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Common Bonds sets OKC news conference

posted January 20th, 2020 by
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Common Bonds to announce 90 percent shelter save rate initiative

Common Bonds, a group of organizations and individuals concerned about the wellbeing of Oklahoma’s companion animals, has scheduled a Jan. 21 news conference to discuss its plans to increase Oklahoma’s shelter save rate for dogs and cats to 90 percent.

The news conference is set for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Oklahoma City Animal Welfare, 2811 SE 29thStreet.

Common Bonds has established three distinct priorities in its effort to reach the 90 percent save rate. Those priorities include promoting methods to reduce the number of animals entering shelters, increasing community engagement and improving data collection. Speakers will discuss these priorities and the steps that will be taken to implement the group’s plan.

 

Speakers include:

Kelly Burley – director, Common Bonds

Jon Gary – animal welfare superintendent, City of Oklahoma City

Brent Toellner – senior director of national programs, Best Friends Animal Society

 

Dogs and cats available for adoption will also be in attendance.

For more information on Common Bonds, visit commonbondsok.com.

OKC Pets Mag Jan / Feb 2020

posted January 12th, 2020 by
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OKC Pets Magazine  Jan / Feb 2020

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Sally Roper

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Rosalie Childs.

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Heide Brandes, Travis Brorsen, Kim Doner, Nancy Gallimore, Anna Holton-Dean, Bill Snyder, Shauna Struby

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!

Pet Tips – A Clean House

posted December 22nd, 2019 by
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Money (and Sanity) Saving Tips for Pet Owners

That Like to Keep a Clean House

by Nick Burton

Pet Tips

 

We all love our furry friends, but that doesn’t mean we like cleaning up after them. When you have a pet, you can expect a few messes. Scratch that — lots of them. Between shedding and unscheduled indoor potty breaks, cleaning up after a four-legged family is almost a full-time job. However, before you post a want ad for a housekeeper, take a few minutes to scope out these tips that can help you save money while cleaning your house.

 

Stock Up Early

 

One of the worst things that you can find is an empty cleaning supplies closet when your dog has tracked in something unsavory from the outdoors. Instead of rushing to the closest store in a panic, make sure you have everything you need on-hand all the time. Buy at least two bottles of cleaner, two sponges, and two packs of absorbent paper towels and keep them close at hand (especially if you have a puppy). To save some cash, look online for a Target coupon code; there are three Target locations in Tulsa if you would rather shop in person.

 

Learn How to Use a Lint Roller

 

A lint roller is essentially a roll of inverse tape on a handle. These ingenious little inventions, which typically cost $5 or less, are one of the most versatile tools you can use around the home. Any time you see hair stuck to the sofa, grab your lint roller. Remove it as soon as you see it and your home will be better for it.

 

Scrub Dirty Paws at the Welcome Mat

 

If your dog typically tracks in mud and dirt after your walks, keep a towel and spray bottle just inside of your door. This way, you can tackle their toes before they walk all over your floors.

 

Quit Using Perfumes to Eliminate Odors

 

In addition to dirt, pets are notorious for leaving a lingering odor everywhere they go. Even if you wash your pet weekly, there is no guarantee that you won’t smell them before you see them. And when one urinates on the floor, the scent can stick around. HC Summers Feed and Supply recommends using an enzymatic cleaner or baking soda to get rid of the smell. For everything else, a $2 bottle of white vinegar, a spray bottle, and a dry towel may be all you need. Vinegar is safe on most fabrics, but you should test an inconspicuous area before you spray.

 

Brush Your Pet’s Hair Every Day

 

Your pet’s grooming routine does more than keep them adorable. According to the Animal Humane Society, regular brushing can ensure a healthy coat by distributing natural oils. Further, running a brush through their fur, no matter how long or short, can help remove dry skin. This simple act won’t cost you a dime but will save you time on vacuuming.

 

Clean the Kitty Litter

 

You already know that you have to scoop and clean the kitty litter. However, if you are only doing this once every other day, your house probably smells on the unpleasant side. For the most effective odor elimination, clean the kitty litter at least twice each day, no matter how many felines occupy your home. Also, quit spending money on the priciest cat litter out there; they honestly don’t work any better than budget brands.

 

When you have pets, you’re going to have messes. And you are also going to have to spend money managing these messes. Save yourself stress and strain — and dollars and cents — by following the tips above. Your pet and your nose will thank you.

 

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4 Best Apps for First-Time Dog Owners

posted December 8th, 2019 by
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4 Best Apps for First-Time Dog Owners

by Nick Burton

You’ve just brought home your first dog. You’ve got the basic supplies — foodbedleash, maybe even a cute holiday dog costume wardrobe. But being a dog owner is also about training, monitoring your pet’s habits, and keeping track of your pet’s medical information for the vet and any temporary caretakers. So to give you a hand, we assembled our favorite apps to put everything you need at your fingertips.

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Image courtesy of Unsplash

 

iTrainer Dog Whistle and Clicker

The iTrainer app comes with a bundle that combines a dog whistle with squeaky sounds, over 40 animal sounds, and a training clicker. You can also use the app to record commands, phrases like “Want to go for a walk?” or any other sounds you choose in order to entertain and educate your pup. The app is easy to use and will help you get your dog trained in no time.

 

Paw Tracks

With the Paw Tracks pet tracker, you can track all your dog’s activities. The app tracks the time and distance of your dog’s walks, as well as who walks them. You can also use Paw Tracks to log your dog’s meals and bathroom habits. Paw Tracks includes a GPS tracker, but it’s also great for storing and sharing health data or any other important information to family and caretakers.

