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Fundraising Success! -- Saturday June 16th, 2012
OOPS Rescue recently held its second annual garage-sale fundraiser and successfully exceeded the 2012 goal for this event! The non-profit organization wanted to top last year’s proceeds and raise at least $500 to add microchips to the standard services provided for each orphan in its care.
The fundraiser was held at a volunteer’s home in conjunction with a neighborhood-wide garage sale event. Items were donated for the sale by OOPS members and supporters. By timing it with multiple families in the neighborhood, the group was able to leverage the additional publicity and raise awareness for their cause. Buster, Danny and Harley were on hand to elevate the “cuteness factor” and help sell the goods. All proceeds will go toward providing services and supplies for the orphans, including microchips.
The idea of microchips came about after two recent incidents, a few months apart. On separate occasions former orphans were lost or otherwise misplaced from their adoptive family but, thankfully, were returned to OOPS. While it doesn’t happen often, there are times when an adoptive family can no longer care for their pet. It is for these occasions that OOPS wanted the extra assurance that rescues would be returned to them. Microchips can provide that assurance. President, Caren Reiman adds, “When a poodle from OOPS is placed with a family, we feel a responsibility to make sure that relationship sticks. If for some reason that doesn’t happen, then we want the dog back, in our care, until their real forever home is found.”
Fundraising events, like this garage sale, are one of the many ways that OOPS volunteers come together to raise money and awareness for their cause. Exposure and participation in regional events, in conjunction with other area rescue groups helps spread the word that OOPS is a breed rescue organization that cares about finding suitable and loving homes for its orphans. Check the Events Calendar for more information.
Oklahoma Orphaned Poodle Services (OOPS) is staffed entirely by volunteers and was organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Their work is made possible through fundraising events, such as this, as well as generous tax-deductible contributions from individual supporters, business sponsors and corporate grants.
OOPS Attends Rock and Rescue -- Saturday June 9th, 2012
Saturday, June 9, was a scorcher as some of our volunteers braved the heat to participate in the 5th Annual Rock & Rescue event. OOPS attended the event with several other animal welfare groups from around Green Country including ARF Tulsa, Doberman Rescue, Tulsa Boxer Rescue, Great Plains Mastiff Rescue, Tulsa Animal Welfare, Lab Rescue, Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue, Tulsa SPCA, Oklahoma Airedale Rescue and German Shepherd Rescue.
The event took place at Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks Okla. where hundreds of potential adoptive families talked to rescue organizations and animal product or service providers. Riverwalk Crossing was the perfect location for an event like this. Its ground level bubbling fountains provided a cool drink of water and a quick reprieve from the heat for anyone on 2 legs or 4. Add to that the live music and general festive atmosphere and you have a good day for being out and about.
OOPS volunteer Cindy Quick organized our participation in the event. She was joined by Vicky Brown, Sherri Stephens, Jane Ruyle, Gwen Grandell and Marta Morrow who came out to assist. They showed off Douge, Ranger, Odie, Fabian, Tazz, and Buster.
The event’s primary focus was to find loving homes for pets from over a dozen area rescues. We were not able to place any of our orphans during Rock & Rescue; however the exposure and participation in regional events such as this spreads the word that OOPS is a breed rescue organization that cares about finding suitable and loving homes for its orphans.