Archive for the ‘Animal Welfare’ Category

Healthy & safe! TX Tech Univ. campus cats  2016-2017 STAFF ADVISOR TX Tech Feral Cat student organization  Sr. Editor – Curriculum Development  TTUISD   Drane Hall, Room 135   P.O. Box 42191    Lubbock, TX  79409-2191; 806.834.3716;

Organization monitors campus cat population By Jennifer Romero, Staff Writer Daily Toreador – Dept. of Student Media, Texas Tech University

Texas Tech has been the home to a population of feral cats for years, and a number of cats remain on campus this year.

Lydia Kong, a junior psychology major from Fort Worth and president of the Tech Feral Cat Coalition, said the organization aims to maintain the welfare of the cats on campus.

“We TNR, or trap-neuter-release, cats that are found on campus,” she said. “Many of the cats have been abandoned, and we try to re-home kittens or friendly cats that we find.”

This year, the organization is focusing on compiling more thorough database of the cats on campus, Kong said.

Students can report cats they see, she said.

The database will include a profile for each cat sighted, according to TechAnnounce, and a picture and other details about the cat are documented.

“We wanted to have a better database because we want to TNR the cats we do find,” Kong said. “It’s important for us to find the cats and neuter them before spring so we don’t have a massive cat population.”

The club is also planning to build winter shelters for the cats, she said, and the goal is to eliminate cats burrowing under buildings and causing problems on campus.

“Cats actually help maintain the public sanitary needs of the campus,” Kong said. “They keep the rodent populations low, and that limits the diseases those animals carry.”

More than 15 cats have been documented so far this semester in the database, she said.

Various students have contacted her to report cat sightings, she said.

The Feral Cat Coalition aims to address any type of cat problems, Kong said.

Students can contact the coalition with any issue or questions they have, she said.

“As long as Texas Tech exists and students come and people love animals, the cat population won’t be removed,” she said. “We just want to maintain the welfare of the cats we do have.”

EMANCIPET: spay-neuter-vaccinate

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Click weekly &/or daily to support your favorite causes

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Voice your opinion at about animals & the Nat. Institutes of Health-funded research

Voice your opinion at about animal research funded by the Nat. Institutes of Health:

Seeking cats for barn in Lubbock (NW), TX-area

Contact &/or Daniel Stanton at if you have cat(s) to re-home to a barn.

Tips from successful barn cats:  “Keep us well-fed, watered & enclosed within the barn / new site for at least 4 weeks — so we’ll be safe from predators, get thoroughly acquainted with our new territory & understand that we’re welcomed here & expected to stay furever.”

Happily-ever-after, medically fragile cats

Happily-ever-after, medically fragile cats:

Lubbock-area cat, feral cat, dog & animal-welfare advocates; EHoward@PostISD.Net;;;; 806-781-8536;;;;;;;;; Kermit3824@ATT.Net;;;;;;; DrMag2129@SBCGlobal.Net;;;; AnnsHouse@SuddenLink.Net;;;;;;;;;;;;  JStephens@MyLubbock.US; PurrBuddies@ATT.Net;;; GTorres@Ci.Lubbock.TX.US;


& Beverley Nichols at 806-792-1983; also, Kym Ruiz at 806-786-7358;  Jen Timmer:   517-775-5906; 301 Peterson St., #310; Ft. Collins, CO  80524;   Joey McCutcheon’s rescuers:  Nancy McCutcheon & her sister Jo:;

LAS:  806-775-2716; 806-775-2700; 806-799-7387; 806-775-2212; 806-775-2712; 806-775-2002; 806-549-4963

Transitions: life to life

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named “Belker.” The dog’s family Ron, his wife Lisa & their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, & they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker & found he was dying of cancer.

I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker & offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron & Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure as they felt that Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him.

Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion.

We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.  Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him.

What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try to live.

He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time & being nice, right?”

The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
• When loved ones come home, always run to greet them;
• Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride;
• Allow the experience of fresh air & the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy;
• Take naps;
• Stretch before rising;
• Run, romp & play daily;
• Thrive on attention & let people touch you;
• Avoid biting when a simple growl will do;
• On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass;
• On hot days, drink lots of water & lie under a shady tree;
• When you’re happy, dance around & wag your entire body;
• Delight in the simple joy of a long walk;
• Be loyal;
• Never pretend to be something you’re not;
• If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it;
• When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by & nuzzle them gently.
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama & people who create it.   You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad & focus on the good, so, love the people who treat you right.

