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Thirty Years and Going Strong by pengxiang


									                                                                                                              I s s u e                     T w o

   Shelter manager’s lasting legacy
   Thirty Years and Going Strong
   by Lou Ann Mitchell
      A dog may be considered man’s       ington County SPCA in 1980            In This Issue
   best friend, but for the past 30        as a part-time animal con-           Thirty Years and Going Strong .............................1
   years, Washington County SPCA            trol officer for Dewey and          From the President ..................................................2
   Shelter Manager Paula Blower has          a part-time animal tech,
                                                                                The Fantastic Five .....................................................3
   definitely been returning the favor.        Blower has since served
   Raised in the Tulsa and Bartles-             in almost every position        GCSNAP Makes a Difference.................................6
   ville area, Blower knew from an              available.                      Foster Program ..........................................................8
   early age she wanted to work with                “It’s kind of an addic-     Tag! You’re It! ........................................................... 10
   animals. “I brought every stray             tion. You get into it and        Adopt-A-Kennel ..................................................... 13
   animal home there was as                    the more you get into            Sponsors ................................................................... 14
   a child; didn’t matter                      it the bigger the addic-
                                                                                Gifts of Love............................................................. 15
   what kind of animal                           tion becomes. It’s not
   it was, I brought it                             trying to help every-
   home.” Original-                                  body – no one person
   ly hired by the                                    can save everybody
   Wash-                                               – but it’s just mak-
                                                         ing a difference. If
                                                          I can talk to one
                                                          person a day and
                                                           change that per-
                                                           son’s perspective
                                                          on animal care
                                                         or getting ani-
                                                          mals spayed or
                                                            neutered, I’ve
                                                              Blower’s goal
                                                            has been to
                                                            help as many
                                                      animals she can in
                                                   whatever way pos-
                                                   sible. “Being able to
                                                   fill up our adoption
                                                   board in the front of-
                                                  fice, helping someone
                                                 get their animal spayed                                  Photo | Barbara Pearson | Southview Studio

                                                              Thirty Years      Seldom are Paula Blower’s arms empty
                                                       –Continued on Page 4     when she’s at the shelter.
Photo | Sherry Stinson |
From the President
   Change is good. Change
is exciting. For us, change
means a chance at a better
life for the furry friends we
   The board and staff at the
Washington County SPCA
are working diligently to                                                                     16620 State Highway 123
develop and fine-tune the                                                                    Bartlesville, OK 74006-0040
programs and services we
administer in providing care                                                                     (918) 336-1577
for the thousands of animals                                                           
who find their way into our
care. From adoption events, WCSPCA Board of Directors President Dawnette Brady
to spay/neuter programs, to                                                             Shelter Manager
fundraising, our staff and volunteers are deeply involved in keeping our shelter        Paula Blower
moving in a positive direction – every day of the week (yes, even when the doors
                                                                                        Programs Director
are closed to the public – we are still working behind the scenes).                     Lianne McKinley
   There are changes and successes everywhere I look. Whether it’s the City of
Bartlesville contract for impound services that was recently signed, the sale of        Staff
City licenses at the shelter, an ever increasing number of transfers to other res-      Cheri Harms
cues and shelters, or just simply the ability to keep animals until they find happy     Randy Hamilton
homes – changes are happening at warp speed and we are all the better for it!           Theresa Heape
   Last Saturday was just another day in my life with the Washington County             Cheryl Jackson
SPCA. I worked an offsite adoption event at Starbucks in the morning, carted            Jordan Ratliff
nine cats from the shelter to PAWS in Eastland Center for another adoption              Olivia Smith
event, attended a meeting with the precious ladies who help with our free roam-         Natalie Taliafern
ing and feral cat sterilization program: Alley Cat, and most importantly – I land-      Sue Whiteturkey
ed back at the shelter for the highlight of my day.                                     Babs Wood
   Our former Executive Director, Richard, had made it back to the shelter with
the cats from the PAWS offsite adoption event. I was helping unload the cats            Board of Directors
when a couple arrived looking for a new furry feline family member. They ex-            Dawnette Brady, president
plained that they specifically wanted an adult cat because they felt kittens were       Lindy Kidd, second vice president
easier to adopt out and they wanted to give an adult cat a chance. They had my          Susan Coker, secretary / treasurer
full attention.                                                                         Bryan Acker           Heather Bibles
    It took them a while but they decided on “Cami” – a polydactyl Calico. I took       Jan Castelli          John Fress
the paperwork back inside and on my way I began to read – “Date of Arrival –            Bill Griffin          Donna Gustafson
12/29/2009.” Yes, you read that correctly. Cami had been with us for almost seven       Chris Hester          Mike Teague
months. The reality is that adoptable animals are kept until they find homes.           Konda Walker
Fortunately, this rarely takes ‘seven months’.
   As the couple was completing the transaction, the shelter manager approached         Mission
me. She had great news. Fifty dogs and puppies had been accepted for transfer to        The Washington County SPCA is an open
Boulder through the Rescue Waggin’ scheduled for the following week. Our first          access shelter whose mission is to protect
transfer with them was in September, 2009. By September, 2010 we will have
                                                                                        the welfare of the animals we come in
transferred 500 dogs and puppies to homes in Boulder, CO in just one year.
                                                                                        contact with, and to promote the humane
   How is that possible? It is possible only because the State of Colorado has spay/
                                                                                        treatment and well being of these animals.
neuter laws that have proven to cut down on the overpopulation problem to such
                                                                                        We serve the animals, citizens, and com-
a degree that the shelters there are able to help organizations such as ours. I
charge each and every one of you reading this today – help us become a commu-           munities of Green Country from our loca-
nity where pet overpopulation no longer exists.                                         tion at 16620 State Highway 123, just north
                                                                                        of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
    •	Spay	and	Neuter	your	pets
      Encourage people you know to do the same. If you/they cannot afford it? Uti-      The Washington County SPCA is a 501(c)3
      lize one of our spay/neuter programs by calling the shelter (918) 336-1577.       private, non-profit organization not affiliated
                                                                                        with any other entity and receives no govern-
                                                               From the President       ment subsidies or funds from the ASPCA or
                                                                –Continued on Page 14   The Humane Society of the United States.

