2010 Milestones

  • Spay First Oklahoma opens its second clinic in the Tulsa area to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries to Oklahoma pet owners. To date, the organization has performed over 45,000 surgeries to curb pet overpopulation.
  • The Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma City opens its doors to provide food and related services to low-income senior citizen and homeless pet owners.
  • The Animal Legal Defense Fund improves Oklahoma’s ranking to twenty-first in the nation thanks to the strength of its animal protection laws. Reasons for improvement include strong anti-animal-fighting laws, bond and forfeiture provisions, pet protective orders, and heightened oversight of commercial pet breeders.
  • The Oklahoma City Zoo develops a ten-year master plan, and in 2012 the zoo announces a capital campaign for the new Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital.
  • The Oklahoma Beef Council makes a $250,000 gift to the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science to fund an endowed professorship in honor of animal scientist and behavior expert Temple Grandin.