Think good thoughts for the ones who don’t ~ life is too short to be anything but happy.

Falling down is part of LIFE… Getting back up is LIVING… DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD.

Free / pre-paid spay-neuter, rabies-shot & ear-tip vouchers for Lubbock-area cats & kittens

Get cats & kittens fixed, rabies shot & ear tipped via Humane Society of West Texas pre-paid vouchers at 4 participating veterinarians:

1.  Acres North Veterinary Hospital on the SW corner of 13th & Slide; 806-793-2863

2.  Kingsgate Veterinary Clinic on the SE corner of 84th & Quaker; 806-794-1991

3.  Dr. Robert Taylor 2736 82nd St. (west of University on the north side of 82nd); 806-368-7258; has a trap to loan

4.  Southwest-Lubbock veterinary clinic (a relatively new spin-off from Acres North:  you can get their location & phone # from Acres North Vet Clinic)

Fredericksburg, TX’ dog-park plans

Fredericksburg, TX’ dog-park plans: or contact Jody Donovan, President of the FDPA at 830-997-4763.

Dog Park will be located at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park (S. Hwy. 16:  SW of FBG).

Once constructed, this fenced, off-leash dog park will become a park under the City of Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation Department and will be available for all well-behaved canines and their responsible owners. The dog park will be ADA accessible with separate areas for large dogs and small dogs (25 lbs. or fewer), and it will provide shade, water, and seating with plenty of room for dogs to run, socialize & play.

Texas Tech University: Operating Policy for Animals on Campus

OperatingPolicyand Procedure



OP ______:    Animals on Campus

DATE:           March 1, 2014

PURPOSE:Thepurposeofthis OperatingPolicy/Procedure(OP)is to recognize that owners of Domestic Animals may desire to bring those animals to the campus; users of Service Animals or Service Animals in Training may find it necessary to bring those animals on campus; and Feral or Wild Animals may select the campus landscape as their habitat. In consideration of the personal safety and well-being of the Texas Tech University community, and in accordance with applicable state and federal laws, this Policy establishes requirements for accessibility, behavior, and treatment of animals on campus.


REVIEW:     ThisOPwillbereviewedin March of eachyearbythe associate vice president of research integrity (AVPRI), the assistant vice president for Operations, the managing director for University Housing and the Texas Tech Chief of Police. Substantive revisions will be forwarded to the vicepresidentforadministrationandfinanceandchieffinancialofficer.



1.      General Purpose


Domestic and wild animals are not permitted in University buildings, except for police dogs, search and rescue dogs, service animals in training, service animals used by individuals with disabilities, animals for which permission has been granted by OP 61.38, and animals used in research or demonstration as part of a University program. Owners of service animals must obtain permission from the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities prior to entering University buildings.


  1. Definitions


  1. Domestic Animal. Those species of animals that normally and customarily share human habitat and are normally dependent on humans for food and shelter, including dogs, cats, and other common domestic animals, but not including feral or wild animals as defined below. Service Animals and Service Animals in Training are not considered Domestic Animals for the purpose of this Policy.



  1. Feral Animal. A once-domesticated animal that has reverted to an untamed state.


  1. Service Animal. An animal that is trained to perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The tasks may include, but are not limited to, guiding a person who is visually impaired or blind, alerting a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, pulling a wheelchair, assisting with mobility or balance, alerting or protecting a person who is having a seizure, retrieving objects, or performing other special tasks. A service animal is not a pet.


The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) provides that businesses and other entities that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their Service Animals into all areas of the facility where customers or other members of the public are normally allowed to go. (For additional information, please refer to OP 34.22)


  1. Service Animals in Training. An animal in training to become a Service Animal is an animal accompanied by a person who is training the Service Animal and the animal is wearing a collar and leash, harness, or cape that identifies the animal as a Service Animal in Training.


  1. Emotional Support Animal (or “Comfort Animal”). An animal selected or prescribed to an individual with a disability by a healthcare or mental health professional to play a significant part in a person’s treatment, e.g., in alleviating the symptoms of that individual’s disability. An emotional support animal does not assist a person with a disability with activities of daily living, and does not accompany a person with a disability at all times. An emotional support animal is not a “Service Animal”.
  2. Stray Animals. Any domesticated animal on campus that is not under physical restraint, i.e., leashed or caged, whether accompanied by a person or not.


