By the time you read this, 2017 will have arrived, whether you stayed up or went to bed and welcomed the New Year the next morning. It’s here.

The PAAS journey started in 2015 with Miss Ruby.

PAAS rescue dogs

While she couldn’t tell us her story, the evidence suggested abuse and signs that she had been a bait dog.

She was ready to give birth and waited until she got to the Richardson Birthing Center, a division of PAAS.

We end 2016 with Miss Etilly and Miss Dixie both waiting at the Richardson Birthing Center to either have the last puppies of 2016 or the first puppies of 2017.

It truly took a village – okay Facebook/Cell phone connections – to save Miss Etilly.

She was picked up in Muskogee by Anne, met in Claremore by Vicki and Tom, and Ludie found her, made the arrangements.

Now we wait – for the New Year and for puppies.

The numbers tell the story of lots of hard work, great partners and out-of- state connections.

And we’re looking forward to the New Year with goals in place, the continuation of effective programs and new partnerships.

We received a grant from the Flint Family Foundation to reinstate our income qualified, low-cost, spay/neuter program.

For those on the waiting list, you will be called first. And, please spread the word.

You bring proof of income to our office. We verify it, you select one of the participating veterinarians, take documentation and $10.00 to the veterinarian to have your pet “fixed”.

We want to change the face of homeless, dumped, unwanted dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

Our out-of- state transport will continue to grow.

Each week, working with area municipalities, shelters and rescues, 35+ dogs head to a good life in Colorado.

To date, more than 1,500 have made the trip.

The Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center training program is expanding.

We will have our next graduation January 9th.

Scared, homeless dogs spend eight plus weeks at NOCC, living with a trainer and handler 24/7/.

It changes the dog’s life, the inmates benefit and the graduates are ready to go to their new home.

We are successful because of the financial support we receive.

When you give to PAAS, it is a tax deduction for you and you know you’ve played a key role in the life of a homeless animal who has no voice.

Make sure to check out our Facebook page – PAAS Vinita.

And – – a little past due – but a sincere Happy New Year!!!!