One year ago, we had tentatively entered the world of transfer out-of- state.

Looking back, we had no idea how successful it would be – nor how many lives would be saved.

The first few trips were filled with apprehension, worries – – that were never justified – and success we could not have imagined.

It’s hard to wrap our minds around 750+ dogs living the good life out-of- state.

But that’s 750 dogs that have been “fixed” – – no more litters — – in forever homes.

Every Tuesday evening, our van (full of wagging tails) heads down the road. Yes, we all wait for the phone call that says they’ve arrived safely.

Then we breathe for a few days and start the process over again.

Hank and Kaiya at PAAS Vinita

It’s encouraging that several rescues/shelters have now partnered with us, so we know we are making a difference in other towns as well.

It’s also rewarding to know that some of our dogs that have a visual history of abuse will find a loving, safe, home.

Two of our most recent ones are Hank and Kaiya.

They’re both in training with inmates at NOCC and will graduate Canine Good Citizen Certificates.

Hank had a severe chemical burn on his side, but like many dogs, his ability to forgive is amazing.

Kaiya came from a hoarding/abuse case and she, too, is at NOCC getting her certificate.

Going forward we know our transfer program will grow. More dogs will be saved, “fixed” and find new homes.

For cats, the answer is local.

Consistent affordable spay/neuter programs will be the most important element in the solution.

There is no out-of- state demand for cats or kittens.

The immediate and long-term solution for cats is different than for dogs – – but the important fact to remember is there are solutions, they do work and lives are saved.

For all the rescues/shelters who work with us we say THANKS – – we’re glad you’re part of our solution.

Our mission remains – saving hundreds of lives in Northeast Oklahoma. The only thing that has changed is their destination.

Good weeks, like this one, make the hard times bearable.