  1. Wild Animal. A non-domesticated animal living in its natural habitat.


  1. Building. University controlled, leased, or owned structure.


  1. Handler. Individual who brings an animal or service animal into a University building or onto University property. The handler may also be the animal’s owner.


  1. Real property. University controlled, leased, or owned land.


  1. Restrained. Physical confinement, or under competent voice control when an animal is engaged in a recognized animal activity or form of training requiring that it not be physically confined.


  1. Domestic Animals


  1. Responsibilities


    Any faculty, staff, student or community member who wishes to bring an animal other than an animal covered by OP 61.38 (police dogs, service animals, etc.) onto campus is subject to the following responsibilities and restrictions:


    Animals in Texas Tech Buildings, please refer to OP 61.38.


    Evidence must be available upon request that, in the case of an adult dog, the dog has received obedience training.


Dogs must be kept on a leash in all areas of the University except during approved events for which it is necessary that the animal not be restrained by a leash, training classes, or when the dog is contained in a crate or cage.


A valid rabies tag must be worn at all times by any dog on university property.


Fecal matter deposited by animals on University property must be removed immediately by the owner of the animal depositing such. Any damage, staining, discoloration, odor, or other result of the animal’s waste deposit will be repaired or resolved to bring affected area back to University standards. The owner of the animal is responsible for all costs necessary to effect repairs.


All animals brought onto University grounds must be licensed and fully inoculated in accordance with Lubbock County regulations, if such licensing is required by Lubbock County, with the burden of proving licensure and inoculation status on the owner/handler.


Animals are not permitted in flower gardens/beds or fountains.


Pets, with the exception of fish (up to 5 gallon tank) are not allowed to visit or be kept in residence hall rooms.


  1. Restrictions


    Individuals are not allowed to bring wild animals or animals that are not domesticated onto university property is prohibited (OP 61.38), unless otherwise covered with OP 61.38.


    Abandon domestic animals or relocating wild animals onto University property.


    Remove or tamper with any animal trap or other monitoring device set by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety or other authorized agency is prohibited.


    Remove dead animals from campus without approval from the Department of Environmental Health & Safety and/or Texas Tech Police Department.


  2. Regulations


    If any aspect or circumstance of the condition, health, or behavior of any animal on campus is deemed by the University to be a threat to the health or safety of any member of the campus community or to any other animal, then that animal may be removed from campus in any manner deemed necessary by University officials. Such action may be taken even if the animal posing a threat would otherwise be permitted on campus under this Policy. Animals on campus whose condition, health, or behavior appears to present a threat to the health or safety of any member of the campus community or to any other animal should be reported to the Texas Tech Police Department.


    Disruption of the University education process, administrative process, or other University function by any animal will require that the animal be removed from University property immediately by the owner or handler.


    The owner of any animal found in any university facility where animals are not allowed will be required to remove the animal immediately. Failure to comply with this request will result in the animal being impounded. Any animal causing a nuisance will be subject to impoundment and the owner may be cited under city of Lubbock ordinances. Owners of impounded animals will be held responsible for payment of any impound and/or license fees required to secure the release of their animal(s).


Owners of animals on university property shall be liable for the expense of all damages caused by the animal(s).


No animal shall be maintained overnight in any University building which is not designated as approved housing (e.g. vivaria) for the animal. Research animal housing can be approved through the Institute for Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). (Please refer to OP 74.11 for additional information)


Unattended animals found secured or restrained outside a University building will be removed by University Police or by the City of Lubbock Animal Control. The presence of any animal in any motor vehicle without proper food, water, ventilation, or subjected to extreme temperatures that could affect its health or safety, will be reported to the City of Lubbock Animal Control


Sighting of injured or potentially dangerous wild animals (e.g. Opossums, skunks, coyotes) on University property should be reported to the Texas Tech Police Department and/or the Environmental Health and Safety Department. Wild animals threatening other animals or humans should be reported to the Texas Tech Police Department immediately.


For removal of carcasses found on University property, during regular business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday) contact the Environmental Health and Safety Department (742-3876), and during evening and weekend hours contact the Emergency Maintenance Office (742-3328).


Horses shall not be ridden on any campus property that is developed or landscaped, unless prior approval has been granted by the appropriate office (i.e. the mascot).


Stray animals should be reported immediately to the Texas Tech Police Department. Stray animals on campus grounds or in buildings will be turned over to the City of Lubbock Animal Control.


