Animal Rescue of the Week: Episode 23 – Pet Angels Rescue in Oklahoma

Pet Angels Rescue in Guthrie, Oklahoma is making a difference in as many lives as possible. They have placed thousands of dogs, hundreds of cats, a few birds, bunnies, ferrets, chinchillas, and fully grown potbelly pigs. The community and volunteers at Pet Angels Rescue make things possible and they are always taking in new volunteers to help more and more animals find furever homes. They are dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals and public education of animal care and dedicated to bringing people and animals together to enrich each others lives.

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Pet Angels Rescue

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Welcome to the ARPA Animal Rescue of the week podcast, featuring outstanding organizations around the country that are helping animals & the people who rescue them. This podcast is proudly sponsored by  Doobert is a free website designed to connect volunteers with rescues & shelters, and the only site that automates rescue relay transport. Let’s meet this week’s featured animal rescue. Dana Huckabee Puckett founded Pet Angels Rescue in 1999 By renting one house to live in and one house next door to shelter homeless dogs and cats, Dana brought home the dogs and cats that no one wanted from the pet store that she worked at. Helping them find their new forever home. Dana connected with others in the animal rescue world and began networking to expand her mission. Today, Pet Angels Rescue has grown to a two acre rescue campus, and in July 2017 they open their new state of the art adoption center. Their license to hold 100 and 75 adoptable dogs and cats, including bunnies, birds and pigs. Hey, Tiffany and Carly. Welcome to the show. Hi. Hi. I’m really excited to have you guys. You are a mother daughter duo from the rescue called Pet Angels Rescue in Guthrie, Oklahoma. I’m super excited. Thio, learn more about you guys and what you do there in Oklahoma. So why don’t you kick us off and tell us a little bit about the organization and and what your role is? Well, what time is it? Tiffany and I met Dana Huckabee. Pocket, who started the rescue Pet Angels Rescue in 1999. Um, and, uh, her story is that she worked at a pet store and, um had rented the house and then ended up running in the house next door, taking home, abandon animals she would find in the store and then, you know, fast board 20 years, really 15 years, we met her, adopting a dog and adopting a husky, a little husky named Bella. Bella started it all is so funny. And 88 dogs later in our family. Oh, boy. Right. It’s It’s great, innit? All huskies and a malamute. It’s so funny that Dana really kind of what blew us away. She really is the most one of the most amazing women I have ever met. And so she is very passionate. She’s made a lot of sacrifices. She knew this was her calling on to save animals. And since she was a small rescue, she focused on, you know, the rural areas that overlooked animals and rule shelters across Oklahoma. So when we started volunteering, we saw a greater way, saw a way that we felt like we could help. You know, Dana was doing it all on her own. She was a one woman show and we which the doctors and felt like we could help get her a new adoption center. I mean, she had already made it so far about property. She grew from a little rent house to a two acre property and made it worse. She totally made it work. That missing piece was a fantastic, beautiful adoption center on that we could offer to the metropolitan area, which is Oklahoma City at Men Yukon area. So Carly graduated from University of Oklahoma and communications. We desperately need you. We can’t pay you and you. And she said, I’m on board and she had, and then she has really taken us to the next level as well with her talent. So Carly tell us. How? That how that came about, right? You were in. You were in school. You graduated. Mom said we need you, but we can’t pay you. How did how did that go over? Well, big Feli, I’m in a good, uh, position in life where I’m able to, you know, do this. And I have a lot of free time to be ableto you know, volunteer my time and in social media is really good for me to do off site to I go to the shelter about four times a week, but I work a lot of from home to a swell that I adopted a dog actually adopted the first dog from head angels when I was in college. And it just I mean, it opened my eyes to the world of breast. You. I’ve always been, you know, a dog lover. And we’ve always had dogs, but I didn’t realize there was such an issue. And Bella kind of changed all of our minds. And so when we started volunteering like my mom said, it was just kind of, you know, very fast from there. Then we were able to have this building. And so now I can have it. We all have a place to go Thio, and it’s really, really fun. It’s a good we have a good team. And so how long has the adoption center been part of the organization? So we built the adoption center in 2017 on down a very limited budget. But with the doctors that have adopted from Dana Love Dana on the doctors were successful in business, it just took means a number of people that have adopted from Dana. Um no. Dana is like the most. She’s made so many sacrifices you don’t you see her just making it and she’s totally fine with that. I mean, she would still be today totally fine. Rescuing animals with in a van with 304 100,000 miles. Probably buy now with no heat air e mean, it was just amazing how she was getting by, never complained, never had a vacation, never went anywhere overnight, lived on the property so she could watch the dogs taking them, loading them up and taking them to Petsmart, Petco. I mean to see her heart. I mean, I’ve never really I’ve been around a lot of hard working