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THE EDMOND SUN
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2019 © 2019 THE EDMOND SUN

Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter’s ‘Ride to Rescue’ celebrates 5,000 dog deliver

A friendly young Great Dane mix named Homer plays with one of his toys. He was delivered this month to the Dumb Friends League’s Buddy Center in Castle Rock, Colo., and quickly adopted through the Dumb Friends League. Homer became the 5,000th dog transported as a part of the Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter in Vinita’s “Ride to Rescue” program. PHOTO COURTESY | PAAS VINITA

THE EDMOND SUN
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2019

© 2019 THE EDMOND SUN

Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter’s ‘Ride

to Rescue’ celebrates 5,000 dog delivery

VINITA — For more than three years, Kay

Stout, of Edmond, executive director of the

Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter in Vinita,

has joined forces with area nonprofit rescues

and animal shelters from more than a

dozen rural state municipalities to give a

second chance to unwanted or abandoned

dogs through its weekly “Ride to Rescue”

program.

The outreach program uses PAAS Vinita’s

animal shelter as a regional hub to house 25

to 30 dogs a week. Each dog has been preselected

by participating area shelters and

rescues based on specific criteria, including

the state of the dog’s health, friendliness

and potential adopt-ability. The dogs are

then transported from PAAS Vinita in a dogfriendly

bus to the Dumb Friends League in

Colorado, where they are usually quickly

adopted.

Early in November, a friendly young Great

Dane mix named Homer was delivered to

the Dumb Friends League’s Buddy Center

in Castle Rock, Colorado. Homer became

the 5,000th dog “Ride to Rescue” has delivered.

In celebration, the Dumb Friends

League presented Homer with a cake and

his success story was featured on TV by a

Denver CBS affiliate. Homer was also

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More than three years ago, Edmond resident Kay Stout, executive director of thePeaceful Animal Adoption Shelter in Vinita, joined forces with area nonprofit rescues and animal shelters from more than a dozen rural state municipalities to give a second chance to unwanted dogs through its weekly “Ride to Rescue” program. PHOTO COURTESY | PAAS VINITA

adopted the next day.

“You suddenly realize the 5,000th dog

delivery is so symbolic in so many ways

because most of those dogs potentially

have new homes in Colorado,” she said.

“We have a business mindset at our shelter,

but our biggest challenge is knowing that

we can’t always save the dog in front of us,

but we do save the 10 that are waiting to go

on the bus.”

Approximately 95% of the dogs that are

delivered weekly have been adopted before

the next week’s transport arrives. While

Oklahoma has a surplus of dogs and cats,

Colorado has a booming population of

people who often want to adopt a dog in

need of a home.

In addition to PAAS Vinita, the other

Oklahoma shelters and rescues come from

the towns of Bixby, Chickasha, Collinsville,

Coweta, Duncan, Enid, Mannford, Miami,

Muskogee, Langley, Noble, Poteau, Sapulpa,

Sand Springs, and Tulsa. Stout said with the

help of generous philanthropists, including

the Cresap Family Foundation and the

Arnall Family Foundation, the “Ride to

Rescue” program has been a success.

“Without philanthropists who are willing

to trust us, we could not have accomplished

what we’ve accomplished,” she said. “With

the massive dog overpopulation in rural

Oklahoma, I believe our best line of attack

is our out-of-state transfers. We have too

many unwanted dogs here, so we take the

overflow to Colorado.”

Dumb Friends League Public Relations

Manager Maia Brusseau said its partnership

with PAAS Vinita is very valuable

because the “Ride to Rescue” program

delivers highly adoptable dogs.

“We collaborate with them and their

partner shelters concerning an individual

dog’s health care, vaccinations and veterinary

records,” Brusseau said. “Before the

‘Ride to Rescue’ program we had more

adopters than dogs here in Colorado and

we didn’t have enough dog choices. When

PAAS Vinita delivers the dogs, they are

greeted warmly by our staff and volunteers,

and we feel so grateful to have them.

“We thank the people of Oklahoma for

bringing us these dogs,” she said.

She said the league’s name can be confusing

to the uninformed. The term

“dumb” was a common term used in 1910

when the Dumb Friends League was established.

It means lacking the power of

speech.

