No shelter or rescue organization can save all the dogs and cats that need a rescue – in their area. And, when people call from another county, town or state - - the answer has is “no” because there are too many homeless dogs and cats within a 10 mile radius of any town or home in rural Oklahoma.
It is fascinating to watch people go the extra mile - - do whatever it takes to win. Here are my all time favorite examples - - most of them can be found on the internet.
One of the most difficult decisions I made had its beginning at another shelter. As you read this, please understand ….. this doesn’t work for everyone in rescue …. it shouldn’t because we need everyone working toward a common goal.
A frequent question we receive from a happy adopter of a PAAS dog is: What can you tell me about “Benji and Daisy”.
Attending the Collective Impact Convening Conference in Austin last year was a game changer for me. I saw, first hand, the progress that can be made when everyone (with different values and goals) works together for a common goal.
For northeast Oklahoma, there are no simple answers when someone has found a dumped dog or needs to rehome a dog. And cats present an even larger challenge for two reasons. #1) There are thousands of unwanted cats and kittens roaming everywhere and most municipal shelters are set up to accept a few, if any. If you talk to anyone in rescue, in this area, they will validate these statements.
Four years ago, we had just unlocked the door to the Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter a few months earlier. A beautiful building, a mission statement that said, in part, PAAS would save thousands of homeless pets in Northeast Oklahoma.
Finally, I get to tell my side of the story. My name is Bubba. I’m a nice, big, kinda grumpy, interesting fella. What I’ve come to realize is not everyone necessarily appreciates my good traits.
Anyone in rescue will tell you, if they’re honest, that a thick skin really helps when you’re dealing with unhappy pet owners - - and sometimes with each other!!!
True statement: In the early days of rescue I didn’t want to “know” how bad over population is for Oklahoma dogs and cats. Even today, it still gives me an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach, but I’m determined to ferret out a realistic count for rural rescues and municipal shelters.
Collaboration is the process of two or more people or organizations working together to complete a task or achieve a goal. Collaboration is similar to cooperation.
Welcome to the ARPA Animal Shelter of the week podcast where we introduce you to incredible organizations around the country that are focused on helping animals.
Rural Rescue is challenging. And too few people understand the reality of the challenges faced by those of us who are the “voices” for homeless pets.
Unless you live under a rock, have no friend/relatives nor electricity - - you know Oklahoma is flooded - - - - with water. Sadly, we’re also flooded with homeless dogs and cats.
With prayer and more patience than you ever thought you would have - - we will make progress in the coming months. Yes, I said months.
For the most part, I’m an eternal optimist. However, the water, floods, tornadoes, floods, damage, floods are going to tax all of us to the limits.
This week a van with rescue written on the side - - and another vehicle - - were seen in Vinita and it looked as though they were selling puppies out of the rescue van. Myself and a board member high-tailed it down there (I got there first). I sat for a minute and watched and realized it might not be what we’d suspected.
Yes, I usually write about collaboration. Yes, it is one of my favorite words. However, I also know the power of one. This past weekend, while PAAS Board Members and Staff were helping runners preregister for Run Jack Run, I heard a true life story that exemplified the power of “one”.
Saving homeless/abused/owner-surrender dogs and cats is emotional, tiring, rewarding and challenging. I’m not talking about the dogs and cats - - I’m talking about working with the people who save the dogs and cats.
I attended the 2019 Animal Care Expo in New Orleans. 2,800 attendees, 4 days of break-out sessions and town hall meetings. Vendors - - lots of vendors. It’s always a chance to share with people, meet new people, new vendors and leave exhausted.