people. But I will tell you she blew me away with her dedication, her heart worker attitude. It does take a special person to get in to rescue. And it sounds like this has been something, you know, that’s been part of Dana for a very long time, obviously a minimum of 20 years. But I have a feeling that that story and that connection started, you know, started long before that. So I’m amazed at what you were able to D’oh! You know, to get her this new building to get the community this new building. And so I want to dive in a little bit more to kind of learn about the actual rescue to learn about pet angels rescue. So why don’t you guys tell me about how that works? Where you guys pull animals from what that process looks like? So we pull from, we mainly pull from a lot of the rule shelters in our area. We’ve actually pulled from 50 rule counting shelters just in 2017 3 counties received money for animal welfare, which means 74 counties do not. So the three counties that do receive money for animal welfare are Oklahoma Tulsa and Cleveland County. So you know there’s 74 counties out there basically running on nothing. And there’s a lot of euthanization in rural Oklahoma and horrible practices of it, which is not the rule shelters fault. You know, they have no resource, is there given no funding, and they make do with what they have and they’re taking it so many animals every single day, and they have to take them in eso. We mainly focus on the rural communities, and we pull from them. But, I mean, there’s also a lot of animals that we get from owner surrenders, and we live near a large metropolitan area. So we do taken owner surrenders as well, and we’ve taken in animals that have a Casey papers. So I mean, we take it I had to be taken a mixed breeds. We’ve taken a lot of large northern breeds. We take in a lot of small birds as well. So and I will say for the owner surrenders that it’s based on space. If we have the available space, who is we on? If it’s somebody that’s going through domestic abuse, but they’re not leaving their homes because they don’t want to leave their animal, so we will actually keep their animals for free. Dana has done this so many times. Just the other day there is a man living out of this car was seven to a laws on. He’s homeless and he gets admitted to the hospital and Dana gets a phone call. And he said, My dogs were in my car and I live out of my car. She goes to the car, she gets the dogs. She fixes the dogs that face their vaccinations for free. And when he gets out, he comes and she talks him into, You know, why don’t you just take two and let me keep the others and I’ll find them great homes. And it was simply because he didn’t have the money to spay a meter because he’s homeless, living in his car, that I have 100 of those stories that Dana has done for people in the community. It’s pretty incredible. Carly, I think you were the one who was talking about the 50 counties that you guys work with, right? Yeah. Um, so 50 counties out of 74 that you’re really working with, cause the three, get get funding and tell me how you make those connections. Oklahoma is not a small state, right? It’s not like New Hampshire, Rhode Island. So how are you making those connections toe work with, Um, so we have, you know, there’s a bit of an online community in animal rescue in Oklahoma. It’s called Oklahoma Rescue Network. It’s a group online and warren for short, and basically it is a interweb of networking connecting all of the rescues in Oklahoma. Together, they’ll post dogs every single day that are on euthanasia lists, and rescues can pull and tag from that online network. And that’s a huge way that we’re able to see which dog during which counties and which dogs are needing our help that are kind of far and wide. Because you’re right, you know we do. We’re kind of limited in Guthrie. So basically social media and being a part of the Oklahoma rescue network has been a huge help and finding the animals that need us, it’s pretty incredible that 50 out of 74 I mean, that’s just that’s an awesome number, and that’s in 2018. And so I’m assuming that number grows every year for you guys then? Or is that pretty consistent year over year? No, it’s It’s actually grown to the year before that We pulled from 44 and that the result of if we get increased funding were able to pull from more counties. It just seems to work that way as we get more funding, we conform or animals prep them for adoption. I mean, we would love to be able to hit all 74 counties. We would love to be able Thio, um, you know, partner with with one specific municipal shelter to really completely eliminate euthanasia all across the state but pulling from 50 or from from 74 you would love to be able to just do away with their use in Asia completely. So that’s our goal, eventually not hurt just pet angels. But for all these rescues, that air trying to get to that no queue, it’s pretty incredible the progress you’ve been able to make. And I’m assuming a large chunk of this has come just even in the last two years. Now that you have a facility that can support that, why don’t you? Because I’m a little curious How many animals are you guys able? Thio Holding your adoption center now versus what was Dana doing before the adoption center was built. So she believes in a group she loosed believes in group housing. She doesn’t like animals to be confined to a kennel. So on them since she had since she was looking after her, she really that was her hard work was getting the two acres, but was primarily on the one acre. So she has a large dog run in the back. She was living in a trailer home in the middle, so she had line of sight for the front and back on. And then she had a small dog yard in the front and then a segregated area from new intakes to have them clear, you know, their health concerns