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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.