2    |   Washington County SPCA Issue Two                                                    Newsletter designed by Sherry Stinson
                                                                                             Tyler Creative |
                                                foster animals before their journey to             ing vaccinations, and treating ill-
                                                Colorado; work off-site adoptions hop-             nesses and injuries. Dr. Craig Spence
                    solemnly swear to           ing to find homes for great compan-                of Bartlesville Animal Hospital has
                use my . . . knowledge          ions and many other tasks. However,                been the acting shelter veterinarian
               and skills for the ben-          volunteers often overlooked because                for over 10 years. He visits the shel-
              efit of society . . . relief of   they work behind the scenes are the                ter at least once a week to treat sick
animal suffering.” This is a section            veterinarians. These professionals                 or injured animals while offering ad-
of the veterinarian oath that benefits          dedicate their time and services to                vice on medical services needed.
the Washington County SPCA and lo-              provide much needed care to animals                   A low-cost spay and neuter pro-
cal communities as well.                        at the Washington County SPCA.                     gram makes controlling the pet popu-
   Yet, is the oath the only reason                The five veterinarians who assist               lation affordable for the shelter and
these animal doctors donate their               the shelter have over 50 years of com-             families alike. Time contributed by
time – to uphold a promise?
Could it be because our lo-

cal veterinarians truly care
about the welfare of all ani-
mals – even those forgotten,
abandoned, and mistreated
by humans?
   The Washington County
SPCA exists because of
many volunteers, including
a long list of local veterinar-                                                                                 by Teri Wickware
ians. By definition, a volun-
teer is “a person who ren-
ders aid, performs a service,
or assumes an obligation voluntari-             bined experience and dedicate more                 Dr. Sarah Gordon, Dr. Jan Johnston,
ly.” Volunteers at the shelter include          than 50% of their time serving the                 Dr. Charles Stites, and Dr. Carmen
people who bathe and walk puppies               shelter animals. This time is spent                Williamson make this program pos-
and dogs; entertain cats and kittens;           performing surgeries, administer-                  sible. A mobile clinic, offered by Dr.
                                                                                                   Gordon, is also a convenient way to
                                                                                                   obtain care for animals belonging to
                                                                                                   the elderly or busy individuals.
                                                                                                      These veterinarians recognized a
                                                                                                   need in their local communities to
                                                                                                   primarily control a pet population
                                                                                                   that was already out of hand. With
                                                                                                   the help of these five individuals, the
                                                                                                   Washington County SPCA is striving
                                                                                                   to decrease the pet overpopulation by
                                                                                                   spaying or neutering all animals that
                                                                                                   leave the shelter and providing low-
                                                                                                   cost programs to families who need
                                                                                                   assistance in this area.
                                                                                                      Mother Teresa once said, “In this
                                                                                                   life we cannot always do great things.
                                                                                                   But we can do small things with
                                                                                                   great love.” Not only are these fan-
                                                                                                   tastic five sharing their passion and
                                                                                                   great love for animals, but by sharing
                                                                                                   their expertise they are doing great
                                                                                                   things for them and the Washington
                                                          Photo | Sherry Stinson |    County SPCA. For that, we are eter-
One of the many animals treated and saved by our group of fantastic veterinarians that             nally grateful.
includes Drs. Craig Spense, Sarah Gordon, Jan Johnston, Charles Stites, and Carmen                    For more information about the
Williamson.                                                                                        Fantastic Five, please visit page 7.                                                                                    Washington County SPCA Issue Two   | 3
Thirty Years
                                           –Continued from Page 1

