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In a Perfect World

posted May 13th, 2017 by
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In a Perfect World

 

I don’t mean perfect no flaws, but manageable reality that brings a smile to my face.

We’ve been open 2 years and 1 month.  Our direction is different – but it is working and the options for homeless/unwanted dogs and cats is improving.  We’re not to perfect, yet, but I can see “manageable reality” down the road.  Two years ago I didn’t even want to look down the road. 

From my point of view – these are the components of manageable reality for most of us in rescue.

#1)      Low-cost spay/neuter programs for those who are income qualified.  Thanks to grants we now offer this program to the outlying areas around Vinita that include Bernice, Disney, Ketchum, Langley, Cleora, Welch, Pryor, Miami, Fairland, Afton and Bluejacket.

#2)      A long-term investment in the community to help all pet owners keep their pets, be sure they are “fixed” (spayed/neutered), and up-to-date on shots.  Thanks to a grant from Pets For Life, this is a manageable reality in Vinita.  You will see our little van sprinting around town on a mission.  If Lacee (Pets for Life representative) knocks on your door – she really is there to help!!!

#3)      Expanded partner relationships with municipal and 501©3 rescues.  The system is simple, the protocols are reasonable and the outcomes are wonderful. Our dogs (and occasionally cats), arrive at Dumb Friends League in Denver or the Buddy Center at Castle Rock and, within days, are in their new homes.  The pictures and stories we get validates the success.

Two years ago I would have never imagined this journey.  Fortunately, we were open to new ideas and solutions, the Board of Directors was supportive, the grantors understood the value of the programs, and we’ve developed a system that works.

Frankly, Mark Zuckerberg has no idea how much help Facebook is for all of us in rescue. It keeps us connected and provides a platform that is easy to navigate.

So – we’re close the manageable reality.  And that feels good.

PAAS is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization. Donations are tax-deductible; checks may be mailed to PAAS, P.O. Box 491, Vinita, OK 74301 or by credit card on our website at paasvinita.com. For more information, call 918-256-7227.

 

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Kay Stout, Director 

PAAS Vinita

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918-256-7227

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Forecast Calls for Cute Canines!

posted May 9th, 2017 by
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Nicole Castillo

Forecast calls for Cute Canines!

emily sutton - littleIn Oklahoma, we have a unique relationship with our local meteorologists. Here, weather is tricky. Deadly storms can spring up in minutes and the need to be informed and forewarned is priority during the blustery months. It is in these times we connect with our weather warriors. Their voices guide us through damaging winds, hail, floods, and tornadoes. They risk their lives to bring us as much information as they can about upcoming torrents. Wind shear, hook echoes, debris balls, and dry lines are words we know well because each day our weather experts teach us something to keep us safe. I had the pleasure of meeting one particular meteorologist who keeps us in the know on everything from cumulus clouds to funnel clouds, Emily Sutton.

sutton 1Emily, her husband Michael, and their famous fur babies Okie and Winnie don the cover of the May/June issue of OKC Pets Magazine that is piping hot off the press and circulating through the metro as we speak. Pick up an issue to hear a harrowing tornadic experience, puppy love, and the story of a woman from the windy city of Chicago finding her home and heartsong in the sometimes treacherous tailwinds of Oklahoma.

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Next Weekend Looks to be Sunny!

posted April 29th, 2017 by
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Nicole Castillo

Next Weekend Looks to be Sunny!

The weather took its toll on multiple outdoor activities this weekend. The next few days may consist of muddy paws and cabin fever, but never fear, there are a plethora of options next week to get you and your pooch out of the house.

barkhappy springSaturday May 6th from 1pm – 3pm

BarkHappy OKC Spring Fling Dog Party & Benefit!

Sauced on Paseo @2912 Paseo, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73103

Spring is here and we’re celebrating dog-style at the BarkHappy SPRING FLING Dog Party to benefit Central Oklahoma Humane Society!
Sauced on Paseo is hosting this fun event on their family friendly partially covered patio! BarkHappy will be offering great raffle prizes and board games but there will be so much more!! Each ticket holder will receive a FREE dog wash to BONE, a FREE package of dog treats from Three Dog Bakery, FREE coupon for a bundtlet treat, FREE gift cards for flight with iFly and recreational sports, FREE dog treats from A-1 Pet Emporium and lots of smiles!

 

greyhound faceSaturday, May 6 at 12 PM – 2 PM

Northpark Show & Tell by Hounds of the Heartland

The Shoppes at Northpark @12100 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120

Volunteers and fosters needed!

