Two years ago PAAS had just begun to transport dogs (and a few cats) out-of- state.
It was a difficult time of transition.
PAAS had been conceived as a local rescue that would adopt dogs and cats locally. But the reality did not match the dream.
It wasn’t an easy transition for those who’d worked so hard and believed in the dream of PAAS as a local adoption center.
They cared enough to change their perception and help PAAS become a regional transport center, Pets for Life center for Vinita residents and a Pet Over-Population resource for those who live outside Vinita.
In addition, the inmate/shelter program at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center is changing the lives of the inmates, their families and the dogs who graduate with a Canine Good Citizen certificate to go on to further training to be certified as a service/therapy dog.
Mixed amongst the progress are wonderful stories. Here are a couple.
She was so terrified in the shelter, she would not walk on a leash, her tail was tucked and she shook.
Fast forward to our Birthing Center Angels at the Richardson/Rexwinkle Birthing Center.
Once she knew she was safe, she delivered 11 puppies – took wonderful care of them – and is now living the good life in Colorado.
Her puppies also went to Colorado and were adopted as soon as their pictures were up on the Dumb Friends League website.
We really celebrated when Miss Bailey also found her new home – who could resist those beautiful eyes.
And then there’s Copper. He came to us from the Vinita pound.
Small, chunky guy – long in the tooth (older) – who liked a few and tolerated everyone else.
Fortunately, he decided Avis was going to be his new Mom.
Not sure Avis understood that at first – but it quickly became apparent wherever Avis went – here came Copper.
And, oh good lord, did he let all of us know when she went home at night – he was not a happy camper.
Yes you know the rest of this story – Avis saw the light and adopted Copper!!!!
Equally important is that of the 2,300+ dogs who’ve traveled to Dumb Friends League via the PAAS transport – not one of them will either a) have puppies or b) be the father of a litter.
If you even try to do the math on how many puppies could have been born if the 2,300 dogs had not been “fixed” – it becomes very clear.
It’s always great to look back, even as we continue to move forward with our mission.