when the right people come together."- Robert South.
It is now our 3 rd newsletter and I hope you are enjoying these quarterly updates. But if you have any suggestions on how we might meet your expectations with this newsletter, please send us an email. We are so committed to making this newsletter something you look forward to and we can’t do it without your contributions.
The first 7 months of 2018 have been one to remember. And in only our 3 rd year, we’re confident CARE Rescue is growing and expanding our footprint in Tulsa’s animal rescue world. Where we have come as a rescue in such a short time has surpassed all expectations.
It has always been important to us for everyone who adopts a CARE Rescue pet to recognize they have joined a caring family of committed dog lovers, but also where and when possible, people who are willing to “pay it forward”. As we each celebrate our four-legged family members, we know the next family to join CARE Rescue is just around the corner.
And not only do the numbers reflect our goals, but we continually make critical strides in engaging our community and expanding awareness to the plight of dogs needing to be rescued. With our STAR Prison Dog Program nearing our one-year anniversary next month, we are thrilled to announce we are now at PetsMart at 71st and HWY 169 along with Sutherlands on 21st Street for our new weekly adoption events. By showcasing our dogs at both locations, we are confident CARE Rescue is on the right trajectory and we invite you to stop by, follow us on Facebook and continue to delight in the fact you are a vital CARE Rescue family member.
President of CARE Rescue Oklahoma
CARE Rescue's STAR Prison Program
At the time of this newsletter in early August, the STAR Prison Program will be nearing the end of its third session. That translates to: 24 dogs being given a second chance of life; up to 24 families will be the proud, loving homes for these trained dogs; and 16 inmates will be nearing 300 days with one of our CARE Rescue dogs to live and train beside them 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
In our first introduction to you about the STAR Program we highlighted the program and its expectations. In our second newsletter we chose to focus on two families who found their new family member as a result of this program. Here, we want to illustrate STAR’s purpose from the inmates’ perspective. The words you are about to read are from the inmate stories as they were required to fill out a personal letter to be considered as one of only 16 chosen dog handlers.
“The main reason this program means a lot to me is dogs are truly man’s best friend and having a dog here keeps me staying positive and takes my mind off this place and helps me concentrate on a living creature that needs my comfort and guidance.” Michael
“I came to prison at 19-years-old sentenced to life without parole. Family and friends all disowned me…After five years in a prison gang, I was asked if I wanted to join a new program training dogs to help the disabled…I don’t know why, but I said sure why not. Little did I know that would be the best choice I had ever made in my life. Over the next 8 years, I began to learn who I was and what I could still do to help rescue dogs who had been abused and abandoned. After seeing the transformation in the dogs, meeting some of the people the dogs went to and seeing the joy they brought them, it was a life altering experience." Ricky
"This program provides a benefit that is two-fold: for the dogs, some were neglected and abused either emotionally or physically…No matter their history, they all need the same thing; love, structure, guidance and a chance at a great life…It provides the dogs to know they are not unwanted; that they are loved and not forgotten. Like the dogs that come here, many of the inmates come from backgrounds where they were neglected, abused either emotionally or physically and have never known unconditional love. This teaches us structure.” Davis
A Partnership is Born
CARE Rescue is often prone to boast of our good fortune to have the the most committed group of foster and adoptive families supporting our mission. And it is not uncommon to receive an idea or offer we could never think of on our own. Such was the case with Julie at Old Republic.
After adopting Maple in Nov. 2016, Julie brainstormed for more than a year on how she might put her own mark on the issues CARE Rescue confronts every day. The Team at Old Republic loved her idea and there began the process of letting the creative and the marketing minds do their thing and voilà, an ad campaign was born.
But not just any ad campaign--one that depicts the social compact Old Republic exemplifies in Tulsa while featuring CARE Rescue dogs, so they can receive much needed exposure and find their forever families. So, within the auto warranty industry, CARE Rescue dogs are strutting their stuff including in the current edition of Tulsa Pets Magazine. CARE Rescue is simply overjoyed to offer a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the Old Republic Team.
CARE Rescue is fortunate to have the support of several in-kind donations. But with the increase in rescue cases, we often find ourselves in need of four (4) items: Crates, Dog Beds, Toys, and Cash Donations (for food & preventatives)
Carly is looking for an active family who will enjoy all that she knows and all she can do. See, Carly is one of our recent STAR prison dog graduates and she is not only house & crate-trained, but she can’t wait to show you how she knows 19 commands. Carly is an approx. 1 ½ year old Boston Terrier mix breed, weighs 50 pounds, very smart and can’t wait to share her life with you. Carly gets along with dogs, loves people and most certainly enjoys chasing Frisbees (see video). Just look at her smile and those ears!
Let's find Carly her forever family.
CARE Rescue’s 2nd newsletter is here and we hope you are enjoying this new outlet to hear about your CARE Rescue family. And keep your pet photos coming so we can include your pet in future CARE Rescue newsletters.