or neutered, helping someone with a problem they have with
a dog…it’s just [part of] the big picture.”
   Three decades of service is not Blower’s only cause for cel-
ebration. After only 12 months of participation in PetSmart
Charities Rescue Waggin’ Program, she and her staff are
preparing to send their 500th dog to the Boulder Valley Hu-
mane Society (HSBV) in Boulder, Colorado.
   Rescue Waggin’, an animal relocation program, trans-
ports adoptable dogs and puppies from shelters that are at
capacity to areas of the country where they are in demand.
The program is sponsored by PetSmart Charities, which do-
nates temperature controlled trucks and supplies drivers to
transport the animals. Washington County SPCA dogs are
moved to the Humane Society in Boulder, Colorado (HSBV);
because of its high adoption rates and the surrounding com-
munity’s successful spay and neuter ordinances, the Boulder
facility can quickly find homes for the Washington County
SPCA dogs.
   Blower said she is only a little surprised to have reached
the goal of 500 dogs. “When I set that goal at the beginning
of the year I thought if we really work at it, there shouldn’t
be any problem. We can do it.”
   It has not always been an easy task. “It’s a lot of hard work                               Photo | Sherry Stinson | Tyler Creative
and it takes a lot of dedication on the staff’s part,” Blower
                                                                    Washington County SPCA shelter manager Paula Blower
says. Not only do she and her staff pick, evaluate and pre-
pare the dogs for transfer, each dog also gets a 25-30 minute       and one of the shelter’s sweet pups.
assessment and evaluation video. “They have to have all A’s
and B’s; as long as the pass they are eligible to get on the           Not content to let sleeping dogs lie, Blower may
Rescue Waggin’.”                                                    raise her goal for next year’s Rescue Waggin’ trans-
   Additionally, Blower requires all puppies to spend two           fers – but just a bit. “I think 500 is very attainable. I
weeks in foster care. “In a foster home they’re socialized, tak-    don’t want to get too crazy, but I think we can reach
en care of, they’re enjoying themselves and they’re not living      a new goal of around 625 transfers in the next year.”
in a kennel. Then they come back in and get ready for trans-           Blower also thinks Bartlesville will one day come
fer and go north.” Each transfer averages about 25 puppies          closer to the successful spay and neuter rates seen by
as well as a mix of small, medium and large-sized dogs.             the Boulder area Humane Society. “I actually think
   Blower and her staff are able to watch the BVHS web site         we can get really close to that, I honestly think we
to track the adoptions. “We sent 52 dogs out two weeks ago          can.”
– there are none left on their web site,” Blower says. The             In the meantime, she’s set her sights on other goals
puppies move even faster. “Our puppies are gone in a couple         for the Washington County SPCA. “I am definitely
of days.”                                                           looking forward to us getting into a new facility. I
   Since Blower started at the Washington County SPCA,              definitely would like to see more volunteers.” She
things have changed a lot: “When I first started here people        says there’s no way the Washington County SPCA
still referred to it as ‘the pound’” she said, “conjuring up im-    can do everything without them. “We lean heavily
ages of junk yard dogs. Today, more people recognize it as an       on volunteers. Whether that’s helping us do laundry,
animal rescue effort.”                                              coming in for an hour and entering computer data,
   Some things have not changed enough. When it comes to            fostering a puppy or kitten – everything a volunteer
the number of animals the facility sees each year, Blower           does helps us tremendously.”
says, “The numbers have been pretty much the same. I’ve                It’s not often that you see someone in today’s job
seen 2800 come in for the year, I’ve seen 3700.”                    market stick with a job for 30 years. Furthermore,
   Fortunately, thanks to Internet Web sites such as petfind-       it’s rare to find someone so dedicated to their job and and the shelter’s own Washington County,            willing to take chances to make progress and im-
and corporate involvement from companies like PetSmart              prove daily. Paula Blower is truly a superstar asset
Charities, Blower says adoption rates have increased sig-           to the Washington County SPCA. Thank you, Paula,
nificantly. Additionally, programs like Rescue Waggin’ free         for your dedicated service and willingness to open
space at the Washington County SPCA facility, allowing              your heart to help so many. Together – with employ-
them to help more animals.                                          ees like Paula – we can make a difference.

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GCSNAP Makes a Difference
by Sandy Gibson                                              signed to serve low-income residents who need financial
                                                             help to have their dogs and cats spayed and neutered.
   In the late 1990’s, many area residents had become in-
                                                                For the first five years, GCSNAP was run entirely by
creasingly concerned about the local pet overpopulation
                                                             volunteers who took applications and issued certificates
problem. Animals were entering the Washington County
                                                             at community agencies. But by October 2005, the program
SPCA at a rate that far exceeded the number that could
                                                                                 had become so successful the group de-
ever find adoptive homes. The euthana-
sia rate at the shelter was around 70%.                                          cided it would be more efficient for the
   The desire to stop the animals from
                                               GCSNAP has provided               certificates to be issued at the shelter,
entering the front door, only to exit by      for the spay and neuter of and the WCSPCA shelter manager and
                                                                                 staff became an active part of the team.
way of the back door – euthanasia – led
a group of concerned citizens to meet,       more than 3,500 dogs and               Since the first certificates were writ-
to brainstorm, and to create a program                                           ten on October 10, 2000, GCSNAP has
that has operated effectively since Oc-        cats since October 2000           provided for the spay and neuter of
tober 2000 – Green Country Spay/Neu-                                             more than 3,500 dogs and cats.
ter Assistance Program – better known as GCSNAP. Dr.            Last year the euthanasia rate at the shelter was 28.7%,
Scott Cochran took the lead in developing and underwrit-     due in part to the work of Green Country Spay/Neuter
ing the program, and along with a handful of dedicated       Assistance Program.
volunteers has worked to make this program succeed.             Dr. Cochran continues to underwrite Green Country
   Washington County SPCA agreed to sponsor the pro-         Spay/Neuter Assistance Program, but tax-deductible do-
gram, and veterinarians throughout the area were in-         nations are welcome, making it possible for the program
vited to participate. Several joined the effort by reducing  to save more animals. The more pets we are able to help,
their regular fees to eligible applicants. GCSNAP is not     the more we are helping the community reduce the severe
a discounted program for the general public, but is de-      pet overpopulation problem.

