I remember reading “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. I had no idea how many times, in my life, I would come to a fork-in-the-road.
Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter has come to a few forks in the road as well.
The original concept was a local adoption facility where thousands (then hundreds) of dogs and cats would find new homes.
While the supply was here (and still is), the local demand was not.
We came to a fork in the road.
The decision was made to save as many as possible which led to a change in our mission.
We chose the right fork – we’re transporting out of state – primarily to Colorado – – and we’re saving hundreds.
It has significantly changed our operations.
Today, when you walk through our doors to look for a dog or cat to add to your family, we will probably explain we have none available. Most of the time people give us a chance to explain why, but occasionally someone takes offense.
There are hundreds of dogs and cats available in our area – – Second Chance Pet Rescue of Grand Lake, Pryor Animal League, Rockin’ G, Miami Animal Alliance, Miami Animal Control, Lake Area Pet Society and many breed specific rescues on facebook.
All of us have one common goal – – save a homeless dog or cat – – then work very hard to find it a new home. Each organization has come to their own personal fork in the road many times and made the right decisions for them.
PAAS has saved hundreds – – which we couldn’t have done in a short 8 month time frame, in northeast Oklahoma. Our fork in the road led us out-of-state.
Here’s where it gets challenging.
April 23rd we will be a co-sponsor of Run Jack Run – It is a USATF sanctioned race – and they do not allow dogs on the track during a race. So – – yes PAAS is a co-sponsor – – no you can’t bring your dog. It’s the rule.