TODAYS TOP STORIES
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
Judge orders Okla. pastor to trial on murder count
May 25, 2013 19:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A judge says the pastor of an Oklahoma City church must stand trial in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
Fifty-three-year old Michael Elder is charged in the death of 27-year-old Gary Davidson last February. Davidson was married to Elder's daughter.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/16Wg62Z ) that Judge Ray C. Elliott on Friday ordered Elder to stand trial after Davidson's wife and girlfriend each told different stories. April Davidson said she feared for her life while fighting with Davidson in the front seat of a pickup truck. Judith Chism said Davidson was trying to exit the truck from a rear seat when he was shot.
Defense lawyers have argued Davidson fired the gun in self-defense.
Elder is senior pastor at The Cross Baptist Church. He was being held without bail.
Sometimes the stories with the most impact come directly from the viewers. If you have a story that needs to be told, we want to hear it. Fill out the form below and let us know what stories need to be told.
From the FOX 25 First Forecast Center..The holiday weekend is here...Expect variable clouds with scattered showers and t'storms for your Saturday. ...
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
BC-US--Dow Record-Three Personal Stories, 1st Ld-Writethru,1173
Dow Record: Three tales of ups, downs and changes
AP Photo FX102, FX103
Eds: With BC-US--Dow Record. Adds photos.
By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: RESTAURANT FLAP LEADS TO INTERNET MELTDOWN
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- It isn't exactly to curry favor with your restaurant customers -- even if your specialty isn't curry.