  1. Service and Search & Rescue


If an individual’s need for a Service Animal and the qualifications of the animal are not obvious, the individual may be asked: (a) whether the animal is required because of a disability; and (b) what work or task(s) the animal has been individually trained to perform.


Individuals with disabilities shall be permitted to be accompanied by their Service Animals in all areas of the University’s grounds and facilities where members of the public, participants in services, programs or activities, or invitees are allowed to go. (Please refer to OP 34.22)


A Service Animal shall be under the control of its handler. A service animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control (e.g., voice control, signals, or other effective means).


If a Service Animal is properly excluded under the foregoing provision, the individual with a disability shall be given the opportunity to participate in the service, program, or activity without having the Service Animal on the premises.


The University is not responsible for the care or supervision of a Service Animal. Accordingly, if a person with a disability remains on the premises after his or her Service Animal is properly excluded, it is that person’s responsibility to make arrangements for the animal’s care and supervision.


Search and Rescue animals may accompany its handler onto campus grounds and, if necessary, into campus facilities to assist in search and rescue operations.


  1. Feral and Wild Animals

Feral or wild animals that are not a risk and do not represent a hazard, cause property damage, or create a public nuisance, and that do not require human intervention, may inhabit the campus grounds.


Feral or wild animals that are a potential risk, represent a hazard, cause property damage, create a nuisance, or otherwise pose a potential threat to the health or safety of humans will be regulated, controlled, and/or humanely relocated in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.


Feral or wild animals may not be brought into campus buildings.


No person may do anything to attract animals to campus nor may any person feed or set out food or water for animals on campus, or engage in any similar human interventions. The SGA sponsored, Lubbock registered feral cat colony is regulated under OP       .


If an animal is exhibiting dangerous or destructive behavior or posing an immediate threat, please notify the Texas Tech Police Department immediately. The Texas Tech Police Department will monitor the animal until Texas Wildlife Control or other appropriate parties are contacted and arrive on the scene. If the animal is deemed a threat and immediate intervention is required, the Texas Tech Police Department may elect to remove the threat.


Texas Tech University Feral Cat Colony 2014 Operating Policy & Procedure

Operating Policy and Procedure

OP ______:    Texas Tech University Feral Cat Colony

DATE:           March 1, 2014

PURPOSE:  The purpose o fthis Operating Policy/Procedure (OP) is to establish the guidelines for the successful control and management of the Texas Tech University feral cat colony.


REVIEW:     This OP will be reviewed in March of each year by the associate vice president of research integrity (AVPRI), the Texas Tech Chief of Police and the assistant vice president of Operations Division, with substantive revisions forwarded to vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer.



  1. General Purpose


The intent of this policy is to outline and establish guidelines for the successful control and management of the campus feral cat colony. In addition, a committee of campus delegates will oversee the management of the colony.


Feral cat colonies are a natural part of any inner city habitat. This OP is set out to manage, control and sustain a healthy, non-threatening co-habitation of the feral cat population and the campus community.


  1. Committee Appointment and Composition


    The Feral Cat Management Committee (FCMC) will be composed of five members. The assistant vice president for operations division will chair the committee. The assistant vice president for operations will appoint one other delegate, either from the Texas Tech University community, Lubbock community, Texas Tech University Student body or Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The current president of the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition (TTUFC) will sit on the committee with up to two co-sponsors of record for the sanctioned Student Government Association (SGA) organization.



  2. Committee Operations


  1. The assistant vice president for operations will set a meeting each semester (fall, spring and summer) to review the current status, needs and requirements of the Texas Tech University campus, campus community and the feral cat population.


  1. All communications to any individuals or groups including the Texas Tech Feral Cat Coalition, the Lubbock community or any other entity will be through the SGA President of the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition.


  2. If permissible or available, the Texas Tech University feral cat population must be a registered feral cat colony with the City of Lubbock. A copy of record must be filed with the assistant vice president for operations.