or whatever on in the front. And it was just a hodgepodge. I mean, you could tell she would just throw something together to meet that need so they would learn to be with other dogs. It’s a poor behavior problems. Obviously she wouldn’t have them in the group. She would take part of the group of them out of their own area. But when somebody comes adopt to adopt, we want to know where they It’s so funny. They want to know. Are they potty trained? How are they with kids? How are they with other dogs? Are they better with males or females? You know, and a lot of shelters don’t have all the answers because you don’t know their life prior to hitting the shelves. Having the adoption center. We have indoor outdoor kennels so they learn how to use a doggie. Doors were actually able to answer that question and that they are potty trainer, that they do keep it clean kennel. But what Dana had was groups, and so they could run and play and sleep together. And then they have access to small, climate controlled little metal building. So that was her original when, you know, from the rent house. Then she moved out to the property and had the large yards. But she didn’t have an intake area a lot, you know, an efficient intake area and in a center to draw visitors. Because if you go out her shelter prior to the adoption center, you know it’s crazy and it’s loud and there’s, you know, you can’t really have that one on one with dogs. Or if this one doesn’t work, can you go meet another dog? It was very difficult to do that on her on her original property on the acre. What that we call the South Acre without the building? Sure, and so how many? How many animals was she able to care for then, prior to the adoption center? On average? Well, she would keep it between I would say a 60 now she can keep 60 on that one acre, and then she can keep amount. Another 50. She’s license for 175. So we went with almost doubled what we were able to comfortably house by having the adoption center. Yeah, that’s what I was kind of getting at is, I was wondering what the impact waas right of the of the adoption center and so doubling is where nearly doubling is a pretty That’s a pretty big deal. So that’s really awesome that you guys were able able do that. So, in addition to the adoption center, do you guys have a foster program as well? And how does that play into the into the organization Well, since Dana, it was kind of mean. Dana was the full only full time employees and really, still is. You know, having a foster program takes a lot of work because you they you know, we, you know, fosters have to take him. She may be follow up bed appointments, which were a when they’re in our facility. We’ve got volunteers that air there every day and on the weekend. So we just have them running to that appointments or whatever. And so with Foster, you’re coordinating So many families are so many homes. So we have we would love. And that’s what our goal is to have a foster coordinator. That’s kind of our dream. And our our goal for next couple years is Do you build up our foster program? We have about 50 and our foster program right now, but we would love the hat who love the double that number. But we really need a foster coordinator to control that. So it’s not all going through. Dana. Yeah, it’s a It’s a huge piece of a rescue organization, right, But to your point, it definitely has a lot of It’s a lot of work, so I love that That’s on your future list. I think it’s important Thio to realize that you don’t have to do everything all at once, right? It might be heartbreaking, and you might struggle with it a little bit, but at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you. For the organization, for the animal, right? There’s so many different pieces. It’s a lot of work, and we feel like we don’t get justice if we don’t have one person that can truly oversee that program. I mean, and I think that is what Dana is good at. A lot of shelters or rescues struggle with is they don’t know their limits or they don’t, you know, because you want to save everybody. And Dana said I would be in that. She told me one time that I have. I have to know my limits and I have to know what we can do. It can’t do and where we have to stop the quality of the animals lives, it decreases if we if we’re doing too much for taking in two minutes, if we have too many foster homes that we can’t keep up with it is it is a disservice to the animal. And she So that’s what that’s our goal. And that’s what she wants very much is to have somebody that can oversee that. And so I know we’re gonna get there the But we want to do it the right way. Yeah. Why don’t you tell me about the kind of animals and the process for once the are in your care. So Dana really likes to focus on pulling the ones that that need it. The ones that are sick or they have a broken leg Where were, you know, fearful. And they need socialized the ones that are not easy to get out of the rule shelters. We do pull a lot of northern breeds. A lot of we have got in a lot of German shepherds recently because I guess they kind of get to like, their six month mark and they, you know, if they’re not exercised properly, they kind of are crazy. And, you know, they have a lot of energy and nowhere to use it. And so we take in a lot of dogs that people give up on, uh and so We have a 48 square foot adopt 4800 square foot adoption center. It’s extremely inviting. We wanted it to be very colorful. We didn’t want it to look institutional. So there’s colors everywhere. We have a blue love blue purple green lobby with, um, a really inviting front area. We have a cat room that is connected to our lobby in our cats are living the dream they actually have. So they have a free of a free room cat room with a little small or up the little TV in there where they can watch a cat DVD. It’s