Outlook 2013: Oklahoma philanthropist wants stricter laws for seniors, animals, historical sites

Bobbie Burbridge Lane shares her hopes for Oklahoma City in the year 2033.

by Heather Warlick Published: April 28, 2013
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Bobbie Burbridge Lane is a social leader and philanthropist with more energy than many half her age. At 78, Lane is passionate about Oklahoma City, its people, animals and history. She is chairman of the board of The Burbridge Foundation, which was founded by her father, the late Robert Oscar Burbridge. Lane and the foundation have been directly affecting the lives and footprint of Oklahoma City for decades.

When asked what she hopes to see in Oklahoma City 20 years from now, Lane had some strong opinions, both for positive improvements and things she hopes change radically.

Helping animals

As a crusader for animal rights, she’s working to create a sanctuary for horses. She said this is especially important after the recent signing of a bill to allow horse slaughter plants in Oklahoma.

“The first thing I want above anything is a no-kill center for cats and dogs, and in addition, a huge amount of land with facilities, vets, food, medicine, etc., for horses and other animals, so as to never be threatened with horse slaughter in their lives again,” Lane said.

She hopes to see all unwanted and homeless animals sheltered and safe.

Additionally, she hopes to see prison time given to anyone caught abusing or killing animals — “not just a slap on the wrist and a fine, but a sufficient amount of years, that they will fear ever abusing and killing an animal.”

Preserving history

Lane said she wishes no more historic buildings and places, such as the park in front of the Civic Center, would be “torn down and replaced with things like that park is now — without a heart, cold, no history, plain and no warmth of 75-year-old trees and monuments.”


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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