Interview with Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts in Tulsa, OK
Ranger Roofing of Oklahoma, a professional roofing contractor from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who would, besides doing the business, like to contribute to the community and inform people about the most important issues happening around Tulsa.
Many local non-profit organizations have been helping the community to grow and solve the existing problems. It would be more than just great if more people could join some projects or give a financial support because that way our society would grow faster, and become happier and united.
Today we’d like to present the CARE – Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts, a non-profit volunteer dog rescue organization who’s helping our little animal friends to survive and have a decent shelter. They are educating pet owners about the importance of spay/neuter and taking care of their pets, but are also saving animals from euthanasia and neglect.
To begin with, we would like you to briefly tell us about your organization
We are a non-profit, no-kill, volunteer dog rescue organization serving the Tulsa area. We are dedicated to rescuing dogs left homeless for whatever reason – dogs in public shelters where they are at high risk of euthanasia due to pet overpopulation, dogs given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances, and those in danger of abuse or neglect. We place dogs in loving, responsible, committed permanent homes, following a comprehensive adoption process which includes taking considerable care in finding good matches and educating prospective adopters about the responsibilities and costs of bringing a dog into their homes and lives. Animals in our care are spayed or neutered, receive all appropriate veterinary care and treatment, and placed in nurturing foster homes while they await placement in their permanent homes. We assist dogs in distress without regard to age, breed or ease of placement. To the extent our finances allow, dogs in the greatest need take priority. Every dollar taken in goes directly to the care of the animals. Our group remains interested in and committed to the welfare of the dog beyond the adoption process. Finally, we strive to work with area shelters and other rescue and humane organizations to develop a network of supporters and volunteers in order to create a better world for homeless pets.
- What do you do exactly?
And what was the reason that encouraged you to start this organization?
We work tirelessly to educate pet owners on the importance of spay/neuter, vaccinations and keeping their pets safe. We save as many animals as we possibly can, from euthanasia, abuse and neglect. We pull dogs from city shelters, that have a certain death sentence, we accept owner surrenders and strays. We accept any breed, any color, any size and with any medical conditions they may have. My encouragement to start this organization, came from my experience as a foster for another organization. I saw an enormous need for saving lives and felt like I could make a difference, by starting my own organization.
- What motivates you?
Describe your mission passion
What motivates me, is seeing the end result of our efforts. Watching an animal go from being emaciated and depressed to plump, healthy and happy, from hairless to having a beautiful healthy coat, from being on death’s door, to knowing they’ve been given a second chance at life. Seeing that transformation is an amazing feeling and sending them to their new home, their own family, just tops it all off.
- Tell us about your goals
Our goals are to educate as many people as possible on the enormous animal overpopulation, abuse and neglect problem we have here in OK. Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of as many animals as we possibly can.
- What was the hardest/toughest moment you had to deal with?
Obstacles you faced when dealing with bureaucracy, permits, funding, etc. Something you would like to point out to anyone who might be starting their own organization.
The hardest part of starting an organization, would be building a relationship with followers and supporters. There are times when you get overwhelmed and want to give up, but you have to just keep pushing on and stay focused on your purpose, the animals. Getting donations, volunteers and fosters, is the toughest part of running an organization. That’s something you will always have to work very hard at and it can take years to achieve.
- What was the most fulfilling moment that happened to you?
Every life we save is a fulfilling moment for me. That feeling can’t be described, you just have to experience it for yourself. Whether you rescue, donate, volunteer or foster, it’s all very fulfilling and rewarding.
- What separates you from the rest? Why you?
There are many out there like me and most of us have the same goals. We are very compassionate about saving lives and educating the public. We have perhaps gone above your average rescue by starting a prison training program called STAR (save, train & rehabilitate)at the Dick Connor Correctional Center in Hominy, OK. We choose 8 dogs from local shelters and our rescue to enter the program, every 12 weeks. These dogs are trained by the inmates (with our personal trainer’s assistance every Friday). These 8 dogs live with the inmates in their cell and they are 100% responsible for caring for these dogs while in the program. Upon graduation, these dogs will have extended basic training and will be available for adoption. Not only are we saving lives, but also changing them.
- Do you have any upcoming events in the forthcoming months?
We have an adoption event every other Saturday at Sutherlands lumber on 21st St in Tulsa. ( We will be there this Saturday). We also join any adoption events that are put on by larger organizations.
- What is it that you love most about what you do?
I just love making a difference and seeing the end result of our efforts. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned, but we figure it out and move ahead.
- What is the biggest challenge you’re faced with today?
Our biggest challenge would be lack of funds and foster homes. We simply can not operate without those two things. We depend on donations and having a safe place to send our animals, until they find their own families. If we don’t have those things, we can’t save lives. Having several animals at once with thousand dollar surgeries, can really hurt a rescue or even shut it down.
- Anything else you would like to add?
Please donate, foster or volunteer for a local rescue!
Contact: How can people reach out to you?
Your organization’s name, phone, address, e-mail and links to your website and social media
CARE – Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts