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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, FEBRUARY 11, 2015 – The Kirkpatrick Foundation will host The ANIMAL Conference at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel March 30-31. The first of its kind, the two-day forum will focus on Ideas, Impact, and Inspiration by bringing together the brightest minds in science, journalism, research, and sustainability to convene and discuss current and future trends affecting animals.

“Our vision for The ANIMAL Conference is to convene those who are...

July 2014 | Kirkpatrick Foundation invited members of the Mutt-i-grees professional development team from the North Shore Animal League, the Oklahoma City Zoo, and the Keystone Adventure School and Farm to participate in a panel presentation at the Oklahoma State Department of Education Vision 2020 Conference in downtown Oklahoma City. Click here for details...

May 16, 2014 | The Kirkpatrick Foundation hosts a luncheon presenting the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum on Thursday at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Click here for details

On October 22 and 23, 2018, Kirkpatrick Foundation of Oklahoma will host the second ANIMAL Conference: A Forum of Ideas, Impact, and Inspiration in downtown Oklahoma City. This two-day conference will bring together speakers from across the United States on the topic of animal wellbeing and compassion. We plan for 425 people to attend from across the country. We hope you will join us in this remarkable new endeavor, to be held once every three years.

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In June 2014 professionals from thirteen organizations including those in adult protective services, domestic violence, animal protection, veterinary medicine, public health, social work, mental health, substance abuse, academia, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, met in Oklahoma City to form the first Link Coalition in Oklahoma. The Link refers to the connection between animal cruelty and domestic violence. Once viewed by law enforcement as a tangential concern better left to animal welfare...

Mabel Bassett Correctional Center breaks grown on new dog kennel.  The kennel will offer female offenders who participate in the dog-training program a place to house and care for the dogs they train, as well as space for parenting and reading classes. A private donor was moved after viewing "The Dogs of Lexington" documentary (funded by a grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation), which chronicles the lives of inmates participating in...

June 5, 2014 | The Dogs of Lexington, documentary about the dog-training prison program in Lexington, Oklahoma, is nominated for an Emmy. Click here for details.

May 16, 2014 | Ruth Steinberger, founder of SpayFirst!, releases new Kirkpatrick Foundation-funded study regarding access to animal shelters and low-income populations in Oklahoma. Click here for details.