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).