Bring your greyhounds out to help us show the public what greyt pets Greyhounds make!

If you are looking for a greyhound to adorn your sofa stop by and check out our latest models.

 

 

 

greyhoundSunday, May 7 at 2 PM – 5 PM

Greyhound Gala by Hounds of the Heartland

Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum, & Fallen & Living Firefighters Memorial

2716 NE 50th St, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111

$5.00 Donation Suggested for Entry
Raffles
Silent Auction
Snacks
Beverages
Cash Bar
Enjoy the Museum
All Proceeds go to the Care & Needs for the Retired Racing Greyhounds in the Foster Program While Waiting for Their Loving, Responsible, Forever Homes.
Family Fun Event!

Do you have an event coming up? Let us know! Contact us on Facebook, Instagram or drop me a note at [email protected]

WildCare of Oklahoma is Having a Baby Shower!

posted April 25th, 2017 by
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Nicole Castillo

WildCare of Oklahoma is having a Baby Shower!

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This facility has rescued and rehabilitated thousands of wild animals in the state since 1984. Their stories include over three decades of deer, skunk, squirrels, opossum, birds, and all native animals in need being cared for by knowledgeable and loving hands. Wildcare is for animals only; it is not open to the public for regular visiting hours. The staff wants their patients to have the best possible chance at surviving on their own, so human contact is minimal.

wildcare ducks

But, each spring, Wildcare opens its doors for a baby shower!

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“WildCare is only open to the public twice a year and one of those days is just around the corner! Please join us for our annual baby shower on Saturday, April 29th from 2-5pm. During this event you’ll be able to tour our facility including our wildlife rehabilitation and education center and our outside grounds and enclosures. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes peek at our wildlife patients, visit with staff, interns, and volunteers, and learn more about how we care for the 7,000 wildlife patients that enter our doors each year. This is our biggest event of the year and donations are appreciated.”

-WildCare of Oklahoma

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Here is WildCare’s Wish List on Amazon.

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You can follow WildCare on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or check out their website.

Photos courtesy of WildCare Oklahoma.

IamMoshow Steals the Show at the Animal Welfare Expo

posted March 28th, 2017 by
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Nicole Castillo

IamMoshow Steals the Show at the Animal Welfare ExpoIamMoshow

The Animal Welfare Expo, organized by Hands Helping Paws, was a bright and cheery event on a cold and windy Saturday morning. The Cleveland County fairgrounds building was lined with booths and vendors, educating the public about organizations such as Wildcare Oklahoma, Best Friends of Pets, and vendors were selling everything from pet beds to custom collars. When the clock struck 12:45, visitors began to meander over to the stage in the corner of the large area. I stood in the crowd, listening to conversations about the Cat Rapper, whom we were waiting to appear.

IamMoshow, or Moshow the Cat Rapper is a music artist who resides Portland, Oregon and spreads positivity and cat love wherever he goes. He has a degree in Computer Science from York College in Pennsylvania, but realized that he had other dreams. He moved to the west coast, and has been pursuing his passion ever since. He is owned by four cats, three Sphinx, Tali, Sushi, and Magamam, and a Devon Rex named Raviloi. These fabulous felines appear in videos with IamMoshow and steal the show with their adorable antics and dance moves.

IamMoshowHands Helping Paws invited him to perform at the Animal Welfare expo in Norman. The crowd grew in number and excitement to see this unique character. I could tell some of the patrons followed him closely on Facebook because they were talking about his unfortunate flight to Oklahoma. Due to multiple delays and flight cancellations, he spent the night at the Houston airport, and arrived at Will Rogers just hours before his performance.

IamMoshow took the stage a little after 1pm and his fans cheered. Charismatic, talented, and humble, he warmed the crowd up with songs like, “Cat Emotions” and “Cat King“. There were two ladies on stage as well, each with a cat who was eligible for adoption, and he danced with and cuddled the felines. He brought a handful of children onstage and asked them what their dreams were, and told them to never stop reaching for their goals. “I’m from Perkins home projects, Baltimore Maryland, in the hood, and if I can make it out, anyone can be who they want to be in this world. Don’t let people put you in a box. I just want everybody to know that I 100% do this from my heart; not to be popular, cool, or for any attention. I do this because this is literally who I am and who I was born to be.”

