The Broken Arrow Animal Shelter and community benefit from a variety of services provided by volunteer personnel. Our volunteers come from all walks of life. Each has unique individual abilities and accordingly the operation enjoys a wealth of diversity in terms of experience. Karen Holman (pictured above) has kindly agreed to use her specialized education and training to bring forward a series of articles which we will be adding to our BA Animal Shelter media sites.

Karen Holman-Introduction/Bio

Have you ever wondered if your dog really loves you for who you are or is he secretly laughing at you? Do dogs really get mad at you when you are preparing to leave the house and upon return, your favorite house shoes are shredded? Were they getting back at you? Do cats stalk you waiting to pounce? And why do they rub on you leaving “furballs” clinging for dear life to your best, black slacks right before you walk out the door for an important meeting? Is there really a human animal bond? Are dogs really like wolves? How do we pick the perfect pet for our family?

My name is Karen Dugan Holman and I was born and raised in Broken Arrow. From an early age, I was taught to respect nature and all animals. My parents instilled in me early, that we were responsible to care for all creatures and respect their natural habitats. I have always enjoyed directly observing and studying the ethology of animals. Studying natural behavior of animals leads to realistic expectations for our pets.

I have a Master of Science in Companion Animal Behavior Analysis and Consulting. I completed my residency at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital Behavior Clinic and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. I also teach Anatomy and Physiology at BAHS and initiated the Tiger Tails Therapy Dog Program working with BA students. I also am a Paw Pal Therapy Dog leader through Tulsa Dog Training Club. I own Three Oaks Animal Behavior Counseling, providing a science based approach to behavior modification for pet’s with inappropriate and undesirable behaviors.

I am excited to have the opportunity to write a series of articles working towards improving the lives of all BA animals and our community by discussing a variety of science based animal topics. Such as, what is the responsibility of our citizens to the animal community? How can we be responsible pet owners? How to handle basic animal behavior problems? How to bring a new pet into the home? What kind of pet is best for your family? And what to realistically expect from the pet you have chosen as a family member?

If you have any questions or would like further information, I can be reached at


  1. Edith Finnell

    The Broken Arrow Animal Shelter is very lucky to have you. How exciting that you will be doing this. Looking forward to it. I also volunteer at St Francis Children’s Hospital and work with Paw Pals Therapy Dogs. Most rewarding job in the world.

  2. Carole Brown

    I have a 10 year old daughter who desperately wants to volunteer at the animal shelter. I told her that you may have to be a little older but I would check for her. She also has a bad cat allergy. I would appreciate it if someone would let me know.
    Thank you.

    • baac

      Thank you for your interest in the shelter. We do require volunteers be at least 18 years old. For more information regarding how to volunteer and the necessary paperwork requirements please contact Latasha Sampson @

  3. Mel

    I’m a total cat care geek and would like to volunteer a few hours of my time during the day at the Broken Arrow shelter when my sons are at school. We got our cat, Chloe, from this shelter many years ago. Sadly we could not save Chloe’s siblings or her mother. Only had room for one more cat in our life then. Would like to try to make a small bit of difference where I can. To give back to the shelter that gave us our furry friend. I know a little dog training. Not much. Willing to learn more.

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