages of Facebook, a small group of females chat daily about everything canine. OKC Dogs Moms was created two years ago this month by Lauren Rutledge, a savvy dog owner who wanted a place just for women and their dogs. In the twenty-four months the page has existed, it has accrued 1,331 members who touch on subjects from lost dogs to cute pup pics.

“This group is for women and their pups.” says Lauren. “I am a member of a ton of meetup groups in OKC and there isn’t one place that is specific to just women and dogs.”Calling All the Dog Ladies!

Lauren has two adorable French bulldogs named Peewee and Louie. “They love going on car rides. Seriously, they don’t get excited about anything else like they do about getting in the car!” She loves driving her pups to their favorite places around the Oklahoma City metro, like Hollywood Feed and the Edmond dog park.

What I noticed about this page is the high level of support the members receive and offer each other. Many posts ask for opinions on dog food, veterinarians, pet stores, and training. The comments on these posts are always helpful and informative.

I have not seen any petty drama, which goes hand and hand with social media. These are animal-loving ladies that have formed a gentle community in the crazy world of Facebook. There are also the hard posts. Stories of sickness, loss, and beloved dogs passing on. The kind words of encouragement and sympathy touch my heart.

There are tentative plans for this group to gather together this year. “In 2016 we did a Halloween Party and silent auction. Everything went really well and we had a blast! Looking to do that again in 2018!” Lauren excitedly adds. The group also sells quarterly t-shirts and donates the profits to a local shelter or rescue. The last round of shirts benefited Mutt Misfits. They have a new “Dog Mother, Wine Lover” shirt coming out just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I’m glad I came across this page. I think every OKC dog mom needs to benefit from this community of lovely women. It definitely brightens my day!

Calling All the Dog Ladies!

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

posted January 16th, 2018 by
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Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR ProgramHands Helping Paws Inc., a cat rescue and adoption organization in Norman, has some exciting news. This month, they have started a TNR program for the area! TNR stands for trap, neuter, and return to help control the cat population by spaying/neutering community cats. Community cats are strays, feral, or alley cats that live on the streets. These colonies of community cats are usually looked after by someone who feeds them in the neighborhood.

Hands Helping Paws is reaching out to these feline ambassadors to trap the cats and bring them in to have them spayed or neutered at no charge.

They started last week with four cats getting the simple operation and today, five more cats will be spayed/neutered.

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR ProgramLook at it this way. If a stray female cat has five kittens each year for five years (five years is the average life span of an unspayed female stray), then these 9 nine surgeries will prevent 225 kittens from being born on the streets. That does not include the litters of kittens coming from each hypothetical kitten!

Yes. The math is staggering.

Hands Helping Paws saw this problem and is doing something about it.

If you know of a colony of cats, or would like to donate to this worthy cause, contact Hands Helping Paws on Facebook.

Check out our January/February issue of OKC Pets Magazine to learn more about cat overpopulation and Operation Catnip Stillwater, another TNR organization dedicated to this problem.

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

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