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                 The	Fantastic	Five	Contact	Info
                 Dr. Craig Spence
                 Bartlesville Animal Hospital
                 1055 NE Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006
                 (918) 333-1122
                 Dr. Sarah Gordon
                 4 the Animals Mobile Vet Clinic
                 (918) 815-9122
                 Dr. Jan Johnston
                 Johnston Veterinary Clinic
                 111 S. John Dahl Ave
                 Pawhuska, OK 74056-2517
                 (918) 287-9990
                 Dr. Charles Stites
                 Dewey Veterinary Clinic
                 13372 U.S. Hwy. 75, Dewey, OK 74029
                 (918) 534-3150
                 Dr. Carmen Williamson
                 Caney Veterinary Clinic
                 501 N. Wood, Caney, KS 67333
                 (620) 879-2267                    Washington County SPCA Issue Two   | 7
                                                 the program after the flood in 2007         better behaved the animal, the more
                                                 forced the shelter to evacuate. Since       quickly they get adopted. Foster par-
                                                 then she has cared for 20-30 kittens.       ent Cheri Myers has seen firsthand
                                                 “I keep the kittens until they weigh        the difference fostering can make in
                   ooking for a way to           2 pounds. I’ve done a lot of bottle         the life of an animal. “We’ve had pup-
                help the shelter with-           feeding.” Presently Belinda is car-         pies stay anywhere from 10 days to
               out straying too far              ing for four kittens and two dogs. “If I    3-and-a-half weeks, and within that
from home? Consider the Washing-                 haven’t had any for awhile I’ll call the    time they are just completely differ-
ton County SPCA Foster Program.                  shelter and ask. I really enjoy it. I’m     ent puppies when we give them back.”
With over 260 animals coming in ev-              going to do it as long as I can.”             The Myers family started foster-
ery month, the shelter is looking for               Another reason for fostering pup-        ing puppies this past spring. They
additional families to help needy dogs           pies is to prepare them for transfer        learned about the foster program
and cats get ready for adoption. Cur-            to other shelters. The Washington           while volunteering at the shelter.
rently about 20% of all animals that             County SPCA is fortunate to have re-        Her two children take an active roll
come in to the shelter go into foster            lationships with shelters in Boulder        in the animals’ care. “It’s something
homes. Around 40% of incoming pup-               and Denver, Colorado and St. Paul ,         the whole family can be involved in.
pies and kittens spend time with a               Minnesota. However, puppies need to
foster family.
   The purpose of the Foster

                                           Foster Program
Program is to improve the
chances that animals enter-
ing the facility will be placed
into    permanent       homes.
There are a variety of rea-
sons an animal may not be
ready for adoption. “They
                                               Happy Beginnings Lead to
could be excellent pets, once
they are healthy, socialized,                  More Happily Ever Afters
or just a little older,” said
Lianne Mckinley, Programs
                                                                      by Lou Ann Mitchell
    One of the main reasons
for placement is an animal                                                                   It’s something fun that we can all
is too young for adoption. Often un-             spend two weeks prior to their trans-       share.” Her daughter, 8, and son, 13,
derage kittens and puppies require               fer to ensure they stay healthy for the     help with the care and feeding of the
special attention and care in feeding,           trip. Right now the majority of foster      puppies. “It’s a wonderful program
socializing, and training. This is best          homes are for puppies being trans-          for our family, to see the progress
accomplished in a home rather than a             ferred.                                     that the puppies make. We love the
shelter environment.                                Some animals need help with so-          fact we are giving the puppies the
   Foster mom Belinda Foster joined              cialization or behavior training. The       very best start they can get.”
                                                                                                Often shelter workers can tell
                                                                                             which dogs have come from the My-
                                                                                             ers’ home, thanks to the leash train-
                                                                                             ing their daughter provides. “It’s a
                                                                                             great way to teach responsibility”
                                                                                             Cheri adds, and her children know
                                                                                             that when the puppies leave they are
                                                                                             headed to their forever homes. “They
                                                                                             know they are doing something for
                                                                                             someone else. We feel good there’s a
                                                                                             family that’s going to benefit.”
                                                                                                Animals that have been in the shel-
                                                                                             ter for long periods of time or have
                                                                                             difficulty adapting to shelter life also
                                                                                             benefit from time spent in a home en-
                                                                                             vironment. “For a lot of animals that
                                                                      Photo | Robin Naylor   come in, our shelter is a huge im-
    Foster pup, Stan, relaxes with his foster sibling, Yeso.                                 provement over the conditions they

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                                    Photo | Robin Naylor
Foster pup, Stan, poses for the camera before his trip                                                                       Photo | Robin Naylor
to Colorado and a new home!                                Foster pup, Ty, is all tuckered out from playing with his foster siblings.

