2015 Million Mutt March

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The animals need your help!

We see them every week, stories of dogs, cats, horses and other animals injured or even killed at the hands of uncaring people. All too often, animal advocates and concerned citizens are outraged and want to help, but don’t know where to begin.

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals has begun work on an ambitious, long-range plan to address animal abuse and neglect. Beginning with communities in Northeast Oklahoma and ultimately spreading to counties across the state, OAA will offer resources, assistance and support to animal welfare and law enforcement organizations, as well as private citizens, in the fight to eliminate animal cruelty.

The Million Mutt March kicks off Woofstock, the largest pet adoption event and festival in Oklahoma. The Million Mutt March is a walk to increase public awareness of animal cruelty and abuse, as well as to raise funds to help protect defenseless animals and help prosecute the abusers. There is no excuse for animal abuse so we need YOU to help us raise the funds necessary to help these innocent animals and have a great time doing it by walking your tails off!

By raising funds for The Million Mutt March, OAA is able to help with the following:

  • Temporarily care and house animals which have been subjected to animal cruelty and surrendered to OAA from law enforcement.
  • Hold animals until they can legally be released or adopted.
  • Provide medical treatment for the abused and neglected animals.
  • Maintain a reward fund to post hefty rewards in hopes of someone providing information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the abuser(s)
  • Provide “Free of charge” necropsies to law enforcement agencies in order for them to build a good case against the abuser(s)
  • Provide partner rescue organizations and the general public with resources and information to help report animal cruelty and neglect.

How do I sign up?

(Individual and Team Level)

Sign up online and create your very own fundraising page you can share on Facebook, Twitter and email at: www.firstgiving.com/animalallianceok/million-mutt-march-2015 Or you can complete the Registration Form and Walk and Wag Waiver linked below.
Register and raise a minimum of $25.00 and receive a doggie bandana and goody bag.
Register and raise a minimum of $50.00 and receive a collectable T-shirt, doggie bandana and goody bag. All walkers will have access to our hospitality suite where they will be treated to food, drinks and chances to win cool prizes.
  • 1st Place: Collect the most pledges for the 2015 “MILLION MUTT MARCH” and receive a table for eight (8) to the 2016 Fur Ball Gala, “The Great Catsby” and a prize (To be announced soon). This year’s top fundraiser will have their dog lead the 2015 MILLION MUTT MARCH and will receive a special medal and recognition at OAA’s Fur Ball in 2016.
  • 2nd Place: Collect the second highest amount of pledges for the 2015 “MILLION MUTT MARCH” and receive a table for four (4) to the 2016 Fur Ball Gala, “The Great Catsby” and a prize. (To be announced soon)
  • 3rd Place: Collect the third highest amount of pledges for the 2015 “MILLION MUTT MARCH” and receive two (2) tickets to the 2016 Fur Ball Gala, “The Great Catsby” and a prize. (To be announced soon)

A team is a group of 2-10 people who raise individual pledges for the walk that are then reflected in their group’s total. Team members walking with a dog must individually raise or donate $25.00 in order to be part of the team or event. A team is encouraged to raise a minimum of $100.00 in pledges.

If you are signing up online you can also start a team or join an existing team!

This is an important issue for all of us. Please spread the word about the Million Mutt March to help us make Oklahoma a place where There’s No Excuse for Animal Abuse.”

Million Mutt March Forms

2015 Million Mutt March Registration Form

2015 Million Mutt March Walk Wag Waiver

2015 Million Mutt March – Pledge Form

Donate here

Sponsor a walker and donate here through First Giving

Registration forms and pledge money must be received by Oklahoma Alliance for Animals by Friday, September 25, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to be eligible for the top fundraising prizes. Once all the pledges have been counted, the top 3 fundraisers (individual or team) will be posted on the OAA website and social media page. The winners will lead the March and be announced at the Woofstock event!

Phantom of the Pawpera

Phantom of the Pawpera

Phantom of the Pawpera

Who is hiding under that mask?

It looks like Destiny the Pibble is preparing herself to receive Oklahoma Alliance for Animals “Second Chance” award at Fur Ball 2015 – PHANTOM OF THE PAWPERA.

We hope you can join us and Destiny at the Mewtrpolitan Opera House (Hyatt Regency Hotel) on March 7th from 6:00 -10:00 pm for a fun filled night full of masquerade and intrigue!

For sponsorship information please go to http://www.animalallianceok.org/fur-ball-gala-sponsors/. For online ticket purchases please visit http://www.animalallianceok.org/fur-ball-ticket-purchase/.

5 Things You Can Do to Reduce Pet Overpopulation

Each year in Oklahoma, tens of thousands of healthy, adoptable animals are destroyed. Although great progress has been made, fewer than half of the animals that enter the Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter each year will leave there alive. Not only is this a harsh reality, it’s also a drain on resources and tax dollars that could be better utilized to serve our communities.

Turning these statistics around so that we are saving more animals than we are destroying is not only humane, it would be beneficial for our communities. As daunting as the task may seem, it is not impossible. In fact, many communities around the nation are considered “no kill” because they have achieved a 90% live release rate at their municipal shelters. In order to get there, it will take the entire community to make important choices about their pets. Here’s how individuals can help:

DON’T INTENTIONALLY BREED YOUR PET There are enough animals that need homes without adding more. Shelters are overcrowded and too many animals that enter shelters are put to sleep due to lack of homes.  If your pet has puppies or kittens, they could end up in a shelter. In addition, every puppy or kitten sold or given away by an owner that breeds their pet means there is one more shelter animal that will not find a home. Don’t contribute to the number of unwanted pets and deaths.

SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PET Spay and neuter will reduce the number of animals that enter municipal shelters by reducing the number of unwanted pets. As an added bonus, it also prevents undesirable behavior and health risks which can shorten the life of your best friend. Furthermore, in many Oklahoma communities including the City of Tulsa, it is required by law. Low-cost spay and neuter services are available in most communities for qualifying households.

ADOPT YOUR NEXT PET FROM AN AREA RESCUE OR SHELTER The quality of animals available through shelters and rescues is astounding. Looking for a specific breed?  It is estimated that 25% of the dogs that enter shelters are pure bred and there are breed specific rescues for every type of dog imaginable. Keep in mind when you adopt a pet, you are actually saving two lives because you make space for another pet to get a second chance. Check out our Partners page for a list of rescues in your area.

BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER Make a commitment to give your pet the care it needs for its lifetime. Make sure that you are in a place in your life to make this commitment. Pets that are relinquished due to changes in their owner’s lives such as divorce, birth of a child or moving make up a large percentage of animals found in shelters and rescues. Also, make sure your pet always has proper identification in case it is lost.

SPREAD THE WORD The greatest defense to our pet overpopulation crisis is a well-informed community. Make sure that your friends and family are aware of the pet overpopulation crisis and how their personal actions can help solve or contribute to the problem.