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.