were used to, but for some who have              Opening one’s home to provide                give TLC to a furry friend. For dogs, a
been loved and spoiled house pets,            temporary care for a cat or dog is a            yard with a fence is preferred but not
the shelter is a shock and they are de-       tremendously rewarding experience               required. In homes without a fence,
pressed and lonely, and in some cases         for both the foster parent and the              dogs outside need to stay leashed.
stop eating,” says McKinley.                  foster animal. “I would definitely tell         Cats need an indoor home.
   One reason fostering works out             people to do it.” says Belinda Foster.            To become a Foster Program vol-
well for families is the short-term           “You can help a homeless animal.”               unteer call the shelter at (918) 336-
commitment. One of the reasons                   The biggest requirement for foster           1577; applications are also available
the Gilliams feel the foster program          families is the desire and ability to           online at
works for them is that it is compat-
ible with their schedule. They enjoy
the dogs while they have them, but
use the time between fosters caring
for their own animals, working, doing
upkeep on their barn.
   “It’s kind of like having grandchil-          And a little
dren! You get to play with them and              child shall
then take them back,” said Don Gil-
liam. Don and his wife Cindy have                lead them…
been fostering pregnant dogs and                 Six year old Wyatt Watson
young puppies for over 3 years. “You             has been coming to the
get to watch them being born, grow               Washington County
teach them to be good little animals,            SPCA for two years with
but it is work, not all fun and games.           his grandmother, Christy
There’s a lot of joy to it but it’s hard         McCabe, a volunteer and
work,” adds Cindy.                               participant in the foster
   Cindy still remembers fondly the              program. Wyatt’s love
first dog she and Don fostered. “She             for the animals shines
was a beagle with four puppies. She              through during his
was the snappiest, snarliest dog!” Af-           recent stint as a helper
ter a week of love and affection from            during an “All Creatures
the Gilliams, she was much calmer                Great and Small” photo
and was used to people. “It stuck in             shoot.
our hearts, even now.” But both Don
                                                                                                               Photo | Sherry L. Stinson |
and Cindy say the work is worth it.                                                                             Washington County SPCA Issue Two                      | 9
   Recent changes have been made to the       first having an up to date rabies vacci-        enforce the law on point of contact.
Bartlesville animal control ordinance         nation, more animals in the community              Now consider a dog that lives a miser-
which requires the licensing of dogs, cats    are kept updated on rabies vaccinations.        able life, perhaps a dog that is chained
and ferrets. Washington County SPCA           And under the Bartlesville Animal Con-          24/7. In many such situations, the ne-
has now been authorized to sell Bartles-      trol Ordinance, before a city license tag       glect will not rise to the level of felony
ville pet licenses and will be allowed to     can be issued, the owners of pets that are      cruelty under the state law, but the dog
keep $2.50 for each $10 annual city li-       not spayed or neutered, must also pur-          suffers nonetheless. It is almost guaran-
cense tag sold at the shelter. Licenses       chase an intact permit. Thus pet owners         teed those dogs won’t have vaccinations
now expire a year from the
                                                                                                                or licenses and more-

date of purchase instead of
                                                                                                                over, the owner will not
Dec. 31, as was previously
                                                                                                                be willing to spend the
provided by the ordinance.
   Pet licenses can be pur-                                                                                     money required to vac-
chased at the Bartlesville                                                                                      cinate and license the
Police Department or the                                                                                        dog, especially if the
Washington County SPCA                                                                                          dog has not been steril-
Animal Shelter. But only                                                                                        ized and also needs an

                                  You’re It!
those licenses that are                                                                                         intact permit. When
bought at Washington                                                                                            faced with the legal re-
County SPCA will result                                                                                         quirements of pet keep-
in a portion of the fee stay-                                                                                   ing, including a license,
ing with the shelter. The                                                                                       neglectful owners of-
Bartlesville ordinance pro-
vides that the original li-              By Clova Abrahamson                                                    ten decide surrender-
                                                                                                                ing the dog is the best
cense number, assigned at                                                                                       course of action. Over-
the time of initial applica-                                                                                    all, a city license law
tion stays with the animal
                                                                                              tends to elevate the level of care for pets
when the tag is renewed in subsequent         have an added incentive to get their pets       in a community.
years. Washington County SPCA will            spayed or neutered!
                                                                                                 With the latest change to the existing
be offering beautiful tags engraved with         Critics will say that only responsible
the permanent city license number and                                                         license law, we can provide increased
                                              pet owners license their pets. The real-
the pet owner’s contact information.                                                          support for Washington County SPCA
                                              ity is that nobody calls animal control to
   This ordinance change is good news                                                         while we see people and pets reap the
                                              complain about responsible pet owners.
for Washington County SPCA, for pet           They call reporting animal neglect, dogs        benefits of a municipal license law. It
owners and for pets.                          that bark constantly and dogs that turn         is one more tool we can use to help our
   Bartlesville had adopted a licensing       over trash cans, chase bikes or behave          animal friends, our dedicated animal
law as part of the original animal control    aggressively toward people. It is the own-      control officers and the caring staff of
ordinance, which came into existence in       ers of those animals that animal control        Washington County SPCA.
the early 1960’s. The law was changed         officers have contact with. There are no            Now that you know about the positive
in 1973 to give free licenses for pets that   plans for canvassing the city to check for      changes in the local licensing ordinance
were spayed or neutered, and to raise the     licensing, but animal control officers can      – Tag! You’re It.
fee for intact animals, to encourage pet
sterilization. The cost of keeping records
on an increasing number of sterilized
animals, for which licenses were free,
was cited as the reason the licensing law
was repealed in May, 1990. Following a
spate of citizen complaints of dog attacks
in 2005, a new license law was adopted
that year (effective as of Jan. 2006.)
   There are several noteworthy benefits
to having a municipal pet license ordi-
nance. A lost animal with a city tag at-
tached to its collar can easily be returned
to its owner and is often returned by ani-
mal friendly citizens, who know from the         This is just a sample of tags now available at the Washington County SPCA. Along with
tag, that the animal is somebody’s pet.          issuing City pet licenses at the shelter, you can put the license number on these new
As animals cannot be “tagged” without            decorative tags with your name and number instead of the generic City tag.

