By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Other | Issue: May 2010
OAA’s annual Rock and Rescue pet festival takes place May 22 at RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks. (L to R): Kristin McElyea, Julie McElyea, Jason McElyea and Jenny McElyea with dogs from the Tulsa Animal Shelter.
On Saturday, May 22, the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals (OAA) is hosting its third annual “Rock and Rescue” festival at RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks. This event will feature adoptable pets from over 20 rescue organizations around Green Country. Other features include live music, pet photography and $20 microchipping.
“Rock and Rescue is a fun family event with something for everyone to do,” says Jamee Suarez, president of Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. "This is the place to be if you are looking for a new four-legged friend to adopt — from Chihuahuas to Great Pyragneese — they will be here!"
There will be more entertainment on the stage than just live music. “Between bands, the Tulsa Animal Shelter will be doing a pet fashion show with some of their most fashionable mutts,” says Suarez. “It was a big hit last year.”
Vendors will be selling T-shirts and a variety of wonderful pet products. Also, there will be nail clippings and microchipping for pets. The public is welcome to bring well-behaved pets.
The microchipping will be provided by OAA for $20. "This is usually a big draw since it normally costs between $60 and $80," says Suarez. "Last year we did about a hundred microchips."
Oklahoma Alliance for Animals is a nonprofit umbrella organization established to address spay/neuter programs, adoption programs and standards, animal cruelty and education. OAA works to develop partnerships with local veterinarians, law enforcement, rescue organizations and shelters. By collaborating, they hope to increase the availability of spay/neuter programs to rural communities and increase adoptions from shelters and rescues, which would in turn decrease the euthanasia rate of adoptable animals.
"OAA works toward the day when no healthy adoptable animal is euthanized merely because it does not have a home," says Suarez. "We are here to do whatever it takes!"
Proceeds from Rock and Rescue will benefit OAA and local rescue organizations and shelters. "Rock and Rescue is a huge push to get people who are looking for a new family member to come out and see all the wonderful pets the rescue organizations and shelters have to offer," say Suarez. "If you are looking for you new best friend, more than likely this is where to be!"
Over 15,000 animals enter the Tulsa Animal Shelter each year, and only about 3,500 of those are returned to their owners or adopted. The others aren't so lucky.
"Last year's event featured over 20 rescue organizations and was attended by over 2,000 people. RiverWalk Crossing is a great place to hold the event. People enjoy coming out, not only to check out the marvelous mutts, but to shop and dine at the many unique shops and restaurants," say Suarez.
The third annual Rock and Rescue event is Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks. For more information on Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, visit them on the web at www.animalallianceok.org.