called the Cat Sitter DVB swat at that all day like birds and minds. And so they have that free room room, and then we have a cat d’oh! Outside of that room that they can go outside and spend time in. We have a little area where it goes out into our lobby that they can climb out into and catwalk. Do you have a little catwalk in our lobby, enclose catwalk and so are packed. Room is really fun. We have I honestly, really enjoy spending time in there, and then we have to meet and greet room so we can bring dogs up to meet families. They can bring their dogs to our adoption center so we can introduce starves, you know the right way. So they’re not just kind of going into your home. Um, you know, without any knowledge of if they’re going to get along with the dogs currently in your home. And then we have a indoor kennel area where how’s about I would say 24 dogs at a time. And that’s kind of where we hold them for medical to kind of get them updated on vaccines to get them spayed and neutered er, to get just just to check him out, get him thio acclimating to being in her shelter. And then we, uh, once that there, once they run out of their medical hold, then we introduce them to our dorms and all the other doors, and we try to socialize them, And so then we’ll test them behaviorally with other Dar’s. We can also cat test and weaken room tests and to make sure they would do okay, you know, in a home environment overnight, we do a lot of testing because people do want to come in and they really want, you know, the perfect dog. I will say, you know, they want the dog that’s potty trained and the dog friendly, cat friendly kid friendly. So we really try to know that information before we send them into a home on Dhe. Then once they’re ready for adoption, we promote them on social media. We put them on our website. I actually take all of the photos and take photos and everything. And so I, where I really wanted to with our social media, was kind of flipped the stigma on rescue and not make it so dark and, you know, emotional. There’s, you know, stole those stories that you have to tell that are emotional and sad, but we don’t like to emotionally hijacked people, you know. We want it to be very bright. We want people to think that adoption is the cool thing to do. And instead of going to a pet store, maybe, you know, people will want to come out to our shelter and see all of our amazing dogs. We get in some really, really incredible dogs that my mom and I both have grown really close to in cats. We are director actually just rescued a bunch of parakeets. So we do get a lot of odd animals here and there to that in our lobby and stuff like that we’re able to in our adoption process is neat because we really try to pair the animal to the home. We make sure it’s a good fit before they go into the home, and we also dio a pretty we think it’s We really don’t think it’s out extensive, but most people do. We do, uh, that check So we will call and make sure that the potential doctors current dogs are up to date on vaccines we d’oh. We don’t do home checks, but if we have a dog that we know is an escape artist will do offense check to make sure their fence can contain the dog that it’s not gonna, you know, hop over or dig under. We really prepare people for the animal because you know we don’t want them to just finally sings out on their own. We want them to adopt the dog already, knowing you know, the things that we know. Obviously, things come up, but you know We tried to be very transparent with our animals and finding them the right Holmes. You’re not only allowing them to kind of gravitate. Er picked the animal that they want, But you’re sitting down and you’re having a conversation with them and making sure that the experience is inclusive. Right you’re talking about, you know, the fenced yard. You’re talking about their living situation, you know, you’re learning about them to make sure that okay, you’ve fallen in love with this animal. But now we need to make sure that everything else kind of alliance. Right. So I love that you’re kind of looking at that as as a whole picture. And you’ve taken a lot of little pieces, right? And I don’t know if if Dana picked out, you know, certain certain things, like the color and the layout in the cat room in the Caddy eo and write all of these different elements. But it really sounds like it’s what she wanted. And it sounds like the community is really rallied around that. Yes, she told me one time She said, I’ve had this. I’ve had this in my head for 15 years. I’ve had this dream this building adoption center in my head for 15 years, and I think she has been to so many shelters. She’s chosen the things that really impressed her, that work, and she just cut all of those into this building, knowing she wanted a bright, inviting, beautiful shelter. And another aspect our shelter is that I felt, was was a fantastic idea. She could have used the spacing for for additional kennels, but instead she made a park. So we have an outdoor park so we can take the dogs. Volunteers can come take the dogs out of the kennels once they’re cleared medically and go take him to a part in our park attached part. Take him off the off the liege and they run and run and play. And we have little Walmart swimming pools filled with eyes and water and the jump and nose. And I mean it just it. And you just sit there and you just love the wash them. They just look so free and they run so fast they are. We pay play faction throw balls, and it’s also great for when families were looking at a particular dog. When we take their dog and a dog they want to adopt out into the park to play together. That part was genius, I think because everybody loves it, it’s It is definitely the gathering place when volunteers come during the week and on the weekends. I think it’s cool