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2014 Milestones

  • In August, Manda Shank (Kirkpatrick Foundation Program Associate) and Wylee Sanderson (Kirkpatrick Foundation Summer Intern) promote the Safe & Humane initiative at the first Oklahoma Pet Expo at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.
  • In early July, the Kirkpatrick Foundation facilitated a workshop session and panel for the Oklahoma State Department of Education Vision 20/20 Conference in downtown Oklahoma City. The panel included representatives from Keystone Adventure School and Farm, Edmond, Oklahoma City Zoo and the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum, North Shore Animal League America, Inc. The session, “Safe and Humane – Empathy and Compassion through Interaction with Animals”, also featured special guest canines from A New Leash on Life Therapy Dog Training Program in Oklahoma City.


  • On June 19, the inaugural meeting of the Oklahoma Link Coalition convenes in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Link Coalition mission, based on the principals of the National Link Coalition, “promotes collaboration, cooperation, public awareness, and education to end violence against people and animals by recognizing the link between human and animal abuse." The first meeting was facilitated by Phil Akrow, coordinator of the National Link Coalition. Second meeting the group heard from Sherry Ramsey, Attorney and Manager of Animal Cruelty Prosecution, Humane Society of the United States. Founding member agencies of the Coalition include the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Council, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Domestic Violence Intervention Services of Tulsa, Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, Oklahoma chapter of the Humane Society of the United States, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Raven’s Rescue, Best Friends of Pets-Oklahoma, the Pet Food Pantry, SpayFirst!, Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center, Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Oklahoma County Commissioners Association, Enid SPCA, and the Kirkpatrick Foundation.       
  • In May, Kirkpatrick Foundation hosted Mutt-i-grees® and Animal League America for a luncheon with 75 educators and librarians at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. The Mutt-i-grees® curriculum uses shelter pets to develop social empathy and emotional learning to children grades Pre-K through 12.


  • In May, SpayFirst! Released results of a comprehensive county-by-county study of animal shelters in Oklahoma, funded by the Kirkpatrick Foundation. Summary remarks were presented by the lead researcher, Ruth Steinberger, director of Spay First, at the State Capitol, with thirty representatives from various shelters present. Key findings indicate that not all communities in Oklahoma have adequate access to shelters.  Of the few shelters that can be found in parts of Oklahoma, many are poorly staffed with little to no record keeping.