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    Matching Gifts
     and Volunteer
    Grants Program
      ConocoPhillips strives to improve the well-
   being of the communities in which their employ-
   ees live and work. They support programs that
   encourage and support employee involvement in           Architectural drawings of the future Washington County SPCA
   local non-profit organizations. The Washington          low cost spay/neuter clinic and storage facility.
   County SPCA is excited to be eligible to receive
   both the Matching Gifts and the Employee Volun-
   teer Grants. Details of these programs are below:
                                                           Shelter ready to break
      Matching Gift – The matching gift program
   will match employee gifts to eligible 501(c)3 orga-
                                                           ground on ‘phase one’
   nizations dollar-for-dollar, up to $15,000, and re-     of new facility and clinic
   tiree gifts dollar-for-dollar, up to $7,500 annually.      The Washington County SPCA is ready to break
      Employee Volunteer Grants “Dollar for                ground on phase one of our new shelter: a garage/storage
   Hours” – ConocoPhillips will donate $500 for ev-        building with a low cost spay/neuter clinic. We’re anxious
   ery 20 hours an employee or retiree volunteers          to get this building completed as it will be our emergency
                                                           evacuation site, allowing us to save over $4,000 a year
   with an eligible 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
                                                           currently spent to rent a facility “just in case” of flooding.
   Additionally, teams of four or more employees or           Even more exciting, the new building will house a
   retirees may apply for a team grant of $1,000 to an     spay/neuter clinic, enabling us to expand efforts to im-
   eligible organization.                                  pact our county’s critical pet overpopulation problem. To
      Please contact ConocoPhillips for the necessary      kick-off this new phase, we’re looking for donors to help
   paperwork.                                              purchase surgery equipment and start us on the path to
                                                           a better facility for our animals.
      For those who are not employees or retirees of
   ConocoPhillips, please check with your employer         Equipment List for Spay/Neuter Clinic
                                                           V-Top Surgery Table, Hydraulic or Heated V-Top Surgery Table . . $2,200 or $3,008
   to see if there is a similar program where you
                                                           Feline Scale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$294
   work. Together we can make a difference!                Canine (Floor) Scale with Corded Remote Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$954
                                                           Narcotics Safe, Large . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$300
                                                           IV Track Ceiling Mount System (Qty.3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . each $199
                                                           Mayo Stand/Medical Tray. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$149
                                                           Cages, 8 units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,424
                                                           Autoclave, 6 gallon EZ10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,905
                                                           Multi-Purpose Tub Table, 60” long with accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,995
                                                           VMS Anesthesia Machine (Vaporizer not included) (Qty. 2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,563
                                                           Isoflurane Vaporizer or Sevoflurane Vaporizer (Qty. 2). . . . . . each $1,095 or $1,550
                                                           Exam Light - Ceiling Mount with Extension Arm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,512
                                                           Surgery Light - Dual Ceiling Orbital Mount One 20”, One 16” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,979
                                                           Oxygen Manifold System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$972
                                                           Oxygen Outlet, Recessed DISS (Qty. 5) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . each $204
                                                           Anesthetic Gas Scavenger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$684
                                                           Scrub Sink Package with accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,637
                                                           Oster Golden Turbo A5 Clipper (Qty. 2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . each $164
                                                           Ceiling Mount Cable Cord Reel (Qty. 2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . each $191                                                                                      Washington County SPCA Issue Two                                                        |      11
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Sherlock is a success story. He was adopted! Photo | Sherry L. Stinson

                                                                                                                               Mutual Girls Club visits shelter
                                                                                                                                  The Bartlesville Mutual Girls Club recently visited the
                                                                                                                               Washington County SPCA to learn about possible career
                                                                                                                               paths. Speakers Dr. Sarah Gordon, owner of 4 the Ani-
                                                                                                                               mals Mobile Veterinary Clinic; Sherry Stinson, owner of
                                                                                                                               Tyler Creative and TylerDog Cards; and Rita Harvey,
                                                                                                                               Bartlesville Animal Control officer shared helpful career
                                                                                                                               information to the lively group of girls and they even had
                                                                                                                               a chance to participate in a mini “photo shoot” with one of
                                                                                                                               the shelter dogs.

