It’s been a rewarding week – – a week to look back, reflect and realize we are making a difference.

And, best of all, it’s the week Xavier went to his forever home. He’d been with us a long, long time.

Xavier dog adoption Vinita OK

I had the privilege of telling our story to the Vinita Rotary Club on Wednesday.

I gave them our year in review and the exciting new programs we now have – – – there are no words to describe the feeling of acceptance and validation I received.

In a little more than one year, 800+ animals have been touched by PAAS in some way – – – adoption, out-of- state transport, low cost spay/neuter, feral cat Trap/Neuter/Release.

We’re making a difference – and people are taking notice.

Xavier has been with us for a year. Smart dog, loves people, tolerates cats and accepts other dogs.

For some reason, people just kept walking past him – or not selecting him for transport.

Yes, he has a square face – yes pit bulls have square faces – but so do lots of other dogs.

Then, on Thursday, his new owner walked through our door – looked at our dogs and chose Xavier.

Also on Thursday, we had our first graduates from the training program at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center.

The program is off to an excellent start and the next class will be 5 dogs – 10 inmates will be selected to work/train them.

Below you will see Jackson and George, our first graduates, with their trainers.

Yes – – – it’s been a good week.

NOCC Dog Training graduates