Sometimes you have to laugh - - it's better than crying or getting mad.
So many of us have been waiting for the building at 628 S Wilson to be completed....but it isn't. When we drove under the Glass House (aka McDonald's on I-44) I decided it may be a dead heat to see which one is completed, open and ready for business. Pretty sure it's not what any of us wanted - - but it is what it is.
At the same time, a recent conversation with a concerned citizen confirmed I probably needed to clear up a few misconceptions. #1) - - - We will work with other area rescues to save as many dogs and cats as possible and help them find new homes - - whether it is here, out of state, out of country - - a home. It's what they long for every day they're homeless. #2) We will work with the Vinita, Ketchum and Langley police departments/animal control officers. Will there be bumps along the way - absolutely. Can they be resolved - - yes they can.
#3) Will we save all dogs and cats - - no one can honestly say that unless they have another facility that makes the tough decisions for those who are critically injured and/or fail a temperament test for rehabilitation/adoption.
Thanks to social media, we are able to greatly expand our options to spread the word about available dogs and cats and find solutions that would have been impossible four to five years ago. Social media is rewriting rescue in a very positive way. All of us in rescue (especially the animals) are pleased. It goes without saying, of course, that editing a post before you send it (when it has an opinion not a fact) is critical.....hard to do but critical.
So - - yes we will open - - no we do not have a firm date - - yes it could be a close race with the Glass House. Most importantly - one year from now we will look back and see the tremendous progress we've made. In the meantime, I'm going to enroll in a on-line "patience course for the inpatient professional". I know I need it.
Kay Stout 918-256-7227 e: email@example.com
The many faces of rescue are colorful, emotional, caring, dedicated and sometimes a little off plumb....it takes all of us to stay focused on rescuing animals, finding forever homes for them and sometimes making gut-wrenching decisions.
If you are one of us - - we're a special force to be reckoned with; if you know some one who is in rescue - - cut us some slack when we get over emotional, don't understand why you're not longer in love with your pet, or we've watched the fear in an animals' eyes because the person(s) they trusted and loved and left them behind or left them to fend for themselves.
What we all passionately believe is that our world is better because of the pets who greet us each night, love us unconditionally, think we're fabulous when we're having a bad day, and rain or shine, good days, bad days - no matter what They Love Us!!!!!!!!
If you've never experienced this love - - give it a chance. Your life will be forever changed and if you adopt a rescue/shelter animal I just know you get extra credit somewhere.
In the world of animal rescue, numbers are frequently quoted when it comes to Spay Neuter. While mathematically they are impressive, the reality is usually not as dramatic. Doesn't lessen the impact of Spay/Neuter - - but alters what some would throw out as valid results.
The Miami Animal Alliance recently had a successful spay/neuter clinic -52 dogs/cats. IF you made an assumption that there were 26 dogs and 26 cats - then did the math based on figures used in the world of rescue - -the population three years from now would be reduced by 6,000+ dogs and 4,000+ cats. The reality is most of the dogs and cats would have been spayed/neutered at some point and they would not have bred every time the females came into heat. It doesn't lessen the importance of effective Spay/Neuter - but realistically changes the figures.
Where that number may be most accurate is with a good Trap/Neuter/Release of feral cats. PAAS is currently working with area residents to implement a comprehensive program. The area veterinarians are also participating and that will have a significant impact on stray cats/kittens in the next three years.
Based on the phone calls I field each day, northeast Oklahoma has too many stray/homeless dogs and cats that are dumped along the road and/or left on a farmer/ranchers property. So the numbers won't be as dramatic, but it is important to remember each animal that doesn't play a part in the reproduction cycle plays a huge role in preventing the suffering and trauma unwanted dogs and cats experience. We've domesticated them - they now rely on humans for food, companionship and a warm place to sleep.
When you watch the "news" on television - never forget it is about ratings - - Here's a paragraph from the story about Diane Sawyer leaving the World News team for ABC. All forms of traditional news - rather radio, tv or newsprint - - charge for advertising based on listenership or readership. One reason Super Bowl ads are outrageous..... and look at the age range that is KEY - - 25-54.....Okay - my soap box for today.
