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Tell Me Something Good: PAW First
Volunteers in Ponca City are putting animal welfare first. In fact, that's the name of their organization - P.A.W. First.
Sherry Hoach is a volunteer. She says their goal is simple.
"Save as many animals as we can and get them into the best homes that we can."
P.A.W. First volunteers photograph dogs at area shelters and make them look as adoptable as possible.
Then they give each dog its own web page with all kinds of information. Then they market the dogs to a network of trusted friends, families, and potential new owners.
Kisha Oakes also uses social media to market the dogs she saves.
"I pretty much put my dog up on my Facebook page every week until I found a home for it."
Because dogs usually have only 72 hours at shelters before they're euthanized, volunteers work fast. Animals not adopted out are rescued before their expiration date. Oakes has 2 dogs of her own and fosters other dogs when necessary.
"It gives them playmates."
Hoach and her husband saved the lives of 26 unwanted dogs last year.
"When you see the need and you know about it, and you know what happens if you don't find them homes, then you can't not do it. It's as simple as that."
Each animal is examined, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. Volunteers admit they couldn't do it without a network of humane societies, veterinarians, and PetSense. The Ponce City animal supply store allows P.A.W. First to hold adoption fairs and post pictures of available dogs. It also provides dog food.
Volunteers say fostering to the four-legged is rewarding - from the moment a dog steps inside their temporary home until it's time to move on to a carefully screened permanent home.
Hoach says, "What makes it easy is when you find that perfect home. You can let it go and know that the dog will be okay."
Last year, the volunteers of P.A.W. First saved the lives of 275 dogs.
If you'd like more information on P.A.W. First, please check out the group's web site: http://www.pawfirst.com
Posted: Wednesday, January 30 2013, 10:23 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. court upholds life sentence in uncle's death
May 17, 2013 21:34 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence of a 38-year-old man who was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting his uncle to death.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Friday in the case of Patrick Shane Yargee. A jury in Tulsa County found Yargee guilty in the 2010 shooting death of 48-year-old David Willie Harjo.
Authorities alleged that Yargee shot Harjo eight times in a residence in northern Tulsa. Reports filed in the case indicate that the two men had an argument involving a woman before the shooting.
The five-judge court unanimously rejected Yargee's claims that he was denied a fair trial.
Yargee's defense attorney, Stuart Southerland of the Tulsa County Public Defender's Office, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
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