that she took that into consideration because I think in a lot of shelters or adoption centers, it really is about segregating the animal right. Each dog has a kennel and and their own so space, and they only get taken out when the volunteers come in. And I think that’s a really cool thing for her to have thought about, knowing that they’re pack animals and they should be together. And they want to be together and and in a stressful environment, right, whether there are whether they’re an older surrender or there were stray and they were brought in, it’s a sad it’s a sad change for them, but I think those little things being around other dogs, I think, helped them get through that until they find their forever home. Yeah, exactly. And then when somebody comes to adopt, you know, by the time they reach our dormitory area and they’re living with upto five dogs in a dorm with with a yard, a large long yard, her each dorm on. By the time that family will come, we know that they didn’t know how to use a doggy door that they’re good with males and females are just with males. A quick meeting we could answer a lot of questions were brutally honest. I will say, you know, we will. We will let the doctors know if if if they pee on something, you know their markers if they are chewers. If they, uh you know, if they’re a little food, aggressive, toy, aggressive, you know, whatever it may be, wear very brutally honest if we discover those things while they’re in our care, right? Yeah. No, I think it’s just another another way that you’re being inclusive, right? People want to know they have questions and they want to know all the details that you know about that specific animal. And if you know them right, it’s an open dialogue. It’s a conversation, and I think it helps people make the right decision. It helps ensure that you’re doing what you can to help all the people in the animals in the pairing process. So a lot of organizations talk about the educational component. Do you guys have an educational component for your community? Yeah, we do we? So when we do have a doctors come in that, you know may not be completely updated on heartworm print of preventative, we understand that sometimes you just haven’t had that. No one’s really told you what How you know, hard workers could get transmitted, how easily it happens, and you know the type of preventative you can put your dogs on. So we do try to educate people about, you know, different types of vaccines that we give our animals that they may not on, not a in a non judgmental way. And we let people kind of go ahead and update their vaccines, even if they haven’t already. So we do try on them on a medical side to really promote health and keep your arms updated on a heart because it’s such an issue right now in Oklahoma. And then there’s mosquitoes everywhere, so you know, it’s very rare mint. Plus, we get a lot of dark with heartworm disease that we, you know, therefore have to take care of. So we try to really promote, you know, the right health care for your dogs, especially when they’re coming in and adopting. Yeah, I definitely think it’s important. It’s It’s a great piece to include on DSO. I’m glad you again. It’s It’s about open, open dialogue. Do you guys have vets that you partner with locally? We do. We have 33 beds and you know, when you have a bet, you really have to get be ableto because that care, medical care, that’s one of our highest costs. Obviously way. Have a bet that actually. So if we have a large rescue and we have a lot of dogs and we have a case that just happened not very long ago, we got 22 dogs that we rescued in Logan County that came in covered in parasites and in Maine, just in horrible worms. Hookworms What worms? Roundworms? It’s awful. So we have a specific that that will come to our shelter, and we actually have a that room at the shelter to so they can come in with baggage of each one of them. We test him for heartworms would give them an overall health check and physical and and do blood tests and so forth. And, um and so that we have a bet that comes on side for those situations. And then we have two other beds in the community close by. Andi, do you know we have to get, you know, So we’re gonna have a surgery like we have one that’s getting a hernia surgery. We had to go between the two beds to find out who could give us the lowest cost. But these are veterinarians that we’ve worked with three years, so either one is amazing or any of them are amazing that we work with and built relationships with over the over the years again. You know, another important component, you know, of rescue, specifically right is building those relationships within the community and just between the businesses and the vets and your volunteers, I’m just thoroughly impressed with, you know, with what you guys have been able to do in the dedication to kind of stick this out for 20 years. And it sounds like you guys are really just getting started, which is really, really exciting. Why don’t you tell me a little bit about you had made a quick comment, Um, that I want to kind of go back to about how you want a partner with a with the high kill shelter in the state of Oklahoma. I You said it so quickly in passing, but I want to learn more about that. What are you looking to do there? Well, I have Thio have a disclaimer. I did steal this idea. Wait, is it my head tonight? This in Wyoming? And I’ve become friends with a side of that there. Sometimes we go to Wyoming and I have a vet friend there and she started this amazing program. It’s called the Wyoming Shelter Program, where she does incredible amount of me. Thousands of Spain ood or across the state Wyoming has No, we have a week in Oklahoma has a horrible spay neuter statute. But Wyoming has nothing and no Spain neuter laws. And so I actually learn about this through then and they partnered with a high kill shelter. And so Dana and I have talked about this and we’re in the planning stages right now riding and grant about to submit, and we want to do it sort of take their idea will actually take their ideas, and it’s working and finding ideas. And it’s working for somebody else. And it saves animals because is that front in problem? It’s the spay neuter problem. I mean, it’s great if we could stop euthanasia reduced euthanasia, but to get there, the spay neuter has to be addressed. I mean the pain and suffering. If you can stop it, why wouldn’t you with spay neuter? So what Wyoming did and it’s the Adoption Center in Jackson, Wyoming. They’re amazing. They’re director’s names. Carry the veterinarian that started and actually created this program as Heather, Dr Heather Carlton. And she baked, partnered with, negotiated and partnered with Rock Springs, Wyoming Shelter had it very high euthanasia rate and had their euthanasia day was every Thursday, so they specifically partnered with them. They raised the money so that anybody that adopted from that municipal shelter every dollar cat would be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. So they negotiated with a local veterinarian, a spay neuter prize toe lower the spay neuter price, and then they would send the Bill Thio, the Jackson Animal or the Adoption Center. I’m sorry, and they would pay the bill. And so they did this over the course of a year, and these statistics were such that it proved that their intake numbers drastically were redrew, reduced. They no longer have a euthanasia day there. They there. I think they have no, or maybe 2% use in Asian for dogs, 4% is in Asia for cats. When it was in the seventies and eighties, percent it was, it was. But the intake numbers are way down, and so the the city voted. And now, if there’s a city ordinance that every cat or dog that leaves that municipal shelter is spayed or neutered, I mean, no question, it’s it’s now statute. So there were an ordinance, and so that’s what we would love to do. And so we want to start possibly with Logan County. It’s very rural District one. Logan County is a a lower income area, and they have a shelter here that really struggles, and we we want to approach them and work with them, and we do help the Logan County sheriff. He does call on us. We don’t have an agreement or a contract with the Logan County Municipal Shelter or with the Logan County share, but he does come and get it. Dana help seem on a number of rescues, and so we would love to work with them. If there’s one that’s three or four hours away, we don’t care. We just wanna find that shelter. It’s got high numbers and partner with them because we think we can do the same thing that Jackson, Wyoming, did does. Yeah, I think it’s really important Thio to talk to people and outside of your community because there are some really great things happening in animal welfare. I think sometimes you know, with organizations, it’s easy to put blinders on right focus of things that are right in front of you. And sure that helps the animals in your possession at that very moment. But to your point, how do you tackle that bigger problem? And I think what you guys are doing years, you’re really looking outside the box. You’re really leaning on people that you know, and you’re willing to build these relationships, um, to kind of look at that at how you can help on a bigger Platt farm. But I think it’s really cool that you’re looking outside the box. And you you’ve said this works, right? They’ve proven it. There’s research out there that shows if they can do it. Why can’t we? Yeah, exactly. Exactly. Yeah, I think that’s I think that’s really cool. And so we definitely hope that this well will help connect you with some other shelters within Oklahoma so that you’re able Thio to kind of work on that that future plan. I’m really excited to see how that goes for you. I know you’re working on supporting the Oklahoma City animal shelter. I think I said that right on their initiative. So why don’t you take a few minutes and kind of tell us what you guys are doing with, um in Oklahoma City? A lot of our taxpayer money goes to an initiative called Maps for Fun Day, and they City Council will vote where the maps funding will go. And there’s many projects that are presented in front of City Council in the Oklahoma City mayor. And it’s ongoing currently. But we were able to work with, um, an initiative, an initiative called Pause for Maps For and you go to pause from ap sport dot com to really read about it. But what they’re asking is for some of that maps, funding or just a small portion of it, go to a new animal shelter for the Oklahoma City area at the Oklahoma City animal shelter is not equipped to take in the animals that they’re currently in taking. And so and they have a very outdated facility. It’s not people friendly. It looks very institutional. They’re having Thio kind of double dogs into kennels. It’s just not the best situation. And so they’re asking for a brand new state of the art facility that people can go to and want to go to to adopt a dog. It’s just It’ll be really beautiful. You know, we have a gorgeous do in Oklahoma City in our animal shelter is not at that caliber whatsoever. And so this would well, it would help create space for a lot of the animals. Oklahoma City. That way we can reduce the euthanasia numbers in Oklahoma City, but it also allows us to focus on the rule shoulders because we still pull animals from Oklahoma City. So we’re still pulling a lot of dogs from there that don’t have to be and in the month of June, they had to euthanize 467 adoptable healthy animals that you know, did not need to be put down. And there was just an issue of spacing. So this new shelter that we’re asking wraps for to fund would be just an amazing thing for Oklahoma City. So we hope you know that we can kind of make a difference in our large metropolitan areas. Well, as our rule communities. Yeah, definitely sounds like a really cool initiative on. And it sounds like one that’s definitely needed. 