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Global Cat Day

posted October 17th, 2018 by
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Global Cat Day is Today

BETHESDA, Md., USA – Oct. 16, 2018 – Alley Cat Allies will commemorate Global Cat Day on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, with a celebration of the movement of people who protect cats by advocating for humane local policies, adopting or fostering, and carrying out non-lethal cat management including Trap-Neuter-Return.

The president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, Becky Robinson, praised the advancements made so far by advocates who are working to change our society so that all cats are protected.

“Trap-Neuter-Return is the mainstream, humane approach for outdoor cats in this country. But misinformation is still killing untold numbers of cats each year. Too many animal shelters, places that should be safe havens, are still using lethal and outdated practices that harm and kill cats,” Robinson said. “That’s why it’s critical that humane non-lethal cat management becomes a reality across the board. Global Cat Day provides an opportunity to thank all the advocates who are setting the record straight about cats and protecting them.”

Global Cat Day celebrates the hard-fought progress Alley Cat Allies and unsung heroes of cats around the world have made in bringing about new laws and programs protecting and improving cats’ lives. It gives a glimpse on how people are loving, valuing, and protecting cats, and in turn, changing their communities for the better.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is sound public policy. It reduces shelter intake, “euthanasia,” and calls to animal services, which saves taxpayer money in the process. Thousands of cities and towns conduct TNR and the number continues to grow as more communities learn about its success.

Share your cat story at GlobalCatDay.org and follow online with the #GlobalCatDay hashtag. Advocates who are planning special events for Global Cat Day can upload them to a special calendar page at www.alleycat.org/events.

OK Berners photo featured on walk website

posted May 22nd, 2018 by
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bernerwalkFor the past two years, Oklahoma Berners has participated in a worldwide walk for friends and companions of Bernese Mountain Dogs. This year, 21 Berners and their families participated and had their photo featured on the Bernese Friends Worldwide website.

Held on May 12 at Mitchell Park in Edmond, the group also enjoyed a picnic lunch and time to socialize.

Oklahoma Berners is a relatively new group and looking to connect with other Bernese owners. You can request to join their Facebook group at Oklahoma Berners.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

 

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.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE 2018 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 www.ACVOeyeexam.org. 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 www.ACVO.org.

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 stokesrx.com.

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 www.cvhs.okstate.edu or call (405) 744-7000.

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 (www.thepacificinstitute.com).  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 (https://safeandhumaneoklahoma.org) 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.

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

posted November 26th, 2017 by
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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Dr.  Jones, OK  73049

(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267

[email protected] www.blazesequinerescue.com

Federal I.D. 43-2024364

 

October 2, 2017

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses.  We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability.  We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses.  Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases.  We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases.  We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.

 

Rescues:

 

Friends, I come to you today to ask for your assistance.  The last 2 months have been extremely slow in adoptions and low on donations.  I know so much is going on in this world that have a negative impact on so many, which is why I hate to even ask for your support right now, but we have horses in need and we need your support.  If you are able to donate any amount, great or small, it is truly appreciated.  We have quite a few horses that have recently entered our program that need our assistance.

 

To start, we assisted Hughes County Sheriff’s Office on August 24, 2017 with 10 horses.  These horses range in body condition of a 1 to a 5.  Most of the horses are in extremely poor shape.  Sadly, we lost 1 just a few days after the seizure.  We tried everything to save him but in the end, we had to humanely euthanize him when he was no longer able to stand and support himself.  His system was shutting down and the last thing we wanted was for him to suffer anymore.  He was such a sweet boy and will forever be missed.  He was greatly loved during the 4 days we had him in our care.  Rest in Peace Sweet Boy, Moon!

 

The additional 9 seized that day are doing well and slowly gaining the weight.  Here are just a few of the others that came into our care that day that ask for your support.  The black and white paint shown is in decent body condition, however, he has a hole inside his mouth that goes all the way through.  Food and water come out of that hole when he eats or drinks.  This is not ideal and will have to require surgery to repair.  Please consider making a donation towards the Hughes County Horses’ Rehabilitation!

 

Before we were made aware of the Hughes County Case.  We were contacted by MARS of Illinois.  A representative of their Equine Division reached out to us, after reaching out to numerous other horse rescue organizations, requesting assistance.  They had an appaloosa gelding that was diagnosed with a Frontal Sinus Cyst that required surgery.  They are not located with many large equine surgical veterinarians close by and many didn’t want to pursue helping, if they did, the cost was expensive.  They needed help for Gunner and didn’t want to put him down without a chance.  At the time, we felt we could help Gunner.  I felt it was important to assist another rescue organization, as we are all in this together fighting to save horses lives.  We hadn’t taken in a large amount of horses this year, had some funding set aside that we could use for surgery.  We agreed to take him on and arranged for transport to us.  Wouldn’t you know, the same day Gunner is scheduled to arrive, we are called out to seize 10 horses with Hughes County Sheriff’s Office?  We now fall short on the funds available for Gunner’s work up and possible surgery.  Once the sweet boy known as “Moon” above from Hughes County went down, we quickly found ourselves depleting the funds set aside for Gunner, with our efforts to save Moon.

