Save the date for our Tails N Trails Dog Hike event and fundraiser on Saturday, May 15! Register here.
TAILS N TRAILS Dog Hike Fundraiser was created so pet owners can experience a fun, unique, outdoor experience with their dog(s) and fellow dog lovers! All proceeds from the event will benefit OAA. Event is co-hosted by Pawsitive Veterinary Care.
The TAILS N TRAILS Dog Hike Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 15 at River Parks Authority‘s Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area at 67th and South Elwood in Tulsa. The hike will kick-off at 10 a.m. Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. Course is rated as moderate and will take around 30 minutes to complete.**Registration available now! Sponsorships and vendor space available too!**
Registration will be $45 per dog participant (multiple humans per dog allowed). Registration includes one human T-shirt and matching dog bandana and other goodies in your hike packet (you will have the chance to purchase additional shirts and bandanas on the registration page). Packet pick up and early check-in will begin the week before the race and on the day of the hike at 9:15 a.m.
Hikers will have the opportunity to create their own TAILS N TRAILS fundraising page through Network for Good. The top three fundraisers will be recognized with some really great prizes!
TAILS N TRAILS BARKET will host lots of neat vendors and exhibitors, including veterinary clinics, trainers, rescues and more. The Barket will also feature an agility course for your dog to try out. You never know … maybe they have a hidden talent!
SPONSORSHIPS/VENDOR SPACE: For information on sponsoring the event and/or being a vendor in the TAILS N TRAILS Barket, email email@example.com. More details to come …RSVP on Facebook here: https://fb.me/e/2cLegdq5d
There are two very important bills being heard this Wednesday morning, February 24. The Pet Store bill, HB1581 will be heard at 9:00 a.m. in the House Business and Commerce committee and the Anti-tethering bill, HB1580 will be heard at 10:30 a.m. in the House Judiciary (Criminal) committee. We are recommending strong support of both bills, and we need you to contact the members of both committees and ask them to vote yes. We need to get as many calls and emails into these committee members as possible and before 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, February 24.
HB1581 – Prohibiting pet stores from selling dogs or cats
Sponsored by Representative Mickey Dollens (D-Oklahoma City) this bill would prohibit the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores, but does not restrict a pet store from providing a space for the display of dogs and cats by an animal rescue organization or a public animal shelter for adoption. You can read his proposed committee amendment here: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2021-22%20COMMITTEE%20AMENDMENTS/House/HB1581%20FULLPCS1%20MICKEY%20DOLLENS-AMM.PDF. PLEASE CONTACT THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE BUSINESS AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE (LISTED BELOW) AND ASK THAT THEY VOTE YES ON HB1581 PROHIBITING THE SALE OF COMMERCIALLY BRED DOGS AND CATS IN PET STORES. OKLAHOMA, THANKFULLY HAS BEEN FREE OF PUPPY SELLING PET STORE CHAINS FOR MANY YEARS UNTIL RECENTLY WHEN TWO PETLAND STORES WERE OPENED IN OKLAHOMA CITY AND TULSA. THE SERIOUS ANIMAL WELFARE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH PETLAND’S OUTDATED AND INHUMANE BUSINESS MODEL ARE LEGEND AND ARE CAUSING MORE AND MORE LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS TO TAKE ACTION TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF COMMERCIALLY BRED DOGS IN PET STORES. OKLAHOMA WILL CONTINUE TO ATTRACT A GROWING PROBLEM WITH THIS TYPE OF STORE MOVING TO OUR STATE AS OTHER COMMUNITIES TAKE ACTION TO MOVE THEM OUT. THIS BILL IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO PROTECT DOGS, CATS AND CONSUMERS IN OKLAHOMA.
HOUSE BUSINESS AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS –
*Important note! The links that appear after the telephone number and email of the committee member give more detailed information about each member of the committee including the cities, counties and zip codes they represent. It is appropriate for citizens to contact all committee members, but additionally impactful is for these committee members to also hear from their own constituents. If someone knows they are a constituent of a committee member, please let that member know.
HB1580 – Prohibiting persons from chaining or tethering a dog under certain circumstances
Sponsored by Representative Mickey Dollens (D-Oklahoma City), the proposed bill would stipulate tethers meet certain requirements; provides conditions for which a person may confine a dog outside; requires access to water and shelter, provides shelter enclosure requirements, prohibits leaving a dog outside in certain weather conditions; provides exceptions; prohibits certain cruel and inhumane actions; and imposes penalties. You can read the full language of the bill here: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2021-22%20INT/hB/HB1580%20INT.PDF. PLEASE CONTACT THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY (CRIMINAL) COMMITTEE AND ASK THAT THEY VOTE YES ON HB1580. THE BILL WILL ESTABLISH IMPORTANT PROTECTIONS FOR DOGS LIVING OUTDOORS. MANY RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS AND ANIMAL SHELTERS HAVE EXPERIENCED FIRST HAND THE CRUELTY AND DANGER OF CHRONICALLY CHAINING A DOG IN EXTREME TEMPERATURES AND WITHOUT ADEQUATE SHELTER. WE ALSO KNOW THAT CHRONICALLY CHAINED DOGS RARELY TAKEN OFF A CHAIN, CAN BECOME ANXIOUS AND AGGRESSIVE. RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL FOUND THAT CHAINED DOGS ARE 5.4 TIMES MORE LIKELY THAN UNCHAINED DOGS TO BITE CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12.
HOUSE JUDICIARY (CRIMINAL) COMMITTEE MEMBERS
*Important note! The links that appear below the telephone number and email of the committee member give more detailed information about each member of the committee including the cities, counties and zip codes they represent. It is appropriate for citizens to contact all committee members, but additionally impactful is for these committee members to also hear from their own constituents. If someone knows they are a constituent of a committee member, please let that member know.
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.