Every day we receive calls from concerned citizens about neglected, abused, unwanted, homeless animals. Here’s how you - - you reading this - - can help.
First, contact your local police/sheriff so you know the law for your area. Then, follow it. If it’s the water department, the police department, the sheriff’s office - - wherever it is - - just DO IT!!! Yes, it means taking a stand - but someone needs to do it.
Once you’ve made the complaint, then the authorities can investigate. Rescue organizations want to help, immediately, but we shouldn’t. It’s against the law and not worth risking our entire rescue operation. We sometimes lose sight of the fact that we can’t save all of them, but the reality is we can’t. We can, however, save more if you – the concerned citizen and animal lover - - do your part to help us begin the rescue process for those animals who have no voice and need someone to step up and help them.
Remember – it starts with you – you doing the right thing. And, as always, it really starts with fewer puppies and kittens - - which means Spay/Neuter - - it’s the right thing to do.
The amazing, successful underground railroad is alive and well. Today's railroad is actually dedicated individuals and organizations who effectively use social media to move hundreds (yes hundreds) of dogs to their new awaited families - - scattered throughout the northern states and Canada.
This does not include the equally effective bird in the air (aka plane). Pilots n Paws is just one of many such organizations that provides connecting rides for animals headed to a better home.
A few years ago, it would have taken many phone calls to make the necessary connections for a transport. Today - with social media - the connections are made via a text message, email or shared post on a facebook page dedicated to a specific transport, breed, or a group of concerned people who share a passion for helping.
Once our facility is open, we will be able to offer a stop-over place for animals headed up Interstate 44. We will reach out to transports and groups, let them know the logistics and space available. In addition to adoptions and transports - we will also be working with prisons to provide obedience training and organizations who train dogs for service - such as ptsd, diabetes, epilepsy and autism because, thankfully, shelter dogs are now recognized for their value as service dogs.
We have a long way to go, in Oklahoma, to save more dogs and cats. But we're making a difference and that's a start.