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Volunteers – – – they’re priceless

posted August 4th, 2018 by
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Volunteers – – – they’re priceless

VolunteerA key ingredient for a non-profit is a volunteer.  They are truly priceless.  And sometimes you hit the mother-lode….we did.

The Richardson-Rexwinkle division of PAAS provides unparalleled care for momma dogs “fixin” to have a litter – and for new mommas who need a place to take care of their babies.

It started in 2015 with Miss Ruby…she came from the Vinita pound….we weren’t even open yet.  Vicki & Tom said “no problem” we’ll take her home.  And – – the rest is history.

I cannot tell you how many momma dogs and puppies got the best start in life because of Tom, Vicki, Candy and Sarah.  In fact, Pete just joined the group as a foster Dad.  Vicki and Candy are good recruiters as well.

They willingly turn one or more rooms of their homes into “birthing” centers.  They’ve had two or more mommas at one time and 20++++ puppies.  That’s lots of newspaper – – lots of cleaning – – and oh so much cuteness.  They also know that even though it’s tough to say goodbye to the bundles of joy – – – there’s always another mother (or two) waiting in line.

Yes, we guard our volunteer birthing centers.  No…they can’t take every pregnant momma dog in the area.  Could we use more birthing homes – – of course.  You can never, ever, have too many foster homes for homeless pets in this area.

If you’ve wondered how you can make a difference…..and love puppies and kittens….give us a call.  There are a few requirements.  The most important will be an interview with Vicki and Candy.  Give it some thought….call if you’re interested.  If you don’t live near us….find a rescue in your area that needs volunteers.  We’re all in this together.  And……Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!  Tom, Vicki, Candy, Sarah and Pete!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like all rescues we are a 501©3 organization.  Find us on Facebook:  PAASVinita and our website:  www.paasvinitaw.com     For the animals…..Kay and Staff of PAAS..

WING IT in need of volunteers

posted May 6th, 2013 by
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I recently interviewed Dr. Shad Wilkerson of Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists for an upcoming article in Tulsa Pets Magazine. That day, Dr. Wilkerson was busy caring for a couple of possums. I’m not usually a fan, but these little guys were CUTE!

I had no idea, but apparently Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists is the only after-hours facility where people can bring injured wildlife.

“We don’t charge anything for any of this. It’s just something for the wildlife,” Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson and OVS coordinate with a group of rehabbers called WING IT, which is currently in need of volunteers.

“We are trying to find more rehabbers to help out because in the spring time, we just get flooded with babies,” Wilkerson said. “There has been a shortage of rehabbers, people moving or getting too busy. So there’s been a big push to try to find more rehabbers in Tulsa, people who are willing to do it.”

The group formed about a year ago, according to volunteer Kim Doner. It has since been taken on as a non-profit extension of the Tulsa Audubon Society.

WING IT does not receive any funding and there is no paid staff.

The group is looking to add volunteers who can commit various amounts of time to helping rehabilitate wildlife.

WING IT will provide training and supplies to those interested. It is also necessary for volunteers to be licensed through the Tulsa County Game Warden, Doner said.

“People often believe they need a lot of room at home or that the commitment is to create your own zoo,” Doner said. “These are misconceptions.”

A rehabber only needs a countertop or closet floor area to take in baby bunnies, the most common mammal to be brought to the group. And they grow really fast, sometimes in a matter of days or more commonly a few weeks, says Doner.

“But the most important thing rehabbers do is release healthy, prepared animals when they can be on their own,” Doner said. “It’s not just the law, it’s the right thing to do.”

For those who do not have the time to volunteer, donations are always appreciated.

For more information on volunteering or donating, visit the WING IT page on Facebook or wingintulsa.org.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]