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Wheels of Hope needs Volunteer Drivers

posted June 2nd, 2009 by
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Oklahoma Alliance for Animals


Wheels of Hope 





The Oklahoma Alliance for Animals has just successfully completed their fund raising project to purchase a cargo van to be used to rescue and transport animals in need of assistance.


The maiden trip for the van, named Wheels of Hope, was Tuesday night, May 26th, from the Tulsa Animal Shelter to the Dumb Friends League in Denver with 17 dogs on board.



The Tulsa Animal Shelter has made arrangements for Denver to accept a load of animals the 3rd Wednesday of each month beginning in June.  We desperately need volunteer drivers to transport the animals…two for each trip.  This involves driving all night Tuesday, leaving the Tulsa Shelter around 10:00 PM and arriving in Denver to unload around  9:00 AM Wednesday.

OAA will pay the expenses of these trips – thanks to the kind offer of a volunteer.


Please e-mail Mike & Kathy Nobles at [email protected]  if you are interested in volunteering for this vital need or if you need more information.


As always, we so appreciate your kind help and assistance.  Your caring means so much to the animals, many of whom have not had much kindness in their lives.


Mike Nobles
OAA Wheels of Hope Coordinator

[email protected]



Winston & Cuddly George teach Children about Puppy Mills and Rescue

posted May 29th, 2009 by
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Press Release from:


Wigglesworth Press

Max and Sheila Graham

4210 S. 104th E. Avenue


Suite 102

Tulsa OK  74146


Tel: 918 549 8144

e-mail:  [email protected]



Children hear about Puppy Mills and Rescue, Puppy Dogs and Love.


Tulsa, OK. May 23rd 2009.



Some Tulsa children are hearing about rescuing dogs from puppy mills and the transforming power of God’s love.   It is the story of Winston, a Maltese terrier, and how he was rescued from a puppy mill.  Winston, or Winston Wigglesworth Smartipants Graham, to give him his full name, has been visiting some schools and churches in the area with his ‘Mom and Dad’, Sheila and Max Graham and his doggie companion, a mixed breed terrier named Cuddly George




Originally from England, Max and Sheila Graham are now living in Tulsa after spending some years as missionaries in Japan and Poland.  They adopted Winston from the Humane Society of Tulsa where Sheila helped as a volunteer.  The terrible conditions in the puppy mill from which he was rescued, the care he was given in the shelter and the final happy outcome of being adopted into a loving family and given a new life, became the inspiration for an illustrated booklet, ‘Winston’s Tail’.




 ‘Written and illustrated by Sheila, ‘Winston’s Tail’ is a small 18 page pocket sized booklet which is proving extremely popular.   Over 500 have been given away so far and even previous first lady, Laura Bush, has sent her appreciation along with a signed photo from Miss Beazley and Barney, the White house pets. 


After the children are introduced to Winston and Cuddly George, Sheila reads Winston’s story from a version in rhyme format.  The children immediately identify with his plight and are thrilled and happy at the outcome.  Winston, who loves to be stroked and petted, shares their enthusiasm.  At the end each child is given a ‘Winston’s Tail’ to take home and encouraged to visit Winston at his website.  (


If you would like for Sheila, Max, Winston and Cuddly George to visit with your children’s group, Sunday school class, etc. you can contact them by e-mailing them at [email protected]

StreetCats at Affair of the Heart of Tulsa Show

posted May 29th, 2009 by
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Title: StreetCats at Affair of the Heart of Tulsa Show
Location: Tulsa Expo Square, QuikTrip Center
Link out: Click here
Description: Great Gift Items! See us at Booths 343 & 344!
Start Date: 2009-07-17
End Date: 2009-07-19

Hospice of Green Country offers “Pet Peace of Mind”

posted March 18th, 2009 by
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New, unique hospice program targets pet peace of mind


Hospice of Green Country, a non-profit United Way supported hospice, has launched a new program that provides patients with the peace of mind of knowing their pets will be cared for when they are unable to physically or financially.

“Pet Peace of Mind” is unique to hospice care in that it targets hospice patients who are unable to maintain appropriate routine health care and nutrition for their animal companions due to medical expenses or caregiver disability. Development and oversight of the program is led by Hospice of Green Country’s director of spiritual care, Delana Taylor, who is also a veterinarian no longer in private practice.