 

Gunner is a beautiful, Leopard, Appaloosa, Gelding, estimated to be around 7 years of age.  We aren’t completely sure the first diagnosis is accurate but we plan to take him into OSU for a CT Scan to know for sure.  He has a large knot on his forehead directly between his eyes.  He is a super sweet boy and has settled right in.  He certainly deserves a fighting chance to receive the help he needs.  He is a big, beautiful, stout boy.  Please consider making a donation towards Gunner’s Medical Care!

 

We have been hit with other instances that leave me repeating the statement, no good deed goes unpunished.  We try really hard to extend ourselves and help out where we can.  This brings us to our next story. 

 

Born to be Special came into our rescue program on August 11, 2017.  Born to be Special came into our rescue program from an Oklahoma Kill Pen after being saved by the Save our Standardbreds from Slaughter (SOSS) group.  Born to the Special was registered in the Full Circle Program.  Full Circle is an owner enrolled program that alerts the owner when the horse in in trouble, such as landing at a kill pen.  The Rescue Network contacted the original owner and that owner stated they wanted to get their horse back, but since they was located in another state, they needed a layover.  We were contacted to help!  Born to be Special had a leg injury that required treatment and she needed a safe place until the owner could get to Oklahoma.  “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished”, Right?  We agreed to help as long as the owner paid the veterinary care that was needed for Born to be Special.  We get the mare pulled and safely to our facility, called the vet out to treat the injury and then contacted the owner, who then decided he didn’t want the mare back.  He felt that it would cost too much to bring her back to his state and he left us holding the vet bill.  Now, you know I am going to stand up for the horse and my instant thought was, she deserves better than you anyway.  So, now we have Born to be Special in our rescue program.  I am not sure what all she has done in her life other than being a harness race horse, but she clearly has something to prove and Born to be Special, she will be, without her original owner.  Born to be Special was foaled on April 21, 2001.  She is a Beautiful, Bay, Standardbred, Mare.  Her leg is doing great and she has no lameness issues stemming from that injury.  We will be fully evaluating her for adoption soon.  In the meantime, please consider making a donation to assist towards Born to be Special’s Rehabilitation. 

 

 

 

  Our Newest Arrival, This sweet boy just entered in our rescue program on October 1, 2017 from the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division.  We will be learning more about this sweet boy over the next several days as we have him seen by our Veterinarian and prepare him for rehabilitation.  We don’t yet have a name for this special guy, but wanted to introduce you to our latest arrival that is in need.  Please consider making a donation to assist with this sweet boy’s Rehabilitation.

 

 

As I stated above, Adoptions are also down and we are desperately asking for anyone interested in adding a horse to your family, to please come visit the horses in our program.  We have only adopted out 2 horses in the last 2 months.  Adoptions are another way we put funds back into our program.  We are currently caring for 119 horses and have many nice horses that desperately need their forever, loving home.  The daily cost to care for these beautiful creatures can become quite taxing.  Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated

 

I also want to note that we have several Companion Animal Only Horses that desperately need a forever, loving home to call their own.  In the Month of October, We will waive adoption fees on those select companion horses only, to PRE-APPROVED homes.  Companion animal only means, these horses are not rideable due to a disability.  They are Pets only!  Remember, when adopting a horse from our organization, all horses come with a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations such as West Nile, Eastern/Western, Tetanus, Rhino, Influenza and Rabies, Hoof maintenance, Dental if needed, and all other medical needs treated prior to adoption.  

 

We currently have 119 horses in our program.  Your generosity has helped us save over 1408 horses and 26 cattle.  We can’t thank you enough! 

 

 

Adoptable Horse of the Month:

 

Charismatic Missile is a beautiful Chestnut, Thoroughbred, Gelding, estimated to be 9 years of age.  He is not rideable due to a spinal deformity and is a companion animal only.  He is super sweet and loves attention.  He gets along great with other horses, loves to play with the other horses and is not a dominate horse.  He has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, and hoof maintenance.  Would you be interested in offering this sweetheart a retirement home?  If so, please contact us and come meet Charismatic Missile and many others.

 

 

 

We have so many wonderful horses in our program, and so many with needs that ask for your assistance.  From horses with lameness issues that need treatment, to horses with severe fungus issues, eye injuries, emaciation, wounds, hernia surgeries, castrations, EPM treatment, squamous cell carcinoma, teeth floating, vaccinations, deworming, etc., our horses are our top priority and it takes a lot to properly care for so many rescued horses.  Whether you make a monetary donation, adopt a horse, or simply say a prayer for Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, we truly appreciate your support.

