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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 26, 2012

The roundtable will be a twice-yearly event and members of the community can call the Kirkpatrick Foundation to discuss being part of the next roundtable event, scheduled for May, 2013.

“I think it’s commendable for the Foundation to take this step to really make a safer state for animals,” Black said. “How animals are treated is an indication of how people are treated.”

The Kirkpatrick Foundation has long been active in animal welfare issues. As part of the Safe & Humane initiative, the foundation has identified several steps to a humane community. These include a 2013 study to assess the status of Oklahoma animal welfare, recognizing advancements in leadership, education and research and development via a newly established Kirkpatrick Prize for Animal Welfare, biennial reports, expansion of grant making and conferences every three years.

“I’d like to see Oklahoma be an even more responsible community where animals are inherently valued and where cruelty, neglect and suffering are minimized,” Keese said in a news release.

To submit a pet story and photo, email your story and photo to or mail it to Heather Warlick, The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. Photos cannot be returned.

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