Our mission is to help the lives of many through the humane placement of animals in need with those that will love and care for them. No animals in our shelter are ever put to death for lack of placement. We are a federal 501(c)(3) non profit corporation. We receive no state or federal funding. The work that we do is made possible through the generosity of people who care.
Real Rescue a small, family operated, 501(c)3 non-profit Oklahoma Corporation started by Dana and Chris Venters in June 2001. We try to help any creature that crosses our path and is in need of assistance. We provide whatever medical, psychological, physical and nutritional care the animal needs. Of course, this is expensive and we depend entirely on tax-deductible contributions from family, friends and supporters.
We are currently building fences, kennels and exercise enclosures on our farm-sanctuary outside of Oklahoma City. We especially try to help elderly and handicapped animals and people. Hopefully, you will find one or more of your true life-long companion animals here.
Mission and Programs
*Providing rescued animals with the medical care, nutrition, and shelter they require until they can be placed though the adoption program. *Increasing the number of people who will choose to adopt a homeless animal as an option when looking to add an animal companion to their family, through the positive promotion of animal rescues and their important role in the community. *Building and maintaining strong relationships with local community and preventing the unnecessary death of animals in Oklahoma County through our rescue/adoption program. *Increasing the number of animals in the community who are spayed or neutered through the continued education of the community on the animal overpopulation epidemic and by working with other animal welfare groups to introduce and support state and/or city legislation that will require companion pet spay/neutering and the licensing of animal breeders.
Program 1. Sanctuary.
A. Animal Adoptions. Real Rescue, Inc. (RRI) operates a sanctuary/rescue for abused and abandoned companion and domestic animals, with approximately 200 animals at the rescue on any given day. Those animals found to have been truly unadoptable find a permanent home and haven at RRI.
B. Education. RRI promotes the proper care of companion animals through the education of the community and new adopters. The areas of greatest concern to the rescue are spay/neutering, pet containment, proper sheltering and preventative medical care such as heartworm prevention. All of these areas are outlined in the adoption contract.
C. Community Involvement. To heighten the State of Oklahoma’s awareness of the pet overpopulation epidemic, RRI is helping to bring about legislation requiring companion animal spay/neutering with licensed breeder exceptions. As part of this campaign, the rescue’s co-founder Attorney Chris Venters drafted the “Dog and Cat Breeder and Owner Responsibility Act”. After gaining support from Senator Helton in 2001, Mr. Venters’ work was used as the basis for the Senate Bill 1130 that was introduced in the Oklahoma State Senate in February 2004. Although the bill was defeated its first time out, Mr. Venters and other community members continue to seek sponsorship for future legislative sessions, hoping to ensure its actual passage in the future. D. Facilities. During 2004, RRI completed the construction of several capital projects. Construction had been a continuous project over the last few years and consists of several dog kennels, a large fenced dog play area, a large pig and goat enclosure, a large domestic cattery, and a feral cat enclosure.
Program 2. Website and Newsletter.
A.Website. In 2004, the rescue obtained volunteer web design services from Barking Mutt Productions to create a new website for the rescue. This allows the rescue to reach a broader market of potential adopters, as well as provide the community a virtual tour of the farm and its residents. Another generous volunteer placed RRI on Petfinders.com in 2004. With these two valuable resources, RRI can introduce thousands more people to the work the rescue is doing to find homes for adoptable animals. The website continues to be provided, designed and maintained by new volunteers since 2009.
B. Newsletter. In 2004, rescue volunteers designed and produced a professional newsletter that allows the rescue to keep the community informed of animal welfare issues and introduce pets available for adoption.
Program 3. Outreach Programs.
A. Off-site adoptions. Because RRI is located in an isolated part of Oklahoma County, it is necessary to utilize outside sources to bring animals available for adoption and the community together. During 2004, a local television station allowed RRI to showcase some of these animals in several animal welfare advertising spots the station sponsored. Along with the rescue’s long standing relationship with two area PetSmarts which allow off-site adoption outreach programs, this exposure is critical in introducing the community to the work that RRI strives to do for these animals.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS FROM THE ORGANIZATION
All anyone in Oklahoma County needs to do to research the local pet overpopulation epidemic is study the Oklahoma City (OKC) classified ads. On any given Sunday, you’ll find 350 different ads for everything from “free to good homes” pets to backyard breeders’ ads for purebreds of all shapes and sizes. If you estimate that each ad is a litter 3 to 10 puppies or kittens, it doesn’t take long to calculate that 1,000 to 3,000 pets are offered for sale in 5 columns of ads. During the week preceding the sale of these advertised pets, local shelters and vets put to death a similar number of animals. It’s hard to think about. Like several rescue groups in Oklahoma County, RRI can think of little else. These groups struggle to carry the load for the many people who look away from stray dogs on the highway median to spare themselves a moment’s sadness. While there is still a long way to go to fully address the surplus pet population, RRI believes that with the help of concerned community members, City Managers, and State Lawmakers, that the effects of animal suffering due to overpopulation will end.
WHO WE ARE
RRI’s mission is to provide rescued animals with the second chance they deserve, by providing a safe haven until the animals can be placed though the adoption program and to promote the adoption of homeless animals as a positive alternative to purchasing from breeders.