Where to begin … this year has been rough. When COVID-19 reared its ugly head in March, we had no idea how dramatically it would impact our organization. Even now, I can’t begin to fathom the full repercussions this pandemic will have on Oklahoma Alliance for Animals and the pets we serve.
We had to cancel our Woofstock adoption event and postpone our annual fundraising gala – Fur Ball – along with numerous other fundraising events we would have normally hosted throughout the year.
Yet, as we cancel or postpone the critical events that financially support our organization, the need for our help skyrockets throughout our community.
On Monday, August 17, Oklahoma Alliance for Animals discovered that Petland, a retail store notorious for selling sick and dying puppies from puppy mills had been granted a building permit in the city of Tulsa near 71st and Highway 169.
While the building permit has been approved and alterations to the site have begun, there is something that can be done to stop them. Our Mayor G.T. Bynum and Tulsa City Councilors can pass an emergency city ordinance banning the retail sales of puppies, kittens, dogs and cats in the city of Tulsa.
The state of Oklahoma and Tulsa have a major pet overpopulation crisis, and thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized across the state in over-stuffed shelters every year. The last thing Tulsa and the surrounding area needs is a pipeline of un-healthy un-sterilized animals flooding the city.
While Petland claims their dogs come from “licensed breeders,” we encourage you to remember the 84 puppy mill survivors we recently rescued from Sequoyah County. That breeder was licensed by the state, yet, she was charged with 84 counts of animal cruelty, and the dogs we rescued were in some of the worst states of neglect we’ve ever seen.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
First, please sign this petition to show our Tulsa mayor and city councilors we are serious about stopping this puppy mill dog purveyor.
Second, email your city councilor (find their contact information here) and ask that they pass an emergency city ordinance banning the retail sales of puppies, kittens, dogs and cats in the city of Tulsa. You can use the text directly from our petition for your email. Just copy and paste!
Third, spread the word to animal lovers across Tulsa and the metro area.
We’re excited to debut our new “Tulsa Together” paw print tee fundraiser! Our goal is to sell 500 shirts total. Think we can do it?
All proceeds benefit Oklahoma Alliance for Animals and will allow us to continue helping pets in need in Tulsa and across the state.
The shirts come in two styles: a super soft traditional unisex tee and a 3/4 sleeve baseball tee. There are multiple colors to choose from, and the shirts will ship directly to your door when the campaign ends on June 11.
You may have heard of #GivingTuesday, which occurs in December following Cyber Monday. This year, we will also celebrate #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to the impact COVID-19 has had on organizations and nonprofits across the globe – including Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. #GivingTuesdayNow is Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
To encourage participation on this day, while observing public health guidelines, we will be
Encouraging our supporters and volunteers to share pet parent “unselfies” – pictures of themselves with their furry friends – with a reason they support Oklahoma Alliance for Animals and our mission on their social media channels.
Sharing stories of how Oklahoma Alliance for Animals has positively impacted pets and pet parents before and during the COVID-19 crisis.
Asking all of our generous donors to contribute financially – big or small – to Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. Thanks to a “Double Dog Dare” matching grant, all donations up to $2,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. Our overall goal is to raise $10,000.
We look forward to seeing how our community rises to this occasion to support our mission of reducing pet overpopulation across our state, encouraging responsible pet ownership and promoting the humane treatment of animals through community collaboration and education.
In times like these, let’s remember that the chaos and uncertainty will pass. Until then, we remain united in courage and hope for animals across our state.
We know this topic is concerning for people everywhere. In order to keep our staff, volunteers, office mates and community members safe, we have implemented the following changes:
Our office will be closed to the public, and our staff will be working from home. We hope to return to normal office hours on Friday, March 27, but we will re-evaluate that decision next week.
Pet parents in need of donated pet food can text or call (918) 917-9687 or (918) 777-3539. OAA staff members and volunteers will do their best to arrange delivery or pickup (in the Tulsa metro area) within 24 hours.
Messages left on our office phone will be checked daily and calls will be returned as soon as possible. You can also send us an email at email@example.com or message our Facebook page.
All OAA adoption and fundraising events have been cancelled for the time being, including the Turley Pet Project.
We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this unique and uncertain time to the best of our ability.
This is a rough time for everyone – individuals, animal shelters and rescues, stores, restaurants, you name it.
The coronavirus is also hitting non-profits extremely hard, including Oklahoma Alliance for Animals.
While donations have slowed dramatically, we are still helping animals in our community and in our care. And we absolutely won’t stop. We can’t!
The situation at Tulsa Animal Welfare and surrounding shelters is becoming desperate. OAA, along with the Tulsa SPCA, will continue to help with back-logged spay and neuter surgeries so animals with adoptive homes aren’t taking up space. And we will continue to offer any assistance we can to the Tulsa Animal Shelter.
With the coronavirus closures of stores, entertainment venues and more, we also expect the need for dry cat and dog food to increase because many people have temporarily lost their source of income. Our staff and volunteers (while also working from home) are prepared to make deliveries to individuals in need because no pet should go hungry – not on our watch.
During this time, more than ever, we need kindness, understanding and patience as we all try to get through this together.
Oklahoma Alliance for Animals depends on financial donations to help pets and pet parents in need. We are grateful for any donation – small or large – that you could possibly give. www.animalallianceok.org/donate