                                                                           The Washington County SPCA’s Adopt-a-Kennel
                                                                         program is a fabulous way for individuals and busi-
                                                                         nesses to show their support for the homeless ani-
                                                                         mals of Washington County, while at the same time
                                                                         helping to provide us with the resources we need to
                                                                         care for the thousands of homeless animals we re-
                                                                         ceive each year.
                                                                           Each kennel we “adopt” provides the shelter with
                                                                         resources to feed and vaccinate the shelter animals
                                                                         – over 2,500 animals last year alone. Kennels are
                                                                         sponsored on an annual basis.
                                                                           Each year-long Adopt-A-Kennel sponsorship costs
                                                                         $1,000 and receives the following benefits:
                                                                           • Customized Plaque
                                                                           • Your choice of kennel based
                                                                              on availability
                                                                           • Quarterly bio updates about the pet currently
                                                                              housed in sponsored kennel
                                                                           • Logo/Name on Web site
                                                                           • Annual Partner mention in newsletter (circu-
                                                                              lation 5,000)
                                                                           • Subscription to Washington County SPCA
                                                                           • Authorized logo use
                                                                           • Tax deductible receipt
                                                                           For more information, contact Programs Director
                                                                         Lianne McKinley at
                                                                          Current	Adopt-A-Kennel	sponsors	include
                                                                          • Shoemake Law Office
                                                                          • TylerDog Greeting Cards & Pet Portraiture
                                                                          • Danielle Weaver-Reiss, State Farm
                                                                          • Dr. Scott Cochran
                                                                          • Dawnette Brady, b2 Design & Construction                            Washington County SPCA Issue Two    |   13
Washington County SPCA Sponsors
  Many thanks go out to the various businesses that support the Washington County SPCA. Please patronize these
wonderful vendors. In the interactive version of the newsletter, all logos are active links to their respective Web sites.

 Pest Control, Inc.                                P.A.W.S.
                                               Unique Pet Boutique
     Dr. Scott Cochran
Earnest Heating & Air
                                                       Tulsa Hills

                                                                                                 “Unique Pet Greeting Cards”

From the President                           mowing, accounting, filing…we            To each of you – many thanks for
                   –Continued from Page 2    can use you!                          your dedication to our cause!
 •	Adopt	your	next	pet                                                                With all the successes and chang-
                                            •	Contribute	financially               es we have come through in the last
   We get all shapes and sizes. If it’s
                                              Sponsor a kennel, a spay/neuter      18 months there is one thing that
   a pure bred dog you seek? You
                                              surgery, or a day’s wages for a      remains a constant – Paula Blower.
   wouldn’t believe the number of
                                              staff member. Bring your lunch to    Paula has been with the shelter for
   Schnauzers, Black Labradors,
                                              work one day a week and donate       30 years. Ever so humble, she has
   Great Pyrenees, Black Labradors,
                                              the cost of your lunch to the        been the ‘steady’ that has seen our
   Corgis, Black Labradors, Pom-
                                              shelter. It’s easy and we provide    shelter through many a crisis and
   eranians, Black Labradors, Jack
                                              a variety of ways for your conve-    victory. She is truly one of the most
   Russell Terriers, Yorkies, etc.
                                              nience. Simply mail in a donation    intelligent, dedicated, organized and
   that enter our adoption program
                                              using the enclosed envelope or       truly caring individuals I have ever
   (did I mention Black Labradors?).
                                              bring a donation to the shelter at   met. She blows me away daily!
 •	Volunteer	your	time	and		                  16620 State Hwy. 123. We also           Thank you, Paula, for all that you
   talents	to	help	us                         accept online donations at:          have done and all you continue to do.
   Whether your forté is doing                Paypal –          Moreover, thank you for just being
   laundry, training dogs, plumbing,          PrestoDonate –    you.