  3. The Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition must be a registered Student Government Association.


  4. Feeding Stations:


  • All feeding stations, the station itself and the locations, must be approved by the FCMC and will be the responsibility of the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition. (Attachment A)
  • All stations must have a sign (provided at no charge by the Texas Tech University Operations Division) securely attached to the station designating it as an approved Texas Tech University feral cat feeding station.
  • All stations must be kept clean, presentable, covered with access for the cats and must be changed out when broken, or showing signs of normal wear and tear.
  • Procedures for feeding stations set up within prohibited areas:
    • The Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition President and co-sponsors of record will be notified. There will be a 24 hour time period to correct the violation.
    • If after 24 hours the violation is not corrected, the Operations Division will pick up and dispose of the feeding station.
    • Repeat offenses will be dealt with to the extent allowable by the Texas State Law and the Texas Tech University System.
  • Any form of food distributed on the ground, placed within ground cover or any other areas not allowed by this policy will be confiscated and disposed of accordingly.
  • Feeding stations are only allowed in the FCMC approved locations.
  • Feeding stations will not be allowed within 600 feet of the following locations:
    • Residence and/or dining hall(s)
    • Human Sciences Cottage
    • Child Development and Research Center
    • Animal Science
    • The Burkhart Center
    • Student Union Building
    • Or any location with access to children, USDA regulations, d___ facilities, student housing or any area deemed not acceptable due to review or accreditation status.


  1. Winter Shelters:
  • Winter shelters may only be provided during the winter months and within FCMC approved locations. (Attachment B)
  • Shelters must be kept clean, presentable, covered with access for the cats and must be changed out when broken, or showing signs of normal wear and tear.
  • Procedures for winter shelters set up within prohibited areas:
    • The Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition President and co-sponsors of record will be notified. There will be a 24 hour time period to correct the violation.
    • If after 24 hours the violation is not corrected, the Operations Division will pick up and dispose of the shelter.
    • Repeat offenses will be dealt with to the extent allowable by the Texas State Law and the Texas Tech University System.
  • All shelters must have a sign (provided at no charge by the Texas Tech University Operations Division) securely attached to the station designating it is an approved Texas Tech University feral cat feeding station.
  • Any other form of shelter materials distributed on the ground, placed within ground cover or any other areas not allowed by this policy will be confiscated and disposed of accordingly.


  1. Feeding stations or winter shelters provided by students, staff or faculty not approved or coordinated through FCMC are prohibited. It will be the responsibility of the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition to work with these individuals to abide by the policies stated within this OP. If any individual does not adhere to or abide by the policies and procedures herein, Texas Tech University may act to enforce these policies to the extent allowed by Texas State Law and the Texas Tech University System Operating Policies.


  2. For the safety of the cats and the Texas Tech University community, cats are not allowed within, under or on top of the Texas Tech University building(s). If a cat(s) is identified within a prohibited area, it is the responsibility of the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition President to coordinate with the Operations Division to trap and remove any identified cat(s). This includes mechanical rooms, the tunnel system, crawl spaces, cellars, basements or attics. If, after being contacted by the Operations Division, the President of the TTUFCC is not able to or is unwilling to trap and relocate these cats within 24 hours, the Operations Division has the right to safely, humanely, and professionally trap and relocate the identified animals.


  3. It is the goal of the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition and Texas Tech University to trap, spray or neuter, and vaccinate all feral cats on campus. Any cat showing signs of nursing or taking care of a litter may be excluded from this requirement.


  4. It is the responsibility of the Texas Tech Feral Cat Coalition to maintain accurate information on the feral cat population to include but not limited to: total number of animals, locations and territories, and the number and identity of spayed, neutered and vaccinated cats. This information must be provided to the assistant vice president for operations division in September, December and May of each year. In support of this requirement, the Operations Division will purchase, maintain and check out to the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition President, two wildlife cameras. These cameras will be used for the sole purpose of monitoring the feral cat population and their activities.


  5. The approved number of cats allowed on campus is _______. This number is an estimate of the population, must be the registered number on record with the City and must be submitted to the assistant vice president for operations in September, December, and May of each year.


  6. It is the responsibility of the TTUFCC to trap, spray/neuter, tip ears, and vaccinate 5 cats per semester (fall, spring and summer) and place those animals up for adoption or return to an approved habitat on campus. This information (picture/vet record) must be filed with the assistant vice president of operations in September, December and May of each year.


  7. TTUFCC will be responsible for trapping and placing for adoption, once weaned, all litters of kittens located on campus. If the TTUFCC fails to respond or is unable to respond to this charge within 48 hours, the Operations Division will have the right to trap and relocate or place for adoption.


  8. In the event of an aggressive, diseased or injured animal, the Operations Division and/or the Texas Tech Police Department has the responsibility to the feral cat and campus population to use any and all means necessary in controlling a situation.


