Usually, the blog is about animal rescue. This week it’s about making connections.
It’s how PAAS came to have a partnership with Dumb Friends League in Colorado.
A long time ago, I attended The Pacific Institute (www.thepacificinstitute.com).
By the time I left Seattle Washington, I realized the power of thinking outside the box, visualizing results and reaching out to connect with people.
Since then, connections have opened doors, given me opportunities and provided solutions I could have never discovered on my own.
One of the most important aspects of making a connection is to just let your mind wander as you’re trying to solve a problem with the goal of “who do I know?”
All my friends know how I got an airline to send a plane to Miami to fly a soccer team to Brazil.
It was before the days of cell phones, internet connections, websites and Facebook/LinkedIn.
Today, sitting in front of a computer with a good cup of coffee, I can reach out to people all over the world.
And almost all of the time, I can refer to someone we mutually know or someone who belongs to the same Facebook or LinkedIn group.
In 2015, PAAS had a shelter full of dogs and cats, a long, long, long waiting list of owner surrenders and only a handful of potential adopters coming through the door each week.
Rhonda (veterinary technician) and I looked at each other and realized we needed a Plan B.
Fortunately, I’d just attended the Kirkpatrick Foundation’s Conference (https://safeandhumaneoklahoma.org) and made a connection.
I called him – he referred me to Bob at Dumb Friends League – and Bob said “yes” we could transport dogs to his organization on a trial basis.
The first few months were challenging, sometimes chaotic, emotionally draining and successful.
Over time we’ve established protocols that meet their standards, saved more homeless dogs and cats than we could have ever imagined and work directly with 14 other shelters/rescues.
What’s really mind-blowing is they, in turn, work with more than 30 rural rescues/shelters.
And it all started with me attending a conference and selecting the break-out session where Roger was presenting.