467 animals you mention in the month of June. I don’t know if people can really wrap their head around that, Um, that’s a lot, right. I’m struggling to wrap my head around that. Andi made it very clear that they were healthy and adoptable, and it was just because of space. So I think everybody out there listening knows that that’s a problem across the country, right? And I think for you guys having that that opportunity to to make that impact, um e think is huge. So I I love that you guys were focused on what you do. But you’re also aware of the things that are happening, you know, in your larger community. And I gotta say, Carly, that’s not something that I hear very often. Um, so I just I want it. Oh, I want to make sure that you guys know how great that is. Um, it’s again, as I mentioned before, it’s hard to look outside the box, right? And I think you guys are doing a fantastic job with that, um and I Yeah, really, it’s I just want to applaud you for what you are able to dio what you’re going to D’oh. Um, and I really look forward to seeing the impact that you guys is continue to make. Thank you. Yeah, The last big thing I know that we want to talk about is the fundraising aspect. Fundraising is always really difficult and rescue. So why don’t you tell us what that looks like for you guys and how Dane has been able to progress. So we get going no government funding. We rely solely on individual donors and supporters in foundations that was submit grants to. And so our largest foundation supporters have been that Kirkpatrick Foundation Law cart in Petco and Watershed. Um, and then some individual families and organizations that have been very generous knew our cause, but what we never had was a an annual fundraiser. And so again, I’m I’m great at stealing other people’s ideas. So I’ll go back to Jackson and I went We We love their adoptions, that we love their programs there and obviously become close to them. And so we were invited to their at their annual fundraiser, and I and I told Carrie, the director of the adoption center, Terry said, Okay, just sat there and on my little napkin. I was making notes of the things that you guys did, and I’m all confident I’m coming back thinking I could do this. I could do this way. We could do it in our backyard and take your calls on my call. Steve Moakler, country music singer and say Hi state Can you can, you know. And so it was a lot harder than I thought I would have to say, and but we did it last year, and we we said, Okay, if we walk away and we’ve made $10,000 it’s a huge success and we’re not gonna hound people. We’re not gonna have a live auctions. We just feel like that was just too much to ask of people. So we did some silent, had great silent auction items, and we had a an amazing turnout. And I think a lot of that was because of Steve donating a concert, a free concert. And so we’re doing that again this year, and we’re in the planning stages Dibs already committed. It’s gonna be held in October. And, um, we’re really excited because we think it’s going to be even bigger and better. And I will say that was the one individual fund raising that pet Angels has ever done. That’s raised the most amount of money for organization, and it directly impacts the animals. I mean, we didn’t have We don’t have bonuses. We don’t drive a fancy car. You know, nobody. Nobody pocketed this money that that we heard about from We’ve heard horror stories. We’ve got a great board that watches the men. You have a great director that is extremely frugal. I mean, to the point, I’m like Dana, we have to get a new something, and she’s going this can work for a number of years. It’s It’s just fine, you know? So we’re very frugal and we don’t We don’t hire a lot of staff, but they have a lot of volunteers during the week and back. Last year, in 2017 we had about 3000 hours volunteer time donated. In 2018 we had over 6000 hours of volunteer donated time. And that’s that’s day to day help, too. That’s just day to day operations as well as another team that comes in on the weekends. That’s a volunteer for our adoption events. So the fundraiser, it is just It’s amazing. It’s amazing for organization because we can save more animals, we can get more done and we can offer more spacing, build up more space and do the spay neuter program that we want to do so bad. Yeah, that’s incredible. Growth. Tiffany 3000 and 2017 3000 hours in 2017 6000 hours and 2018. Do you guys know what you’re on schedule for in 2019? I’m just curious, since we’ve hit the halfway mark, and I really think is this adoption center Everybody loves being there on it’s bright. It’s fun. It’s almost like a party. Our adoption events are like parties. We have volunteers that bring food. We love bringing the animals up. We have a little, uh, groom room, and so volunteers will be bathing dogs. I mean, it really is fun. I honestly believe we’re gonna have close to 8000 hours by the end of this year, and that’s that’s I’m being conservative on that. I think it’s it will be much more. We have a post adopt. We have a girl that does all of our post adoption phone calls to check on the animals three days, three weeks and three months phone calls to check on how the animals are doing. We have one of our board members that’s a trainer and animal training. He’s a medical salesman by day, but he will come and train the dogs air, having behavior issues to make them more adoptable, and then once dogs get into the homes. If if our phone telephone call finds that you know that they’re having trouble with whatever