Kendalia, TX, Wildlife Rescue & Mary O’Hara: & 830-336-2725, x. 315.

from Fredericksburg, TX:  Go east on US 290 to Johnson City; south on US 281 to Blanco & then 16 mi. to Kendalia

from Boerne, go west on Hwy. 46 for approx. 10 mi.; right onto Road 3351 for approx. 10 mi.

Univ. of North Texas / Denton & feral cats:

Welcome to Our Web Site!

Cat asks for money.Texas State Employee Charitable Campaign

Funds  help us  provide food, shelter, health care and spay/neuter services for the stray and feral cats on the UNT campus. The SECC charity code for our group is  295071. Learn more about the SECC campaign in the Denton Campaign Area brochure.

What To Do When You Find A Cat

If this is your first visit to our site, chances are that you’ve found or need help with a stray or feral cat. Our group does not have a shelter and currently we have no fosters available to take found strays or feral cats. The UNT Feral Cat Rescue Group serves mainly as an information, education and referral source.

Read more…

Special Thanks

To PackNStack Mini-Storage for providing storage space to our group. Be sure to check out their great low prices on boxes and packing.

PacNStack Mini-Storage is located at 525 Ft. Worth Dr. Suite 103 in Denton. Call them at (940) 566-8065 or toll-free at (866) 291-0888.

Why Spay & Neuter?

  • Help your pets live longer, healthier lives
  • Altered pets are more affectionate and less likely to roam or get lost
  • No more yowling, howling or complicated pregnancies
  • Altered pets usually cost less for city registrations
  • Reduce pet overpopulation by preventing unwanted animals

Perpetual Pet Care @$25K per pet: & 785-532-4378 &

Perpetual Pet Care Program @$25K per pet:  Eric Holderness: & 785-532-7593 & 620-338-6791.  1800 Kimball Ave., Ste. 200; Manhattan, KS  66502-3373; 785-532-6266. & 785-532-4378 &  K-State College of Veterinary Medicine     103 Trotter Hall     Manhattan, KS 66506     785-532-4378     Download the Perpetual Pet Care Program booklet

Established in 1996, the Perpetual Pet Care Program is a comprehensive program designed to provide animals with loving homes once an owner is no longer able to provide daily care.

Enrollment benefits include:

  • Performing an extensive search to locate a loving home;
  • Providing for your pet’s lifelong medical needs;
  • Monitoring of the adoptive home; and
  • Designating your charitable interest.

For more than a century, the College of Veterinary Medicine has provided care for animals. This expansive network will support every aspect of your pet’s adoption and life.

Enrolling your pet

AlfDeciding how best to care for your pet can be difficult, but enrolling your pet in the Perpetual Pet Care Program ­is easy. KSU Foundation staff members who work with the College of Veterinary Medicine will guide you through the process. This includes obtaining detailed information about your pet’s home life & coveted daily routines.

Your financial gift will first provide for your pet’s lifelong medical needs. After your pet passes away, the remaining funds will support an area of the college most meaningful to you.

MissyThere are numerous funding options:

  • cash, bequests, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder unitrust, gifts of securities, life insurance & real estate.     Please contact the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Development Office for details.     Tax deductibility will be determined in accordance with IRS, state & federal regulations.

Profiles     Read a few profiles of families just like yours who have enrolled their pets in the Perpetual Pet Care Program.

Brad and Jeanita McNulty
McNultys and their basset hounds
Brad and Jeanita McNulty, Blue Grass, Iowa, with their basset hounds: Belle (in front) & (left to right) Harley, Effie, Watson and Sophie.

Brad McNulty surfed the Internet on a quest. As a certified public accountant, Brad had estate-planning experience and he knew his personal situation was unusual. He had only a vague idea of what to look for when he found a Website that looked promising. He scrolled down the page & saw an intriguing link to the Perpetual Pet Care Program (PPCP) at the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine.

A recent job transfer had taken Brad & his wife, Jeanita, away from relatives in their home state of South Dakota. Living in Blue Grass, Iowa, they became concerned that if anything ever happened to them, no one would be there to take care of their “family” — six basset hounds named Kelsey, Festus, Sadie, Harley, Watson & Sophie. (Since pets are usually considered to be property, the PPCP helped solve problems of planning for their dogs’ care, while it would also fund scholarships & research in the College of Veterinary Medicine.) Because Brad & Jeanita didn’t have any connection to K-State, they wanted to learn more about the program in person.

