OH, if only - - probably the most popular phrase in rescue. IF ONLY people would spay/neuter. IF ONLY people would provide a safe place for their pets. IF ONLY all dogs were on heart-worm and flea/tick prevention. IF ONLY all cats were spayed/neutered - including barn cats, feral cats, outdoor cats and inside cats. IF ONLY people would realize adopting a pet should not be a spur-of-the-moment decision. IF ONLY all pets were micro-chipped. IF ONLY dog fighters would find a different sport - one that hurt no one - - especially dogs who have no voice. IF ONLY people understood the wonderful connection that can happen when they bring a pet into their home. IF ONLY the municipal shelters, private shelters and foster-based rescues never, ever had to say "no" we have no space. IF ONLY everyone in Oklahoma decided they would support good spay/neuter legislation for their city and/or county. IF ONLY, IF ONLY spay/neuter were the two most popular words in everyone's "'pet" vocabulary. IF ONLY - - - - IF ONLY.
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.