IamMoshowBy the middle of his performance, everyone was moving to the beat. He had us waving our hands in the air with the song, “Adopt a Cat“, and brought down the house with “Cat Wine“. He even gave an encore with a reprise of “Cat Emotions”. He thanked everyone for coming and went backstage for a few minutes before coming back out to sign autographs and take pictures. The crowd immediately began forming a line at the stage, and I sneaked backstage and ask the Cat Rapper some purrsonal questions.

Tell me about your cats? Is there a reason you love the Sphinx breed?

Actually yes, there is a reason. All my life I’ve been the underdog, well I should say undercat, of people overlooking me and doubting me, or judging me by how I look. I just felt like with the Sphinx, I understand them. People will say, “Oh, I’m a cat person.” And I show them pictures of my Sphinx and they say, “Ew.”

I feel their pain and connect with them. You know, they’re bald, I’m bald, I just feel like we got this whole connection thing going on. I love them because they are different, because I am different.

Sushi and Megamam are sisters. I got them together from the same litter. I went back and adopted the mom, Tali, because no one wanted her. Sometimes the mothers get overlooked.

Now, Ravioli will fool you. He’s got the good looks and the curly hair but at the same time, he’s so bad. He’ll be eating your food and you’re so mesmerized by his curls that you don’t even realize it!

Who is your favorite cat celebrity?IamMoshow

Mine, I’ll be honest with you. But if I have to pick another it would be Sparkle, the One-Eyed Cat and Weaver.

Are you affiliated with any charities or organizations?

I work with a lot of humane societies back home in Portland, the Oregon Humane Society cat adoption team, and much more!

Any upcoming events?

I’ll be performing, doing shows throughout Portland, Washington, LA, and many more. The name of my new project coming out April 6th is called CAT LOVE EP! It will be available on ALL platforms! iTunes, Google Play, Amazon. All of the platforms!

If a movie was to be made about your cats, who would be their voice actors?

Tali – Tina Fey

Sushi – Jennifer Aniston

Ravioli – Kevin Hart

Megamam – Mindy Kaling

IamMoshowIamMoshow was a pleasure to meet and interview. You could tell he was exhausted but he gave each fan his full attention. His genuine adoration of felines and catpeople was palpable. You can follow IamMoshow on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Once again, I am in awe of the magic of animal people. No matter where I roam, I can always find a certain brand of love at pet events. It doesn’t matter who we are or where we’re from, we all connect with one another through our passion for animals.

 

All photos except my selfie are courtesy of IamMoshow.

 

Valir Hospets in Need of Volunteers

posted March 24th, 2017 by
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Nicole Castillo

Valir Hospets is a pet therapy program of Valir Hospice.

This service is for patients in the program who live in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Valir started this pawsitive program back in 2005 and its patients have benefited from thousands of visits from their four-legged friends. What better medicine than a happy tail wag or soft snuggle to boost your health and well-being?

HosPets-couchThe power of animal companionship has a plethora of positive health effects. Patients relax in the presence of the hospets and are able to focus on interacting with the furry visitor and not their illness. This program reduces the weight of anxiety and depression in residents, giving them something to look forward to. Hospets provide physical affection, love, and friendship. Visits  are good for the pet, patient, and pet owner. Imagine how fulfilling it would be to spread that kind of happiness to those that need it. Do you and your pet have what it takes to become a Hospet volunteer team?

The success of this program has created a call for more pet/owner volunteers. Well-mannered and calm animals must pass the Canine Good Citizen examination and Therapy Dog International (TDI) test, and have proof of vaccinations. As a pet owner, you must complete the Valir Hospice volunteer training.

“To become a volunteer with a pet, the training requires the pet to become certified as a pet therapy animal. This entails basic obedience classes 1 and 2 and the Canine Good Citizen Test, which focuses more on testing the dog in specific environments, encountering things they might meet with on visits, such as exposing them to different smells, wheelchairs, walkers, loud sounds etc. The dog’s response to presented stimuli is critical during this test.” says Lindsey Dietz, Marketing and Communications Specialist. “The handler must become a volunteer with Valir.  The person will go through an orientation process and training regarding what hospice is and their role as a volunteer.”Valir Hospice pet therapy dog Ted in roses (3)

The reward of becoming a Valir Volunteer would be to see a patient’s face light up when your pet walks into the room. You know your dog is special. How about sharing that wonderful animal with those that need a friend? For more information about the Hospet program, check out valir.com, on Facebook, or give them a call at 405-609-3636.

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