“It means we are speaking for those who

cannot,” Brusseau said. “It is really quite

sweet.”

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The Oklahomanhttps://oklahoman.com/article/5649543/oklahoma-business-briefcase-for-dec-11-2019

Oklahoma business briefcase for Dec. 11, 2019

Published: Wed, December 11, 2019 5:00 AM

Clemens Aviation expands into Oklahoma

Clemens Aviation, a family-owned aircraft charter, management and sales operation based near Wichita, Kansas, has teamed up with longtime Oklahoma aviation professional Gary Purdum to lead its expansion into Oklahoma’s business jet sales market.

Clemens Aviation recently named Purdum as its local marketing director and plans to open an office at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City, officials said.

The company offers the opportunity for customers to buy full or shared interest in business jets. Clemens Aviation manages every aspect of the ownership from pilots to maintenance.

“All the customer has to do is to make a phone call with a few details about their trip and everything else is taken care of,” Purdum said. “It’s that simple. The Clemens family’s mission is to provide the safest, most affordable ownership experience available.”

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Home / Aerospace / Jet charter business expands to Oklahoma

Jet charter business expands to Oklahoma

By: Daisy Creager The Journal Record December 9, 2019 0

From left, Clemens Aviation founder Dwayne Clemens with his wife, Julie Clemens; son, Austin Clemens; daughter, Lizzie Clemens; and son, Alex Clemens, in front of one of the 25 business jets they manage in Benton, Kansas. (Courtesy photo/Clemens Aviation)

From left, Clemens Aviation founder Dwayne Clemens with his wife, Julie Clemens; son, Austin Clemens; daughter, Lizzie Clemens; and son, Alex Clemens, in front of one of the 25 business jets they manage in Benton, Kansas. (Courtesy photo/Clemens Aviation)

Kansas-based Clemens Aviation is moving into the Oklahoma business jet market with a time share-esque model.

The charter, management and sales operation will be run locally from an office at Wiley Post Airport, where customers can buy full or shared interest in a business jet with Clemens managing every aspect of ownership, from pilots to maintenance.

Clemens offers the sale of 25% interest in an aircraft for 80 days of use a year. Oklahoma customers set up the flight with an advance phone call and fly out of Wiley Post. The company has 25 business jets, 12 mechanics and 30 full-time pilots that will remain based in Wichita for now.

“They’ve been very successful in the Wichita area and have made utilization and ownership of a jet aircraft very affordable,” Clemens Marketing Director Gary Purdum said. “It enables a company or an individual to have the benefits and advantages of jet ownership for a very small percentage of the actual cost if they owned it alone.”

Family-owned, the company was started by Dwayne Clemens, whose father was a crop-duster. Dwayne Clemens’ career has spanned work at Beechcraft, now part of Textron Aviation, where he worked as a production test pilot, before purchasing Stearman Field Airport, a 90-acre public-use airport in Benton, Kansas.

Now, Dwayne Clemens runs the company with his wife, Julie Clemens, and their kids Alex and Lizzie Clemens.

Lizzie Clemens said expansion to the Oklahoma market was natural, in part, due to the family’s relationship with Purdum, who worked at Beechcraft with Dwayne Clemens.

Ponca City resident and business owner Chuck Greenwood, who recently purchased full share of a plane through Clemens, said the flexibility and convenience of the service have been helpful. 

Ponca City resident and business owner Chuck Greenwood, recently purchased full share of a plane through Clemens Aviation.

Also in the aerospace business, he said he appreciates the company’s background and not having to worry about handling maintenance and other aspects of owning a business jet. 

“I think their model is the trend where private aviation is going because by buying a share of an airplane, you get to use it whenever you want. Your airplane is being exercised because planes, like cars, seem to break when they’re not used for extended periods of time,” Greenwood said.

Lizzie Clemens said she and her siblings grew up around aircraft and flying. Now, the family aspect adds a dimension to the company’s service.

“I feel that … the small or family-owned business feel is a lot different, it’s definitely a more personalized experience. Especially since we work with a lot of family-owned businesses as well. I think people find it comforting,” Lizzie Clemens said.

Tagged with: CLEMENS AVIATION GARY PURDUM WILEY POST AIRPORT

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