2013 Milestones

  • On March 29, 2013, the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Oklahoma Zoological society broke ground on the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital. Currently work is still in progress at the zoo for the opening of the facility to the public in late 2014. Please check the Kirkpatrick Foundation’s Facebook account as well as the Safe & Humane homepage for updates on this exciting latest endeavor in Oklahoma.


  • Several Oklahoma animal groups and private citizens respond to help animals displaced and injured by the May tornados in central Oklahoma. Among the organizations that contacted the Kirkpatrick Foundation about this effort were: the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Wildcare, Second Change Animal Shelter, Oklahoma City Animal Welfare division, the Animal Resource Center, and the Oklahoma Pork Council. Also of note, American Humane Association Red Star Animal Emergency Services semi-truck was deployed to Oklahoma and provided rescue services for thirty days—at that time, the longest deployment by Red Star since Hurricane Katrina. They were able to rescue and/or shelter more than 200 animals, reuniting nearly 100 with families and place others through an Adopt-a-Thon held with the City of Moore. They subsequently hosted a Red Star training course to provide attendees with basic knowledge of disaster response and to build a responder base within the community. A month after the tornados, the Kirkpatrick Foundation hosts a Pet Memorial at Orr Family Farms to remember and honor those animals that passed away during the disaster.


  • In response to the tragic Moore tornado, Minnesota-based Basic Animal Rescue Training and the Oklahoma City Kennel Club, offered training to first responders in Oklahoma. “First Responder Small Animal Preparedness and Safety Response Course”, was made possible with funds from Mercury One Charity and the Kirkpatrick Foundation.
  • The Dogs of Lexington documentary about inmates training rescue dogs in an Oklahoma prison facility airs on OETA in July. The documentary shows the power of compassion, love, and acceptance between animals and humans. The film received a nomination from the Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards in 2014.       


  • The Kirkpatrick Foundation joins Animal Grantmakers. Animal Grantmakers is a voluntary association of more than thirty foundations and organizations that provide grants to benefit animals. The annual Conference of Southwest Foundations (now Philanthropy Southwest) conference accepts two sessions on animals.