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.
Five years ago, shortly after we broke ground for the Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter in Vinita, I began an intensive study on how we were going to make it “work”.
I hear from many people in rescue and see posts on dogs and cats in desperate situations.
Sometimes - - when all else fails – crabby works!!!!
For Worse….. For Better
Yeah but - - - it stops progress every time
Light bulbs bring light, cars start, ovens cook - - all because of connections. It can be equally effective in your personal and private lives.
Feb 25, 2015 we broke ground on the Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter. One year and a couple of months later, we opened the doors.
There are currently two bills at the capitol – House Bill 2149 and Senate Bill 950. For those of us in rescue – – – those who want Oklahoma to be a Humane State for dogs and cats – – and concerned pet owners – – – neither bill is good.
Kay Stout is the Executive Director of PAAS Vinita in Oklahoma, was a special guest on Community Cats Podcast.
I’ve come to appreciate the value/power of a visual over the spoken or written word. When I tell people we transfer 25 – 30+ dogs every Tuesday night to Dumb Friends League they respond with luke-warm enthusiasm in their voices