The holidays will soon be here - - and an end of the year decision for many. Your CPA/Financial Advisor will recommend you make donations to non-profits - - - - and non-profits each year pray THEY will be the one selected.As you look to the holidays, plan your giving and make decisions to give to those non-profits who provide needed services - - for all of us in rescue - - we hope you will remember us. Of course, PAAS wants to be on your list - - but most importantly - - we hope you remember a rescue.As a society, we've done an outstanding job of domesticating many animals - - including dogs and cats. As a result, they look to all of us to provide food, shelter and veterinary care. Somewhere along the line far too many people have decided they are not responsible for how many unwanted dogs and cats enter the world each year (so they continue to breed); what is going to happen to their pets when they pass (please, please think about it and have a plan in place); or who will step up the plate and care for their animals when they find themselves in a difficult place in life.For those of you who've been fortunate and have funds you would like to give to a non-profit - - you make the difference - - a huge, huge, huge difference for the troopers who every day work tirelessly to help homeless dogs and cats find a new chance and a new home. Remember us - - of course - - but also remember and help other non-profits who are waiting for a holiday gift of love in the form of cash.Kay Stout - - - Executive Director e: email@example.com Facebook: PAAS Vinita
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.