In her time at "World News," Sawyer and ABC News saw some of the best ratings in program history. After Sawyer took over for Charlie Gibson in 2009, the show gained an 8 percent ratings boost in just the first month. Today, "World News" is edging closer to its rival "NBC Nightly News" for the first time in years. The show saw a rare streak of ratings wins in 2014, beating NBC News in the key A25-54 demo in Q2-- for the first time in over six year
This is a short blog - - but well worth listening to - - and it's true - - I know - - I'm part of the business.
Go to the 60.57 mark if you do not want to listen to the whole two hours. Joel is on every Sunday - - I join him on the 3rd Sunday of each month for the segment on jobs and the economy.
I know I have Electronic ADHD - - and I'm not looking for a cure.
Years ago, I would have had to search for hours - go to the library - - read thru mountains of saved articles - been sidetracked along the way - and, if I didn't give up - - finally find all the information I needed on a variety of subjects.
Today - thanks to the internet, dropbox, google/bing search, wikipedia, et al - my adhd is fun - productive and I always learn something new without leaving the comfort of my chair in front of the screen. My biggest challenge is filing the information in a folder that will make sense 6 months from now when I'm looking for that information.
Example: Today was the Memorial Marathon in OKC. For all of us who lived here in 1995 - our lives were forever changed. The marathon has meaning, purpose and a sense of history each time it is run.
The opposite is the Color Run - - just pure enjoyment -- and everyone has a good time. It was yesterday in Tulsa. But search led to me to these amazing facts:
The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality.
Now the single largest event series in the United States, The Color Run has exploded since our debut event. We have more than tripled our growth, hosting more than 170 events in 30+ countries in 2013.
I attended a conference on Shelter Management yesterday. The information shared - - the email links I wrote down will answer questions in the coming year - and I won't have to go anywhere except to my dropbox to find the information.
Electronic ADHD is FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Wall Street Journal asked for feedback on good/bad bosses and employees. Here's what I wrote:
Bosses/co-workers rude - YES!!!! My career began before the words "sexual" and "harassment" were put together. Some situations - I left the company; others - I tolerated. Eventually, I learned to look at the long-term benefit/cost to stay or leave - then made my decision accordingly. Bad bosses are usually insecure (either professionally or personally); difficult employees are often overwhelmed with their personal challenges and it flows over into the workplace. Good bosses get great results - - our local example is an NBA franchise - the Thunder.
A wonderful story of love, friendship, and the human spirit. http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/9454322/why-stayed
Sarge - drafted for service at the Norman’s Veteran Center
Sarge, a rescued dog, had a royal welcome at the Norman Veterans Center on October 19th. Second Chance Animal Sanctuary rescued him from a local shelter. Mickey, Second Chance trainer, described him as somewhat ornery when he first saw him, but he was also super sweet and had tons of energy. Second Chance works with the Friends for Folks training program at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington, OK.
The residents at the Norman Veterans Center had recently said “goodbye” to Little Bit – a four-legged, tail-wagging , lovable dog that had been a resident for 10 years. There was a huge hole that needed to be filled – and Sarge was the answer. Dr John Otto, a Norman veterinarian who works closely with Friends for Folks said: “It’s such a gift to take an animal that was not wanted, take the inmates, who a lot of them aren’t wanted, bring them together, and have them produce something good.
In a letter written by the inmate who trained Sarge, he said: “I am a veteran myself, I felt it was an honor to train him for you….Sarge has lots of love and joy to give and in time, his paw prints will grow. He will find his own special place in your hearts, just like he did to many of us here” . Inmate Miller placed a POW-MIA name tag on Sarge.
Kay Stout, Executive Director of Second Chance said: “It is beyond words to understand that a dog once homeless, in a shelter, scheduled to be euthanized is now being loved by men and women who have served our country. We gave him a second chance and now he will have the best life possible”.
This Veterans Day – remember those who serve our country and Sarge – who got a second chance at life.
Kay Stout, Executive Director