 

Dog Monitor and Pet Cam by Annie

CNET notes Annie’s Dog Monitor and Pet Cam is a reliable, feature-rich app. You can monitor up to four pets at once on any device, and if there is a Wi-Fi outage, it will keep searching for a signal and reconnect automatically. The app comes with full-screen video and has long reach when there’s an available network. The app also works well when viewed with a front or back camera and with your device’s night light feature.

 

Say BARK!

Don’t forget to feature your new dog on this year’s holiday cards! Celebrate your dog ownership by designing your very own animated greetings. Product Hunt explains Say BARK! is an app that lets you create cards starring your very own lovable pup. You just need to take a photo of your dog, then select one of the humorous filters that comes with the app. Add an audio message or record your own, and finally, share your original, animated card with all your friends.

 

Word of Warning

When you’re in the midst of checking on your dog’s health, or even creating a hilarious greeting card, the last thing you want to have happen is for your phone to freeze up. If you’re using an older smartphone, you might need to upgrade your phone or plan to keep your apps all running smoothly.

Thankfully, new phones are out in abundance. For instance, you can find Samsung models to fit any budget, and some service providers offer packages which include an Echo Dot and unlimited data. Apple fans can check out the new Apple iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 comes with wide and ultra-wide lenses that let you crop and zoom after you take the photo, and the new video feature QuickTake will have you capturing every moment with your new pup.

Remember, dog ownership entails more than stocking up on doggy equipment and dressing your pup to the nines. Add some apps to your phone and take some time to learn about dog health and training. With a bit of effort and engagement, your pup will be a healthy, happy canine good citizen, and you’ll be able to take the best possible care of your new furry family member.

PAWS for MAPS 4 Included!

posted August 23rd, 2019 by
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 PAWS for MAPS 4

 

Dear Partners, Friends, Volunteers, and Supporters,Moments ago, the MAPS 4 package was officially posted on the City Council agenda. I’m thrilled to tell you that the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter is included in the overall package at $38 million!

 

 

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CONGRATULATIONS to all of you who worked tirelessly and lent your voice on behalf of the voiceless—the more than 21,000 animals that enter the Oklahoma City animal shelter each year. There have been many hurdles to cross in this year-long endeavor, but none bigger that the news shared within the last hour. WE ARE IN!

 

 

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To the tens of thousands of animal advocates, volunteers, funders, nonprofit leaders, and city employees who devote their lives to creating humane outcomes for animals of all kinds—this is a moment to rejoice in! A new animal shelter for Oklahoma City promises to be a game changer—here, statewide, and even nationwide. Today’s great news never would have happened without the big and small efforts of more than five thousand animal-loving Oklahoma City residents. A toast to you all! Thank you.Importantly, our work is not done. In fact, in many ways, it’s just beginning. The next three days are critical. It is vital that the City Council unite around the entire MAPS 4 package in a spirit of all for one and one for all. To that end, I encourage each of you to galvanize around the whole of MAPS 4—all projects, all proposals. The Animal Shelter is in the same league and on the same team as each of the other projects. Now is the time to join forces and act as one. MAPS 4 truly offers something for every single one of our residents. Not one of us is left behind. Indeed, MAPS 4 is the symbol of a city in full.

 

Right now, the most important thing you can do now is advocate for MAPS 4 in three ways:

1) Contact your city councilor if you haven’t already, today, and let them know that you are an animal advocate who supports the whole MAPS package. (Be sure to identify yourself as a PAWS for MAPS 4 supporter or animal shelter advocate and include your residential address.)

 

2) Begin the process of getting your organization to endorse MAPS 4. Each endorsement will matter, no matter how large or small your group is.

 

3) Join us in the City Council chamber at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday to demonstrate your support for MAPS 4. WEAR RED!

 

We’ve successfully crossed many hurdles over the last year and particularly the last few months. With a successful YES vote this Tuesday, the campaign for the hearts and minds of Oklahoma City municipal voters begins in earnest. We want you to be a part of it! 

 

As ever,

Louisa McCune

Education Director

PAWS for MAPS 4

 

 PAWS for MAPS 4

Network for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims

posted August 12th, 2019 by
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New organization seeks to help pets of domestic violence victims

A new Oklahoma-based charitable organization aims to help domestic violence victims reach safety with their beloved companion animals. The Network for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims is dedicated to connecting animal care resources with the domestic violence shelters that need them. Many victims will delay leaving a dangerous situation if they cannot bring their pet with them, however, most domestic violence shelters do not have the facilities for companion animal care. NPDVV aims to bridge the gap. Domestic violence shelters seeking assistance as well as animal shelters, veterinarians, and potential pet fosters simply fill out the form on the website at www.npdvv.org. The information is then added to the growing database and matched based on location. The domestic violence shelter is provided with a list of contacts for available animal care resources in their area. By having this information in advance, domestic violence shelters can save precious time and can welcome more victims with pets to safety. Jonna Whetsel, a veterinary student at Oklahoma State University, is the organization’s founder. The idea was conceived in April 2017 while working on a project for a master’s program in veterinary forensic science. Whetsel was tasked with creating a training presentation addressing the link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence. As she built the presentation illustrating how animal shelters and veterinarians can help domestic violence shelters, she decided to lead by example. She finished the presentation and added a companion website, which became the basis for the Network for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims. After two years of working on the concept, the first week of its release has proven to be a success. Whetsel says there has been a tremendous outpouring of support and that the NPDVV site has already begun to receive form submissions from several states. To learn more about the program and what you can do to help pets of domestic violence victims, please visit www.npdvv.org.

### For more information, please contact Jonna Whetsel at [email protected]

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