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Gifts of Love
Thanks to our generous supporters for Contributions and Special Gifts
Special Recognition                             Swaney, Treasurer-Bartlesville       •	 Charlie from Jay and Teresa Davis
•	   PetSmart Charities,                        Desk and Derrick Club                •	 Sunny from Ted and L. Jean
•	   City of Bartlesville                  •	   Marino Greg Leonetti from               Jabara
•	   Bridgette Laramie                          Sharon Leonetti, Celebration Bells   •	 Diamond from Stephen and
•	   Tracy and Mark Ohlinger                    (Woodland Christian Church)             Cynthia Smith
•	   Montie and Carolyn Barham             •	   Rosemary Langston from Paula         •	 Boo and Tigger from Ron and Sue
•	   Ellen Holteclaw                            and Randall Eggert                      Kendall
•	   Jean Ann Poore                        •	   Ruby Line from John and Theresa      •	 Tiffany from David Koble
•	   Sabina Pugh                                Wurtz                                •	 Bruce from Kathleen and Edgar
•	   Don and Jerrie Brady                  •	   Tom Irwin from Norma Irwin,             Wilson
                                                Abe and Clova Abrahamson, Betty      •	 Duke, Jonah, Perky, Millie from
In Memory of (People)                           Fowler
                                                                                        Jerry and Marilou Bork
•	 Yvonne Clementson from Charles          •	   Betty Gailey from Overlees-Woods
                                                                                     •	 Starlight from Mary Evans
   and Carolyn Selman, Lee and                  Lumber Company, Floyd and
                                                                                     •	 Good Old Sam from John and
   Barbara Anderson, Jerry and Orene            Donna Moody
                                           •	   Alice and Henry Daigle from             Shirley O’Connor and Glenda
   Hooten, Phyllis McWilliams, Betty
                                                Patricia Ashe                           Garrison
   and Jack Perryman, Ronald and
   Sandra Thorson, Dennis and Janet        •	   R.R. Harvey from M.E. Bentley
   James, Frank and Bonnie Korblick,       •	   Ruth Massey from Mitchell and        In Honor of (People)
   Grady and Lori Allums, Jo Ann                Constance Cox, Patricia Sibley,      •	 Scott Buhlinger’s birthday from
   Payne, Bill and Paula Blower, John           Jerry and Linda Jarrell                 Nan Buhlinger
   and Jan Castelli, Bruce and Velma       •	   Katherine Hughes from D.L.           •	 Don Rufus from L.F. Sumpter
   Peterson, Clova and Lyle Abraha-             Wells Gotwals                        •	 Connie Brandon’s birthday from
   mson, George and Charlotte Gray,        •	   James Daigle from Patricia Ashe,        Sharon Davis
   Paul and Claudia Dick, Dennis and            Timmons Sheet Metal, Inc., Jim       •	 Ted Jabara’s birthday from Ron
   Marie Cubbage, Robert and Patricia           Rourke and Jack McClarnon, Resn-        and Kathleen Brosi
   Graham, Eugene Riling and Kay                ick family                           •	 Don and Doris Myers 60th an-
   Riling, Jack and Judy Maddux,           •	   Leonard La Duke from Mrs. L.M.          niversary from John and Diana
   Mandy Stewart                                La Duke                                 Allen, Julie Habegger
•	 Nancy Hanks from Robert and             •	   Dr. Nolan Gross from N.L. Gar-       •	 Jan and Jim Spear from Mike
   Connie Kirkpatrick, Orva Lee                 rett Trust                              and Katy May
   Brown, Bobby Quibodeaux and Pat         •	   Marie Mildren from N.L. Garrett      •	 Jim and Bucky Leihr from Doug
   Henderson                                    Trust                                   and Penny Quinn
•	 Robert Harvey from Kathleen             •	   Virgil Gaede from A.E. and Ann       •	 Bill	and	Katie	Griffin from James
   Martinovich, Abe and Clova Abra-             Basinger
   hamson                                  •	   Don Anderson from Lyle and
                                                                                     •	 Bo Wilson’s birthday from
•	 Karen Ogden O’Brien from Sher-               Clova Abrahamson
                                                                                        Dawnette Brady
   ry Conger, David and Claudean           •	   Jo Ann May from Bob May
   Greene, Susan Sprague, Lee and          •	   Cary Townsend from Robert
   Nancy Winton, Phyllis McWil-                 and Tracy Young                      In Honor, Support or
   liams, Ruth Portell and Family,                                                   Appreciation of (Pets)
   Kent and Paula Kurtz and Family,        In Memory of (Pets)                       •	 Sunny from Ted and L. Jean
   Carol and Leroy Acridge, Glenda         •	   Randy from Sharon Davis                 Jabara
   Garrison, Helen and Paul Curd,          •	   Mayhem from Jo Ann Payne             •	 Chance from B.W. and Karen
   James and Dana Keirsey, Glenda          •	   Bear from Nan Buhlinger                 Lowe
   Garrison, Frances O’Brien Erhard,       •	   Dewey from Mark and DeeAnne
   Juanita O’Brien Spencer, Roy and             Blair, Norma Hornback, Scott and        To give a Gift of Love, send your
   Norma O’Brien, Janice and Dee Dee            Sandy Jones, Kathryn Ayres           contribution of $50 or more to the
   O’Brien, Furley and Debbie Noel,        •	   Babe from John and Theresa           Washington County SPCA, 16620
•	 Fred Esser from Jack and Lou-                Wurtz                                State Highway 123, Bartlesville, OK
   ise Howarth, Daniel and Carolyn         •	   Heidi and Guinness from Charles      74006. At your request, the memo-
   Wieder, Janice Presnell, Office Staff        and Janis Feazel
                                                                                     rial or honorific gift will be printed
   of District Attorney, Vicki Sousa,      •	   Mollie from Nancy Stewart
   Nancy Worten                            •	   Chester Bear from Sheila Che-        here. Contact Programs Director Li-
•	 Stan Summers from the office                 noweth                               anne McKinley at (918) 336-1577 or
   staff at Holland and Robertson          •	   Keepsake Candle’s Max and   for more de-
•	 Lisa Gilbert from Michelle                   Shora from Jean and Todd Abshire     tails.                                                                   Washington County SPCA Issue Two    |   15

                                                                          Return Service Requested

                                                                         Bartlesville, OK 74006-0040
                                                                           16620 State Hwy. 123

  Permit No. 94
 Bartlesville, OK
 U.S. Postage

              I want to make a difference!
       YES! I am happy to help homeless animals on their way
       to a happier life. Please accept my tax deductible dona-
       tion to the Washington County SPCA in the amount of:
          $20        $40        $50         $75       Other $________

       Name: _________________________________________________

       Address: _______________________________________________

       City: ___________________________________________________

       State: ________________ Zip Code: ________________________


                     mail to: Washington County SPCA
          16620 State Highway 123 | Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74006-0040
          Donate Electronically!                        Photo | Sherry Stinson

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