“We had a trip planned to Kansas City anyway,” said Jeanita, who is a part-time librarian. “We decided at that time we would drive to Manhattan to see what we thought of the facilities & the people.”

The McNultys, pet owners for more than 20 years, had visited other veterinary college facilities at both Colorado State & Iowa State universities. They had very strong ideas about choosing the right place for their basset hounds.

“We wanted to get a feeling for how the facility would take care of our animals,” Brad said. “The people at KSU all seem to have that same level of caring & concern for the program that we do for our bassets. We found what we believed to be a perfect match.”

“We were very impressed,” Jeanita said.

Brad & Jeanita’s first dogs were a collie mix named “Cody” & a cockapoo named “Blackie.”  Later Jeanita decided she wanted to have a basset hound, so they picked out a puppy, whom they named “Lady Baxter III” or “Baxter” for short.

“Don’t ask why I wanted a basset hound,” Jeanita said. “It’s kind of a mystery, even to me.”

Over the years they acquired other basset hounds & even rescued one they found abandoned at the side of a highway. The dog was in poor shape & had been left to die. Naming him “Festus,” after the Gunsmoke character, they took him home & helped nurse him back to health.  Despite their efforts, something still wasn’t quite right. It turned out that Festus was blind. Although Festus requires extra attention, he fits right in with their other basset hounds.

The McNultys made sure their Iowa home would properly accommodate their dogs. They built the house with a heated garage/kennel & a doggy door that leads to a spacious 10,000-square-foot fenced backyard.

“They like to chase each other & keep each other company,” Brad said.

“When Brad leaves in the morning, Watson will get the others howling, like a chorus,” Jeanita said.  “They do their little song until I come out. They must think they’re home alone because when I let them know I’m there, they quiet down.”

Soon after their visit to Manhattan, the McNultys decided to make a commitment of $500,000 to enroll their basset hounds in the PPCP.

“The McNultys were clearly focused on finding the best available health care for their pets,” said Dr. Roger Fingland, director of the teaching hospital. “They were interested in developing a relationship with a veterinary hospital that was capable of providing exceptional care for their pets, regardless of the condition. We were pleased that they decided to associate with the Veterinary Health Center after evaluating several programs. We look forward to working with them to provide the level of medical care they desire. The McNultys are special people and we are fortunate to have them as friends of the teaching hospital.”

“Ever since we’ve had our dogs, we’ve always taken excellent care of them — the best we could,” Brad said. “The cost of treatment or anything of that nature has never been an issue, so we were looking for some place that could continue that level of care.”

Because Brad & Jeanita’s first basset hound, Baxter, died from cancer a year ago, they made sure that K-State was equipped to deal with that disease.

“They have MRI technology, which is very impressive,” Jeanita said. “They seem to have everything to provide the best care possible.”

“If one of our other dogs gets sick, we will do everything possible to get our dog to Kansas State,” Brad said.

Norma Jean and Lou Ball

Norma Jean and Lou Ball with their catsLou & Norma Jane Ball were in their 70s when they bought purebred Himalayan litter mates —Tiffany & Coco — in 1992. The “kids,” as the Balls refer to them, are the couple’s only family members.

“Norma Jane & I got into a conversation that we were at the age that we did not know if we could take care of the kids,” Lou says. “We needed to give them a good opportunity to have a good life. In the conversation, we came to the conclusion that we could get the care we were looking for by working with the veterinary college.”

They came to this natural conclusion after two decades of positive experiences with the Veterinary Health Center. Before Tiffany & Coco, the couple had a Persian, Danny Boy.

“Our association with the clinic has been continuous from the day we got Danny Boy to today,”Lou said. “By using the teaching hospital, we have received the best in treatment and knowledge.”

The couple approached Dr. Jake Mosier, then hospital director, about their idea. The Balls looked to the hospital to find a home for Tiffany & Coco when they needed one.

“We sat down & outlined what we wanted to have provided, and Dr. Mosier outlined what he thought they could provide,” Lou said.

The cats’ future home needed to meet certain stringent requirements, & for their efforts, the Balls would provide financial assistance to the College of Veterinary Medicine through a trust. The agreement required that Tiffany & Coco would continue to receive excellent care, just as it was at home. They signed the agreement in February 1996. That agreement evolved into the Perpetual Pet Care Program. Today, there are 20+ families with 76 animals enrolled in the program with a giving commitment of $4.3 million.

