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Collective Impact in Animal Rescue

Collective Impact in Animal Rescue

Last week I was in Austin, Texas for the Collective Impact Convening Conference. A long name, an interesting experience, and a new way of looking at solving problems, building coalitions. There were 700 attendees from 45 states and 6 countries. For those who’ve been...

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Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air

We don’t need a calendar to know spring is in the air. Just look at the calves, lambs, baby chickens and bunny rabbits – not to mention puppies and kittens. It is a time of new beginnings, new life. The goal, though, is for there to be fewer and fewer puppies and...

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22 Reasons We Do What We Do

22 Reasons We Do What We Do

Pick a name – any name – from this list: Deckard, Bane, Spring, Mari, Nova, Carwash, Kramer, Scotch, Mason, Chase, Bran, Izzy, Narcissa, Remy, Choco, Cheri, Spot, Bear, Rocky, RJ, Koda, Cookie. Pick a rescue – Pauls Valley, Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, Sapulpa Furry...

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Bonded Sisters

Bonded Sisters

Hi, we’re Eartha and Ellen. People tell us we were part of a litter dumped under a culvert. We felt really, really bad and it was discovered we had parvo. Only Eartha and I survived. We were cared for by Lake Area Pets and like all siblings, wanted to stay together....

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Skin In The Game – It Works

Skin In The Game – It Works

Skin in the game applies to so many different facets of our lives. When you invest time, money, or talent to a project it has greater significance to you. This has been proven with our Pet Over Population (POP) grant. Habitat for Humanity uses sweat equity; The...

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Since 2014-15, We’ve Come a Long Long Way at PAAS

Since 2014-15, We’ve Come a Long Long Way at PAAS

PAAS broke ground February 27, 2014. We opened April 17, 2015. So much has happened since then. Here are some 2017 Figures to put it in perspective: Vinita pound rescues = 154 Owner/Surrender = 70 Family pets “fixed” = 406 Feral Cats “fixed” = 50 Families helped = 210...

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Where We Are Today – It Is Not Where We Started

Where We Are Today – It Is Not Where We Started

We broke ground for PAAS in February 2014. I do remember looking at the plans, the site and feeling somewhat overwhelmed at the challenges we would probably face moving forward. Fortunately, I couldn’t see into the future. We officially opened in April 2015 and...

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Making Connections

Making Connections

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...

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Forgiveness is a Key Ingredient in Rescue

Forgiveness is a Key Ingredient in Rescue

Last week I saw too many comments on why the Eagles shouldn’t be in the Super Bowl because of Michael Vick. He’s not part of the NFL and the 2018 team should not be held accountable for the actions of someone who is no longer a player. The more difficult subject –...

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Building A Team – Challenging and Rewarding

Building A Team – Challenging and Rewarding

In 2015, one month before we broke ground, Rhonda joined PAAS as our veterinary technician and our journey to building a team in animal rescue had begun. For the next 4 months, we worked out of an office on Wilson while they were finalizing construction. In April, we...

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