“Because Hospice of Green Country cares for the whole family, not just the patient, we recognized the need to develop this innovative program,” Taylor said. “Numerous studies have shown that pets are considered family members. Many times, part of a patient’s “unfinished business” as they near the end of their life journey involves knowing their animal companions will be cared for after they die.”

Some ways Pet Peace of Mind cares for patients and their pets include financial support for routine veterinary care to maintain pet health and decrease patient stress, spaying and neutering assistance, pet boarding or pet sitting services in case of patient hospitalization, pain and comfort medications for elderly pets and pet transportation to nursing facilities to visit owners. Hospice of Green Country will also network with local rescue organizations, veterinarians and animal welfare groups to provide pet care as needed.

Founding donors of Pet Peace of Mind are an anonymous donor; Ross Clark, DVM; the Hille Foundation and the Virgie and Cecil Burton Foundation.

For more information about Hospice of Green Country or how you can help Pet Peace of Mind, call 918-747-2273.

Wheels of Hope Needs Your Help

posted March 10th, 2009 by
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Charles M. (Mike) Nobles

2746 South Hudson Avenue

Tulsa, OK 74114

(918) 747-4177

[email protected]


January 15, 2009


Dear Friend of Animals:


We desperately need your help!

For example:* The call for transportation assistance for two dogs in court custody that could be released to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah IF we could guarantee their safe delivery.

* The plea for assistance in transporting two animals, one with a broken leg, from Oklahoma City to Wichita, Kansas.

* The ever increasing calls for help in transporting dogs from puppy mills throughout the area. The conditions the animals are housed in will break your heart and one of the major problems in saving them is having the resources to quickly transport them to a safe environment.

We critically need a cargo van. Most animal rescue organizations simply can’t afford the type of vehicle it takes to transport numerous animals at one time in an emergency—moving such numbers takes a lot of space, much more than a typical car or SUV can provide. Kathy and I have volunteered for years with the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals (OAA), the “umbrella group” for numerous organizations that work endlessly to improve the lives of animals. One of OAA’s lesser-known activities is helping in animal transport, often in emergency situations. Unfortunately, OAA frequently lacks the resources to deal effectively with these calls.

We have joined with OAA to purchase a cargo van for what we’re calling “Wheels of Hope.” We need approximately $20,000 to purchase a van with the necessary equipment. “Wheels of Hope” will be available to area rescue organizations when needed. Buying and sharing one vehicle among these organizations makes economic sense—this will be a life saver for neglected, abused, and homeless animals.

Your financial support is desperately needed. We simply cannot do this without you. The OAA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and relies on volunteers and donations for its work. Please consider making a contribution and know that no amount is too small (or too
large!) and that every penny collected will be used to purchase the van and supplies…no money used for salaries, expenses, etc.

Please forward any contributions made payable to the OAA Wheels of Hope project to either Kathy & I or the OAA:

Jamee Suarez Howard
OAA Wheels of Hope Project
2642 East 21st Street
Suite 120
Tulsa, OK 74114

Thank you for considering this request. Many animals will be saved because of your generosity.



Mike and Kathy Nobles

House Bill 2151/Senate Bill 452

posted March 2nd, 2009 by
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Communities’ Rights to Protect Animals are in Jeopardy

Legislation (H.B. 2151/S.B. 452) has been introduced in the Oklahoma legislature that would prevent cities and counties from enacting any order, ordinance or regulation dealing with agriculture and farm animals.

This legislation could prevent local communities from making any laws dealing with animal welfare, food safety, or environmental protection. Instead, it would keep these issues in the hands of special interest groups that do not represent the majority of public opinion. This amounts to a power grab by the Farm Bureau in order to give immunity to factory farms, and would tie the hands of local communities from making their own decisions.

Please urge your state senator and state representative to oppose this legislation.

After making your calls, please send a follow-up email to your legislators in opposition to this legislation. And don’t forget to tell your friends and family in Oklahoma about how they can take action, too.

Thank you for all you do for animals.


Mike Markarian
Executive Vice President
The Humane Society of the United States