“I’m glad that people are thinking about how to provide for their pets,” Lou said.

Through a bequest, the pets’ medical care is covered for life. The remaining balance can be designated to support initiatives such as hospital renovations, programs & services. February 2006 marked the 10th anniversary of signing the Balls’ agreement & the creation of the program. Both Coco & Tiffany passed away in the last few years, but as original members of the Perpetual Pet Care Program, they helped pave the way to ensure other pets will be cared for when the owners can no longer provide daily care.

Gene Dickinson

Gene DickinsonLike many pet owners & lovers, Gene Dickinson was concerned for years about the fate of his dog if he became unable to provide proper care. But his concerns disappeared when he discovered K-State’s Perpetual Pet Care Program.

Gene & his four-year-old Siberian husky, Tiger, have been constant companions since Gene’s wife passed away last year. His closest living relatives are cousins, but he was not sure they would be receptive to adopting his pet.

“I worried about what would happen to Tiger once I’m gone,” said Gene, who prospered in the film producing & communications fields before retiring in El Dorado, Kansas in 1998. “I wanted to make sure that he’s not going to end up on the streets or, worse yet, be put to sleep.  I want him to be adopted into a good home so he will be well cared for & happy.”

Gene, who is a 1956 K-State graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences, recently committed $25,000 to the Perpetual Pet Care Program within the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine to provide Tiger a secure future. The program makes certain that each companion animal who is enrolled in the program will receive proper housing, health services & companionship after the owner is no longer able to provide care. In accordance with the owner’s wishes, the pet then will be adopted to a loving, suitable home.

Gene decided to contact the College of Veterinary Medicine after speaking with his local veterinarians, Dr. Glenn Hoskinson (DVM ’57) & Dr. Michael Cocke (DVM ’80) of Augusta Animal Clinic in Augusta, Kansas. They referred the pet owner to K-State for a solution to his problem.

“The close relationship between Gene & Tiger is very evident,” Dr. Hoskinson said. “It’s obvious that he loves his dog & cares well for him.”

Tiger, who spends most days fulfilling his security duties & lounging around the house, is described by his owner as very intelligent, loyal & protective. He is a vocal pet who “speaks” to his owner. The type & tone of the dog’s verbal expressions change significantly depending upon the circumstances.

Gene has gained peace of mind by knowing that his love will continue to be felt even if something should happen to him.


Robin and Becky Roeckers

Becky and Robin Roeckers with their miniature horsesRobin & Becky Roeckers, Berryton, KS, have enrolled their two miniature horses, two cats & five dogs in the Perpetual Pet Care Program.

The Roeckers have always been concerned about the safety of animals. They are members of an Irish Setter Rescue program called “Save Our Setters” that helps rescue & place abandoned setters in foster homes across the country.

“We see so many abandoned dogs through our rescue program, & we didn’t want to see that happen to our animals,” said Robin, a procurement officer for the City of Topeka. “Because we don’t have any children & our relatives are unable to take our pets, we wanted to be sure our pets have a secure, healthy, loving environment if we were gone,” Becky added.

The Roeckers searched the country for a program that would provide for the long term needs of their pets, but the ideal program was closer then they thought. During a visit to the Veterinary Health Center with their two miniature horses for a routine check up, the Roeckers saw a brochure for the Perpetual Pet Care Program in the waiting room. The standard of care their animals have continually received at the VHC helped support their decision to get involved with the program.

“We had been looking for a way to provide for them, should something happen to us, but I could not find anything,” Becky said. “When we found the Perpetual Pet Care Program, we knew that it was the type of program we wanted.”

“We like the program because we know our animals will receive the best care, & this program has a strong foundation,” Robin said.

Once their pets no longer need the funds, the Roeckers’ endowment will go to the area of greatest need in the teaching hospital & establish a scholarship fund for a veterinary student. “We want to help a student who shares the same views about helping animals. That is why we set up the scholarship,” said Becky, a biologist in the Waste Water Division Laboratory of Topeka and 1985 K-State graduate.

“It’s gratifying to know that people such as the Roeckers appreciate what we try to teach our students every day – to provide compassionate & high-quality veterinary care to every animal we treat,” said Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “Their gift to the VHC will be a constant reminder that we have a daily opportunity to provide veterinary services to clients who really care.”

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Also, Lisa Tirotta, Planned Giving Coordinator, Best Friends Animal Society, (435) 644-2001 Ext. 4466;; &