 

 

Because of YOU and your heartfelt generosity, we are able to save these horses and many others from an uncertain death.  We ask for your assistance as we have so many more horses in our program that need your help.  Our average monthly expenses now total $8500.00.  If you can please help us, continue to save rescued horses, please make a donation to:

 

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Drive

Jones, Oklahoma  73049

 

or you can donate on-line through paypal @

www.blazesequinerescue.com

 

Or you can contact our Veterinarian directly and apply a payment to our account

Exclusively Equine Veterinary Services at 405-973-5740

 

We are currently caring for 119 horses in our rescue program.  We have many wonderful horses that are seeking their forever, loving homes.  I hope that you will consider adopting a rescued horse.  Whether you are able to make a donation or adopt a rescued horse, both help us tremendously. 

 

 

 

Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride

 

You are invited to join us October 28th, 2017 for our Annual Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride at Honey Lee Ranch in Jones, Oklahoma.  You can learn more about Honey Lee Ranch at www.honeyleeranch.com.  Check in begins @ 9:00 am. Guided and Self-Paced rides will begin to leave at 10:00 am.  Lunch will be served at the pavilion at 12:30 and we are excited to announce a change in the menu.  This year we will have Sandy Creek Ranch smoking some brisket and ribs for our lunch.  The costume contest starts at 2:00 pm.  Come join us for a great day, great lunch, drawing, costume contest and many friends.  All proceeds benefit the horses in our rescue program.  Pre-Registration is available, sign up today at: http://blazesequinerescue.fatcatphotos.com/trail-ride  Registration covers T-Shirt, Lunch, and Trail Fee’s. 

 

 

7th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainer’s Challenge

 

They say they can gentle an untrained horse.  The Challenge is an event designed to showcase the skills of local equine trainers, while increasing the adoptability of previously untrained rescue horses. 

 

Mark your calendars and plan to join us May 5th, 2018 at the Shawnee Expo Center, Shawnee, Oklahoma for our 7th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge.  We will be accepting applications for local trainers next month.  If you are a Horse Trainer and interested in competing in our 7th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge, please email [email protected] and request the application.

 

 

Wish List

 

We have items that we are always needing if you wish to purchase these items instead of making a monetary donation.

 

Horse Dewormers – Ivermectin Paste, Panacur, Safe-Guard, Equimax

Blue Bonnett Horseman’s Elite Senior Care, average 60 bags a week

Thrive purchased through Janelle Graham, average 30 bags a week

Shavings, average 20 bags a week

Duraflex 15 Gallon Corded Rubber all-purpose Tub’s (20 needed)

Mineral Blocks

Salt Blocks

Fly Spray

Protein Lick Tubs for Horses

Heavy Duty Gorilla Dump Cart/Manure Cart

Fortiflex Muck Bucket

Utility Cart/Crate Wagon/Gorilla Carts

Rope Halter/Lead Rope Combo’s

Electrolyte Gel

Probios oral gel

Soft Ride Boots

 

Bandage Material such as:

Combine Roll 14” & 16” Bandage Material

Vetrap 4”

Brown Guaze Bandage Roll 6” x 5 yds 12ct

Elastikon Elastic Tape 2in

Telfa Non-Adherent Pads 4in

Soft Kling Conform Bandage Roll 4in 12ct

 

 

 

               

Blaze’s T-Shirts Available Online

 

We have some new T-Shirts now available on our website.  You can check them out here: http://blazesequinerescue.com/merchandise.html.  The price of the shirt also includes shipping.  These are super nice shirts with very soft material.

 

 

 

Do you want to learn more about our rescue efforts and how we operate?  We are thrilled to announce that our full documentary is now online to view.  Our documentary is 44 minutes long, there are moments of laughter, tears, and joy.  This documentary details our lives and how our rescue operates, from the seizures to the entrance of each horse to our rescue, all the way up to our fundraisers.  If you have a few moments to spare, please watch and share.  You can view our documentary here: https://vimeo.com/149973004?ref=fb-share&1

Happy Holidays Mia Sue

posted November 26th, 2017 by
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Happy Holidays Mia Sue

Mia SueLast week it was Charlie that hit the jackpot and now lives with Vicki, a very special person at PAAS.  This week, say “Hi” to Mia Sue – – the cutie on the left.

No one knows her back story.  Here’s what we do know.  She was found by a dumpster in Vinita.  Usually, that means someone literally stopped, dropped her off and then sped off.  We have no way of knowing.  When she got to the police station, Michael – the guy in the middle – took one look, fell in love and Mia Sue has joined Willow Pillow at the Bowers residence.

These are the happy endings that make all of us in rescue smile – – real big.  It validates there are good people in this world who will go the extra mile to do the right thing.

During the holidays, many dogs and cats will find themselves homeless.  But for Mia Sue, Willow Pillow  (and Charlie), they will celebrate with family and friends, probably get special treats and definitely know the meaning of: There’s no place like home for the holidays”.

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]

918-256-7227

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