NOVEMBER 2020
Ozarks Kat and K9 is a small but mighty NO KILL shelter operating in the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks for over 30 years
BOTH THE SHELTER BUILDING AND THRIFT STORE WILL BE CLOSED ON THURSDAY, NOV 26, 2020 FOR THANKSGIVING

Thrift store hours are Monday through Saturday 10am - 4pm.
Shelter hours are Monday through Saturday 12pm - 4pm.

*FACE MASK/COVERS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY TO BOTH
THE SHELTER AND THRIFT STORE BUILDINGS*

Open dates/hours for both buildings are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 situation and state/local regulations. Please watch our SHELTER and THRIFT STORE Facebook pages for the latest updates, scheduling changes and weather-related closings.
OZARKS KAT & K9 IS HIRING!
Our animal shelter is looking for new team members who are hard working, dependable, good with multitasking, and have a genuine love of animals. Full and part time positions available. Our work day is 8am - 4:30pm. WEEKENDS ARE MANDATORY. Apply in person at the animal shelter to fill out an application Monday - Saturday from 12pm - 4pm
THE CHOW CORRAL NEEDS YOUR HELP

Did you know that we operate a pet food pantry to help lake-area families in need to feed their pets???? Due to Covid and the end of tourist season, more and more people are needing assistance this year than ever before and our supplies are getting very low.

Sometimes a bag of dog or cat food once a month can make a big difference in a family being able to keep their pets. Our OKK Chow Corral runs entirely on donations. If you are in a position to be able to help, please consider purchasing a bag of dog or cat food the next time you are at the store and drop it by the shelter. Or order online and have it shipped directly to us to the address at the bottom of this newsletter.

Our food pantry accepts any brand of Made in the USA dog, cat, puppy or kitten food--both dry and canned. We also give out kitty litter when we have it available. We will accept open bags of food as long as it is not expired, so if your Fluffy is picky and doesn't like what you bought, we will find someone who does!

If you need assistance with pet food, please call or come by the shelter and we will help you out as long as we have supplies available.
MURPHY'S SPAY/NEUTER LOW INCOME FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Low cost spay & neuter assistance for low income individuals is available through our Murphy's program, with surgeries primarily done at Lake Dog and Cat Veterinary Hospital in Laurie, MO. Call 573-552-7743 and leave a message for information and referrals. Someone will return your call as soon as possible.
THRIFT STORE NEWS
The employees and volunteers continue working hard to make the thrift store the best it can be! Displays are always being tweaked to organize and display merchandise in the best possible light. New items hit the racks and shelves every day.

Spontaneous sales occur when inventory of specific items is overflowing. Every day is something new and different, so check back often!

With the influx of individuals moving here from Florida, California and Colorado we have many new shoppers who have expressed how impressed they are with our store. Donations and sales are at an all time high.

The employees and volunteers are to be commended for all their hard work. Don't forget--the money from all sales goes to support the shelter animals!
GOBBLE UP THESE HOLIDAY PET SAFETY TIPS
Thanksgiving is centered around family and food. Keep your furry family members safe this holiday season with these tips.

Though it is tempting to treat your pets with the day's festive feast, many of these foods are dangerous for them. Never feed the following to your pets:

  • Turkey - Fatty dark meat and skin are bad for their pancreas and bones can choke or splinter in the digestive tract. A small amount of unseasoned well-cooked white meat is generally considered safe.
  • Garlic/Leeks/Onions/Chives - These common seasonings are toxic to both dogs and cats and can cause damage to red blood cells.
  • Unbaked Yeast Dough - Unbaked dough can cause a blockage if eaten as the yeast makes it rise and expand. The natural fermentation of the yeast in your cat or dog’s stomach can also cause alcohol poisoning.
  • Desserts - Most people are aware that chocolate is toxic for dogs and cats, but so are raisins, currants and artificial sweeteners such as xylitol. Also avoid cake batter with raw eggs that could contain salmonella.

There are a few pet-friendly food options that are likely on your holiday menu that your pets will love to snack on. Raw fruits and vegetables such as carrots, green beans, apples, sweet potatoes and pumpkin puree (not the sweetened, seasoned pie filling) make safe and yummy treats.

Make sure that your trash is secured so your four-legged family members aren't tempted to help themselves to leftovers. Likewise, find a secure location for guests to store their coats and bags so nosy pets don't come across things like human medications or candy that may be inside.

Some pets may be nervous about the visitors coming to your house and want to hide. Others may be watching for the opening doors as a chance to head outside. Keep your pets safe this holiday by making sure ahead of time that their collars are on and their tag and microchip info is up to date.
DUE TO COVID-19 THE OZARKS KAT AND K9 BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS VOTED NOT TO HAVE A CHRISTMAS PARTY THIS YEAR.
If you wish to help support OKK9 at this time in a "social distancing" approved manner, monetary contributions can be made using the DONATE button on our Facebook page.
Our animals appreciate you!
PEOPLE OF OKK9 - BOARD SPOTLIGHT
(by Angi Uber, Shelter Manager)

Our organization has grown significantly over the years. Much of where we are today is thanks to the creativity and courage of our very own Debbie Cook, who began with our organization in 2004. She has been involved with almost every aspect of OKK9.

The list of Debbie's accomplishments on behalf of the shelter is extensive. She’s headed fundraising efforts, written grants, volunteered at our thrift store, computerized shelter animal records, served on our Board of Directors for many years, fostered and adopted numerous dogs and cats, and instituted/runs our Ebay sales program. Debbie encouraged the start of Dogs Play For Life playgroups for our shelter dogs, which is instrumental in the socialization of dogs in our care. She continues to lead play group sessions and training for our staff. Debbie has proved to be an invaluable asset to our ever-growing organization.

John F. Kennedy once said, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” We here at OKK9 want to say how thankful we are for the abundance of selflessness that Debbie has shown to better the lives of the animals in our care!!
ONLINE ADOPTION FORM!
Our online adoption application makes it easier for potential adopters to apply for a new family member! Click the "Adopt, Don't Shop" photo to fill out and submit the form directly from your phone or computer.
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The OKK9 Board of Directors meeting is the third Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm. Meetings are held in the shelter building's assessment room and are open to the public.
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*COMMUNITY BARKS & MEOWS*
We are thrilled to announce that Ozarks Kat and K9 Shelter is a 2020 grant recipient from the Community Foundation of the Lake. The Karen Jean Rudek Fund grant provides support for horse and dog shelters, sanctuaries, and rescue facilities with preference given to Lake of the Ozarks organizations. The money received from this grant will be used for our Murphy's Low Income Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program.

THE ANIMALS OF THE LAKE THANK YOU!
Ozarks Kat & K9 Shelter
17290 Hwy 5 N
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079
573-374-2629 staff3@earthlink.net
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