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Looking Back – Moving Forward

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Looking Back – Moving Forward

 

Two years ago PAAS had just begun to transport dogs (and a few cats) out-of-state.  It was a difficult time of transition.  PAAS had been conceived as a local rescue that would adopt dogs and cats locally.  The reality did not match the dream.

Looking BackIt wasn’t an easy transition for those who’d worked so hard and believed in the dream of PAAS as a local adoption center.  They cared enough to change their perception and help PAAS become a regional transport center, Pets for Life center for Vinita residents and a Pet Over-Population resource for those who live outside Vinita.  In addition, the inmate/shelter program at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center is changing the lives of the inmates, their families and the dogs who graduate with a Canine Good Citizen certificate to go on to further training to be certified as a service/therapy dog.

Mixed amongst the progress are wonderful stories.  Here are a couple.

Looking BackRecently, a very scared, very pregnant Miss Bailey arrived at the shelter.  She was so terrified in the shelter, she would not walk on a leash, her tail was tucked and she shook.  Fast forward to our Birthing Center Angels at the Richardson/Rexwinkle Birthing Center.  Once she knew she was safe, she delivered 11 puppies – took wonderful care of them – and is now living the good life in Colorado.  Her puppies also went to Colorado and were adopted as soon as their pictures were up on the Dumb Friends League site.  We really celebrated when Miss Bailey also found her new home – who could resist those beautiful eyes.

And then there’s Copper.  He came to us from the Vinita pound.  Small, chunky guy – long in the tooth (older) – who liked a few and tolerated everyone else.  Fortunately, he decided Avis was going to be his new Mom.  Not sure Avis understood that at first – but it quickly became apparent wherever Avis went – here came Copper.  And, oh good lord, did he let all of us know when she went home at night – he was not a happy camper.  Yes you know the rest of this story – Avis saw the light and adopted Copper!!!!

Equally important is that of the 2,300+ dogs who’ve traveled to Dumb Friends League via the PAAS transport – not one of them will either a) have puppies or  b) be the father of a litter.  If you even try to do the math on how many puppies could have been born if the 2,300 dogs had not been “fixed” – it becomes very clear.

Kay Stout, Director 

PAAS Vinita

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918-256-7227

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Looking Back – Going Forward

posted September 5th, 2016 by
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Looking Back – Going Forward

Looking BackOne year ago, we had tentatively entered the world of transfer out-of-state. Looking back, we had no idea how successful it would be – nor how many lives would be saved. The first few trips were filled with apprehension, worries – – that were never justified – and success we could not have imagined.

It’s hard to wrap our minds around 750+ dogs living the good life out-of-state. But that’s 750 dogs that have been “fixed” – – no more litters — – in forever homes.

Every Tuesday evening, our van (full of wagging tails) heads down the road. Yes, we all wait for the phone call that says they’ve arrived safely. Then we breathe for a few days and start the process over again. It’s encouraging that several rescues/shelters have now partnered with us, so we know we are making a difference in other towns as well.

It’s also rewarding to know that some of our dogs that have a visual history of abuse will find a loving, safe, home. Two of our most recent ones are Hank and Kaiya. They’re both in training with inmates at NOCC and will graduate Canine Good Citizen Certificates. Hank had a severe chemical burn on his side, but like many dogs, his ability to forgive is amazing. Kaiya came from a hoarding/abuse case and she, too, is at NOCC getting her certificate.

Going forward we know our transfer program will grow. More dogs will be saved, “fixed” and find new homes.

For cats, the answer is local. Consistent affordable spay/neuter programs will be the most important element in the solution. There is no out-of-state demand for cats or kittens. The immediate and long-term solution for cats is different than for dogs – – but the important fact to remember is there are solutions, they do work and lives are saved.

For all the rescues/shelters who work with us we say THANKS – – we’re glad you’re part of our solution. Our mission remains – saving hundreds of lives in Northeast Oklahoma. The only thing that has changed is their destination.

Good weeks, like this one, make the hard times bearable.

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]

918-256-7227

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