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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.

Horse Feathers Needs Our Help!

posted September 26th, 2017 by
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Nicole Castillo

Horse Feathers Needs Our Help!

Horse Feathers Needs Our Help!Horse Feathers Equine Center is a sanctuary and rehabilitation facility located in Guthrie. The kind-hearted staff are dedicated to providing healthcare, nutrition, and love to neglected, slaughter-bound, and abused horses. For over a decade, Horse Feathers has been serving Oklahoma, caring for these gentle giants and finding homes that will nurture them. They also strive to educate the public on proper horse care and responsibility.

Wayne, the horse you see here, came to Horse Feathers emaciated and with maggots in his wound. Look at him now. He will begin working in the arena and he has such a beautiful trot on him. Soon they see how he does under the saddle. Sweet Wayne is just one story of many that this organization has helped.

Now they need our help.

Horse Feathers Needs Our Help!On October 7, they will host a Fall Work Day. Winter is on its way and there is much to be done at the ranch. Cleaning fence line for a pasture, bringing out blankets for the older horses, painting shelters and fences, cleaning stalls, and much more needs attention. Bring rakes, tree trimmers and your work clothes. There will be a potluck for lunch.

Horse Feathers is also asking for donations of Purina Equine Senior, cases of bottled water, or any monetary funds to help purchase hay, grain, farriers, and supplements.

This workHorse Feathers Needs Our Help! day would be great for a group wanting to volunteer for a good cause. What a memorable family activity or day out with friends. The grounds are beautiful and it would be a pleasure to get out in the country and get your hands dirty. Check out Horse Feathers on Facebook, or their website. Plan on attending this unique opportunity to give back to a charity that has done so much for the horses of Oklahoma.

Horse Feathers Equine Center is located at 6320 N Highway 74C, in Guthrie. You may call them at (405) 260-7281.

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

[email protected]

918-256-7227

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Oklahoma Designer Show House Benefits Free To Live

posted September 6th, 2017 by
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Nicole Castillo

Oklahoma Designer Show House Benefits Free To Live

Oklahoma Designer Show House Benefits Free To LiveThe Oklahoma Designer Show House opens this Friday! This event not only features the hard work of thirteen local design firms, it also benefits Free To Live Animal Sanctuary, a no-kill animal shelter in Edmond. Free To Live houses and rehabilitates animals that have been abused or abandoned. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

The show house is at 13300 Hickory Hills Road in Arcadia and tours start at 11am. I had the pleasure of corresponding with Andrea Meister, chairman of the show house, to find out why this event and Free To Live go hand in hand, or paw.

 

Q: Andrea, tell me a bit about yourself and your pets.

Oklahoma Designer Show House Benefits Free To LiveA: I’m owner & lead designer for Roost Oklahoma! I have 4 kids, Lauren 25, Preston 23, Hunter 21, Isaac 17. I’m married to a super sexy guy named Ralph.

On my Instagram profile it reads “Designer. Animal freedom fighter. Mother of parrots.”

I have 2 German Shepherds, 1 orange tabby (rescue), 3 macaws (2 are rescues).

Q: How important are animals to you?

A: I probably can’t put into words how important animals are to me. Each animal, a squirrel, a turtle on the side of the road…these are all lives…you can’t recreate that. My husband is equally passionate about animals rights as I am.

Q: What made you decide to benefit Free to Live again this year?

We love FTL and all that they do!! If you’ve never been, please go!! All the work that their staff does is so great!

It will change you! There are so many dogs and cats that are so awesome that need homes!

Oklahoma Designer Show House Benefits Free To LiveThey are the largest no kill shelter in the state of Oklahoma! They really focus on placing great pets in great homes!

We’re doing something new this year too! On the first Saturday of the tour September 9th from 1:00-3:00 Free To Live is having an adoption event and one of our biggest sponsors, Advanced Air Specialists, is paying all the adoption fees!! They’re also paying for Magic 104.1 to have a live remote during the adoption event.

Out of all my love for all animals, my husband and I are obsessed with Macaws.

Macaws are the largest breeds of parrots.

Parrots are like dogs, with tons of different colors and sizes, Macaws are the Great Danes of the parrot world.Oklahoma Designer Show House Benefits Free To Live

My mother grew up in South America. They always had random “stray” parrots show up to their house & never leave. By stray, I mean, parrots are smart & like to interact with humans even when they’re wild!

So, my entire life I always kind of wanted one.

Once I talked Ralph into it we bought our first one, Roman, almost six years ago. We knew just enough to keep her alive.

We had no idea what door we just opened.

The journey we’ve had over the last 6 years is just the beginning.

It is about as high maintenance of a pet you could have. They’re like really bratty 2-year-olds that bite all the time and live as long as we do!

I carry around postcards when I take one of my birds out that I give to people that talk to us, basically saying “please don’t go get a parrot because you see me out with mine”.

Please watch the documentary Parrot Confidential. There is a bad bad problem here in the US with parrots. There are huge rescues with hundreds of birds!

We don’t have a good rescue here in Oklahoma yet, but it’s something that is on my radar and think about a lot!Oklahoma Designer Show House Benefits Free To Live

Our first macaw, Roman, is a blue and gold.

My second one Ruby, is a military, she was being given away on a garage sale website and a design client of mine grabbed her. We ended up taking her five days later and she never left. So, I always say Ruby found us.

And our newest is Sidney, she’s a Green Wing. We’ve had her about three months. She came from a divorced home, being mainly bonded to the husband who traveled out of town for several days at a time and she started plucking all her feathers from depression & loneliness. Birds are flock animals, they don’t like to be alone.

We went and got her after we heard about her from a friend. She’s getting better every day.

 

Oklahoma Designer Show House Benefits Free To LiveAndrea’s love for birds is in her blood. The black and white photo is her grandpa and mom (in the middle) in Bolivia. You can meet her, and perhaps her feathered family, at the Oklahoma Designer Show House.

Oklahoma Designer Show House Benefits Free To LiveRemember that Free To Live will be present for Dog Days adoption event on Saturday from 1:00-3:00pm. Adoption fees will be sponsored by Advanced Air Specialist.

You can also shop in the fabulous boutique set up for visitors. Stay up to date with the show house on Facebook and Instagram. Stop by and see a truly unique house with each space created by a different design firm in Oklahoma City. Hope to see you there!

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