People who work in rescue are passionate about their calling.

Sometimes that passion gets in the way of collaboration, working together and solving a problem.

All of us face that challenge and each of us, in our own way, chart our course.

Most recently, with the success PAAS has had transporting dogs from the Vinita area, as well as rescues/shelters throughout Oklahoma, we’ve come to realize we save lives by transporting.

Our transports are built on trust with Denver Dumb Friends League.

That doesn’t work for everyone.

Dog and cat rescue

Some people need to interview each adopter, visit the home and check on the references.

Their focus, their success is measured much differently.

Other rescuers adopt via PetSmart/Atwoods/et al.

Some choose to ensure they find the perfect home – which can take years. I think of them as sanctuaries where the animals are safe.

Some send their dogs, one-by- one, on transports to other destinations. Thanks to social media – especially Facebook – this works beautifully.

At the end of the year, we, collectively, have saved thousands of dogs and cats.

Each rescue, in their own way, has found the path that works for them.

This past year it has been rewarding to see rescues work together, share resources and save lives. My hope is it will continue to grow.

If you’re involved with a shelter or rescue, I hope you will think about how you rescue, who you rescue and, most importantly, how many find a new home.