It has been one of our busiest times in our short 3-year history. Since the first of the year, we have placed 37 dogs with wonderful new adoptive forever families, while we have 68 dogs in foster homes or in our Care. If you are a recent adoptive family, we sincerely welcome you to our CARE Rescue Family. And to our foster families, we couldn’t do what we do without you opening your homes and hearts. If you are reading this and you are willing to give fostering a try, please contact me because we desperately NEED YOU.
Our STAR program, where CARE Rescue dogs partner with inmates in Hominy, OK, is now beginning our 3rd session. That’s more than 20 dogs in 7 months who CARE Rescue has pulled from certain death! And the benefits of learning and living beside inmates in their cell for 12 weeks continue to outpace all of our expectations. Here you will read about some of our amazing families who have adopted our 1 st session of STAR dogs.
We promised you stories about CARE Rescue pets deserving a special ‘shout out’; or somebody providing extraordinary care; or a story just ‘beggin’ for your attention. And there may be no better story that meets all three of our criteria than Luke. Enjoy!
More great news - all 9 CARE dogs in our last newsletter’s Photos Section were looking for their Forever Families and would you guess all 9 are now in loving homes? Because of you, these dogs now have wonderful families and CARE Rescue is featuring 6 new dogs waiting for a chance at their forever families. Adopt: They will love you for it!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting CARE Rescue and for loving one of our CARE Rescue pets. Hope you enjoy this 2nd edition!
President of CARE Rescue Oklahoma
CARE Rescue's STAR Prison Program
Care Rescue’s inaugural prison/dog program had several fantastic forever family matches including: the Lewis family (see their Facebook post below); our sweet Harvey who found the perfect running buddy and is now training with Mom for her local Runs; and Lexi who is loving her very own recliner in her Dad’s man cave.
Finn also hit the jackpot. Sharon and Bill reached out to us after learning of STAR via their church’s Prison Invasion Ministry (PIM) program. What wasn’t known initially is their church’s PIM program performs monthly visits at the same prison our dogs live and train.
Agreeing to try CARE Rescue’s foster to adopt program, it was clear within days where Finn belonged, but not without normal trial and error and even a few mishaps as Finn is only 17 months old.
Can’t we all empathize when Finn wasted no time meeting the deer in the area, leaving Sharon anxious he was lost forever? Realizing she was no match for Finn’s agility and speed, Sharon returned home only to find Finn sitting on the porch waiting for her.
Finn came to CARE Rescue after a local mom contacted us deeply concerned for his well-being. Finn had been found by the family as a stray puppy, but her teenage son, who had severe emotional challenges, was taking out his anger on Finn and it was in Finn’s best interest to immediately be removed from the house.
And Finn’s handler while in prison has worked to turn his own life around after finding faith and spirituality.
“As a child I was abused, abandoned and mistreated, just like most of these dogs brought to this program,” said Finn’s handler. “We have so much in common.”
Sharon and Finn continue to learn from one another where the two are more than best friends, as Finn opens doors for Sharon to share her faith.
"Sadie (aka Teva) is home and we’re in love! She’s so smart, and so sweet with the girls! She has lots of new toys and a brand new comfy bed. Thanks to her inmate handler with the STAR - Save Train And Rehabilitate and thanks so much to CARE - Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts for giving our family the best gift!"- Jan 2018
CARE Rescue is working to create a standalone home for the animals in our care. We are under no illusion this will be easy, but we know to meet our Mission of rescuing homeless dogs, those dogs in public shelters who are at high-risk of euthanasia due to pet overpopulation, or dogs given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances and dogs in danger of abuse or neglect, we must take these next steps. We’ll continue to keep you informed as to our progress, but we want you to know our sights are on our future.
Luke is Finally Home!
For every rescue animal, his/her forever family is one click or chance away from finding their perfect someone. But for us, Luke’s story has been one of patience and perseverance. As many of you know, CARE Rescue has been working to help rescue homeless pets for only a few years and there is one dog who has been with us since our early months. Since pulling him from Tulsa’s Animal Shelter, Luke has been waiting 815 days for his special someone. That is until March when everything came together.
We all know how well Tulsa’s rescue groups work together and share posts. It began in late February with Jessica at Sapulpa Animal Shelter sharing Luke’s photo on Facebook and that was all it took. “I saw him and instantly felt a connection with him,” said Wes.
“I’m just thankful for the opportunity to give Luke a loving home for the rest of his life. He has already brought so much joy into my life in this short time we have been around each other - from on the couch watching baseball to him trying to be an 80lb lap dog in my recliner snoring. I’m just thankful Luke found me and I found him!” - from Luke’s Forever Dad, Wes.
For THIS dog, the world has most certainly changed forever. And CARE Rescue is elated for our man LUKE!
