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Pet Tales: New roundtable formed to improve animal welfare in Oklahoma

Heather Warlick: The Oklahoma Roundtable for Animal Welfare is part of a new Kirkpatrick Foundation initiative, “Safe & Humane: A New Vision.” The initiative's mission is to make Oklahoma a safer and more humane place to be an animal by 2032.
by Heather Warlick Published: November 24, 2012
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Where animals fare well, children, families and individuals fare well. This is one of the guiding principals of The Oklahoma Roundtable for Animal Welfare.

The Roundtable is a result of a challenge issued by Christian Keesee, executive director of the Kirkpatrick Foundation.

“He gave us the challenge to make Oklahoma one of the safest and most humane places to be an animal by 2032,” said Paulette Black, program officer for the Kirkpatrick Foundation.

To that end, the Kirkpatrick Foundation has devised “Safe & Humane: A New Vision.”

The roundtable is part of that plan. Its goal is stated in the Safe & Humane document, available at kirkpatrickfoundation.com:

“Our mission? To improve the lives of Oklahoma animals and the people who care for them.”

The first meeting of the roundtable was held Nov. 12. Twenty-five local civic, nonprofit and industry leaders came together to discuss the welfare of Oklahoma's animals.

The group identified the most pressing issues facing Oklahoma animals: education for the general public and industry professionals; minimum standards of care in various fields from animal rescues to shelters to livestock production; disaster preparedness and response, affordable services and education outreach for underserved populations; regulation of exotic and wildlife ownership and trade, community and field awareness related to the human/animal bond; and support for law enforcement agencies.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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