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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 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.