issue, he will actually visit, schedule and visit the home and help show them things that they can change to make it work, and I just I love that and that’s free. Nobody. Nobody’s charging anyone for that. I mean, he does it on his own time. And I just think things like that and volunteers like that are extremely valuable to our mission. Yeah, no, I I couldn’t agree. I couldn’t agree more. And I always love when conversations kind of, you know, kind of wrap up on that volunteer, um, side of things. So I want to take a few minutes. I want to know from each of you what your memorable story is for your time and in animal welfare. We were contacted. I will probably last honestly, probably last September October about a dog that was living on a chain in very rural Oklahoma. And it was, you know, kind of knocking on dot store. The community actually had this step in and contact local authorities to ask about the dog. And it was actually Glenn Award. She’s an amazing animal rescuer and director of an animal rescue of care and a curtain county. She stepped in and was able to negotiate Finns surrender. His name is Finn, who was a husky. She was able to negotiate his surrender with the owner. And I mean, he was severely mount nourished. He had no access to food or water, no human contact. And he lived in a deplorable location with no shelter of any kind. He and he’d been living on a chain for about a year in 10 months, which was his age. So for his entire life, he was living on a chain and had no one taking care of him. I think it was the result of a really bad divorce. And it was he was kind of kept out of spite. It took a lot of medical care. We were actually the ones to go and get him. And we before we exported and pulled up, and we saw him. And we both like each other just, like, started crying. And I said, Okay, we gotta pull it together. We’re gonna get out, and we’ve just gotta getting and get him in the car. And we can’t We can’t be crying and we get out and we meet Lana, and then Glenna starts going on. We’re just, you know, and we indeed we got him in the car. We brought him home. Andi, He and we just We run into the shelter and the volunteers medicine, the door were all crying and we bring him in. I mean, I’m gonna send you a before and after picture. Glenna actually came and visited us on right when then was ready for adoption when he’s super healthy and ready. And she said if I didn’t know you, I would not believe that you were showing me the same dog. I mean, and we got a man the most amazing home with a huge backyard, no more chains on. He has a brother and an amazing family that have all that have only adopted rescue dogs. And I was into What we did is every day we would go take him out of the kennel and bring him into our lobby. And so getting used to people on being loved on in the capacity for love that he showed everybody it was amazing after after how he had been treated for so long living on this chain, I mean, and the fact that he, you know, I mean, I weigh, just get it blew us away. I mean, it really kind of taught us a lot, but it really blew us away, and it had a huge impact on Carl and I book. I mean, I literally could not leave town because I felt like if we missed one day getting him out of his kennel and taking minutes into the lobby, to be with us would when he would go backwards. But it was just It was just amazing story. Yeah, you know how lucky has been to have met you guys and been part of a community that cared enough about him? Thio kind of help in that situation and, you know, rescue him. What an incredible story with everybody involved. It’s not just you guys. It’s not just Glenn IEDs the community. It’s what people saw the fact that they saw something and said something and wanted to help. Really sad, because the neighbors had even called law enforcement and law enforcement went to the owner and the owner told them, always just sick. I’ve got him on medication, and since it’s such a rural area and everybody knows everybody, for some reason, they wouldn’t they wouldn’t enforce and taking the dogs and said she took a two gallon a bottle of water a two gallon jug of water poured the water in a bowl for him. He drank the entire two gallon of wall of water. I mean, it was just It’s sad. No, I mean, that happens more often than I think. We realize that more often than we want to acknowledge, right. So even one successful story I think makes it makes a huge difference. I think it gives other people the hope and the ability to to do something about what they see. So hopefully your story will inspire others toe kind of step in and help where it’s needed. Absolutely, always speak up. If you believe the dog is being mistreated, any animal that’s being mistreated, I mean, it’s it’s always the speaking up is always the right thing to do, and we’re together. I mean, it’s it’s really important because we’re all we’re all doing the same thing. We’re all trying to, you know, help these animals. And so it’s It’s really great to have people who are willing to work, and I kind of have a collective impact. Is there anything else that we may have missed that you want to mention before we wrap things up? Uh, no, I If you want to follow us on social media, it’s just at Angels rescue. You could go to pet Angels rescue dot org’s Well, we’re definitely at our time, ladies, but I have so enjoyed my time with you. I’ve learned so much about your community and the volunteers and Dana and the transformation, and we look forward to what you guys do in the future. Thanks for tuning into today’s podcast.  If you’re not already a member, join the ARPA to take advantage of all of the resources we have to offer.  And don’t forget to sign-up with It’s free and helps automate the most difficult tasks in animal rescue. 

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