Do you believe in miracles? We have no way to explain it, but Scooter is now WALKING! Scooter came to us in bad shape, in bad shape. It was determined he had been shot and the bullet was lodged in his spine, causing paralysis in his hind end. Sitting in a shelter, Scooter had just 48 hours. But only due to the love and kindness of Stine, a CARE Rescue foster, who agreed to foster Scooter AND fund his medical needs including a wheelchair, this special boy is well…you’ll have to check out this amazing video to see for yourself!
Let's find Scooter his forever family.
Welcome to our very first CARE Rescue quarterly newsletter. As an adoptive family of a CARE Rescue pet, a home foster, or a donor and/or supporter, together we are a family for life. And as any family, we think it is important to keep each other informed and engaged with what is going on in our lives and that certainly includes our four-legged members.
The Board and I hope you’ll find these newsletters informative and even a lifeline to our CARE Rescue family. One effort to stay connected is to ask each of you to send or email us a photo of your CARE Rescue pet. We love to see how everyone is doing and we plan to share your pets’ antics with our entire CARE Rescue family in a future edition.
We also look forward to sharing with you the people who allow CARE Rescue to save dogs from the finality of euthanasia. Each issue will feature a new foster family or someone who is making a difference in the lives of CARE Rescue pets. In this edition, we are sharing someone who many of you know because she has helped bring 22 CARE puppies into this world. Let me ask, how many of you have a pup Kendra Mays has helped deliver?
We would be remiss if we didn’t share what is going on at CARE Rescue and 2018 is kicking off with a bang. First, our STAR program, partnering inmates with our CARE dogs, has now begun our second session. That is 15 dogs who might otherwise not find loving homes with our new CARE Rescue families and here you will read how these dogs’ lives have been immeasurably changed for the better.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting CARE Rescue and loving one of our CARE Rescue pets. Hope you enjoy this 1st edition.
President of CARE Rescue Oklahoma
CARE Rescue's STAR Prison Program
CARE Rescue is now partnering with the Dick Connor Correctional Center in Hominy, OK on a program, matching inmates with our dogs as they each benefit from concentrated training and companionship. Of the 8 dogs who entered prison in mid-Sept., CARE Rescue pulled 4 dogs from area shelters where they were on the euthanasia list and 3 were stray dogs being tortured by neighbors and owners.
Day One included entering prison gates and meeting the inmates who would be responsible for their care and training for the inaugural 12-week program called STAR – Save Train And Rehabilitate. After 112 days, both dogs and inmates passed their respective performance tests, both receiving diplomas from the warden of the prison. CARE Rescue was overjoyed to celebrate Graduation Day, signaling the dogs decidedly new future, one that includes kids and families who now care deeply about their existence.
We think you will enjoy these 2 media stories showcasing this special program: Tulsa World and 2 News.
CARE Rescue is fortunate to have the support of several in-kind donations. But recently we did not receive our dog food distribution allotment from OKC. We are working hard to fill the gap, but sadly we are experiencing shortfalls. As we enter 2018, here are four (4) items we can desperately use: Crates, Dog Beds, Toys, and Cash Donations (for food & preventatives).
CARE Rescue is working to create a stand-alone home for the animals in our care. We are under no illusion this will be easy, but we know to meet our mission of rescuing homeless dogs, dogs in public shelters who are at high-risk of euthanasia due to pet overpopulation, or dogs given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances and dogs in danger of abuse or neglect, we simply must take these next steps. We will continue to keep you informed as to our progress, but we want you to know our sights are on our future.
Kendra Mays: A Labor of Love
Kendra has single handily delivered 22 CARE Rescue puppies into this world, while fostering another 18 puppies and dogs. She is the adoptive mother, temporary caretaker, nurse and surely best friend to CARE Rescue momma dogs who might otherwise never have been given the chance to deliver their amazing pups.
For many this is no surprise. In her day role, Kendra works as a chemotherapy nurse. But when not at work, her ‘happy place’ is knee deep in puppy breath with pups and moms needing only her special kind of Care! It takes a rare person who can give the time and love needed for these special deliveries. Many of the moms are scared, just being pulled from a shelter and days from delivery. Yet it is Kendra who offers the entire ‘family’ what they need.
As the pups grow to where they can safely be adopted to loving homes, Kendra knows both the pain and joy of releasing these pups.
“I didn’t know before rescuing how bad the need is and how people can be so cruel,” Kendra said. “A human being will hurt you even if not intentionally. But a dog doesn’t ever hurt you – it’s only unconditional love.”
And if you are lucky to have adopted one of these special deliveries, you share with us in saying a truly heartfelt “Thank You” to Kendra.
He has been with us for over 2 years! Yes, TWO YEARS! Luke is such a handsome, sweet boy! We just don’t understand why no one has wanted to adopt him! Luke is a 4 or 5 year-old Boxer, Staffordshire terrier mix. He is a big boy, weighing around 70 lbs, so he needs to be with a family with children over 10. Luke is okay with some dogs, very smart and he is well trained with basic commands (house & crate trained also).