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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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”.
For Worse….. For Better
Feb 25, 2015 we broke ground on the Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter. One year and a couple of months later, we opened the doors.
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