By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter —
OKLAHOMA CITY– In order to better serve far reaching areas of the state, the Oklahoma Humane Society has acquired the Peaceful Adoption Animal Shelter (PAAS) in Vinita, Oklahoma.
This new facility partnership will allow the Oklahoma Humane Society to help even more homeless animals, by taking advantage of PAAS’s ability to transport animals to out of state partners in need of adoptable animals and also provide low-cost wellness and spay/neuter programs in and around the area.
The Oklahoma Humane Society is one of Oklahoma’s largest animal rescue organizations and is entirely donor funded and foster-based. Its mission is to end the needless euthanasia of dogs and cats in the state of Oklahoma.
While Oklahoma faces a pet overpopulation problem, many surrounding states do not. The PAAS Vinita Ride to Rescue transports hundreds of at-risk animals a year to out of state partners in need of adoptable animals, giving them a better chance of finding their forever homes.
The Spay/Neuter initiative is effective by getting to the source of the population problem and surgically altering dogs and cats to limit the number of animals in a given area, according to the organization’s press release.
“The Oklahoma Humane Society is constantly looking for new ways to expand our reach, and the opportunity to partner with PAAS Vinita could not have been a better fit,” said Dana McCrory, Oklahoma Humane Society President and CEO.
“The hardworking, dedicated people employed by PAAS have made this transition seamless,” McCrory continued. “We look forward to seeing the new heights that the Oklahoma Humane Society can achieve with these new resources.”
Donita Thomas, Chair of the Oklahoma Humane Society Board stated, “The Oklahoma Humane Society is proud to welcome PAAS Vinita as part of our team. The PAAS Vinita partnership with Oklahoma Humane Society is a tangible step towards expanding our programs and services statewide.
“With the PAAS base of operations in the Northeast sector of the state, Oklahoma Humane Society will work with the committed and focused PAAS Vinita team to deliver and expand animal rescue resources to the area.”
Dedicated to the rescue, temporary care, and adoption of homeless and unwanted cats and dogs, Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter opened its facility on historic Route 66 in Vinita in April, 2015.
“PASS Vinita has spent the last 6 years building a highly functioning, successful operation, and are so excited to take this next step with such a large and well-known organization,” said Rhonda Norris, Director of PAAS Vinita. “We dedicate ourselves to saving animals that otherwise would face life on the streets or worse, and are grateful to become part of the OK Humane family.”
OK Humane has a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, a neonate clinic, and a relocation program, a vigorous adoption program and several other initiatives to help increase the state’s live-release rate of animals from local shelters.
“The founders and donors of PAAS have created something to be proud of, and OK Humane is excited about expanding and enhancing the reach of programs,” McCrory said.
For more information on OK Humane, visit okhumane.org