Animal Advocacy

Disaster Relief for Animals Awards $30,500

More Than $30,000 Disaster Relief for Animals Awarded to Mitigate the Financial Impact of Covid-19

 (OKLAHOMA CITY) –The Oklahoma City Community Foundation, in partnership with the Kirkpatrick Foundation, is awarding $30,500 in Oklahoma Disaster Relief for Animal Support (OK-DFAS) grants to nine Oklahoma charitable organizations continuing to make an impact for animals throughout the Covid-19 emergency.

Established in late March in response to the Covid-19 disaster, OK-DFAS was designed to mitigate the financial impact of disaster on charitable nonprofits providing care for animals. To encourage donors to support OK-DFAS, the Kirkpatrick Foundation offered a dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity for donations to the fund up to $100,000 total.

“Every state should be so lucky to have this type of trusted philanthropic tool to help animals affected by disaster,” said Louisa McCune, Kirkpatrick Foundation executive director. “The additional support provided through the Kirkpatrick Foundation’s dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity offers donors a high return on their philanthropic investment, a rare thing in this economic climate. The cats, dogs, horses, wildlife and farm animals of Oklahoma are all better for the fund’s creation.”

The following organizations are receiving Oklahoma Disaster Relief for Animal Support Fund grants:

Animal Aid of Tulsa | $3,500 to provide emergency medical care for animals that would normally be supported by the organization’s thrift store and adoption events.

Forever Yours Dog Rescue | $4,000 to support the foster-based rescue program normally funded by local adoption events.

Friends of the Shelter Foundation | $3,000 to purchase dog food, veterinary care and flee, tick and heartworm prevention medication for dogs.

Nexus Equine | $2,000 to increase the organization’s ability to accept, care for and adopt out horses that owners can no longer afford.

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals | $6,000 to support pet food deliveries as well as boarding and veterinary expenses for shelter dogs.

Oklahoma Humane Society | $2,000 to purchase food and medicine for shelter animals.

Pets & People Humane Society | $6,000 to offset lost thrift store income due to closure and increased staffing costs due to lack of volunteers.

Thoroughbred Athletes | $1,500 to provide veterinarian services, rehabilitation and feed for horses.

WildCare Foundation | $2,500 to purchase critical nutritional and medical supplies for continued care of their animals.

 About the Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit

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Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission

Oklahoma-Breeding Development Program

What is the Oklahoma Breeding and Development Fund Special Account?

The OBDFSA is an incentive fund which increases income for Oklahoma horse racing and breeding enterprises. Purse supplements, stallion and broodmare awards are paid to owners and breeders of qualifying accredited Oklahoma-Bred horses through a system of restricted and open company races at Oklahoma racetracks. The OBDFSA is funded by unclaimed tickets, breakage and a percentage of the exotic handle. Payouts are based on the handle at each track and vary slightly according to the track and the racing breed. The Program was established by the Legislature in 1983 and, as is required by law, administered by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission.

What is an accredited Oklahoma-Bred horse?

An accredited Oklahoma-Bred horse is one that is foaled in Oklahoma, is out of a permanently domiciled, accredited Oklahoma-Bred broodmare and is sired by an accredited Oklahoma-Bred stallion. Additionally, in alternating years, foals by non-accredited stallions may be registered as accredited Oklahoma-Bred, providing all other requirements are met (refer to Chapter 75, Oklahoma-Bred Rules). More than 100,000 horses have been registered as accredited Oklahoma-Bred racing stock, broodmares, and stallions through December 31, 2017. Please refer to Chapter 75, Oklahoma-Bred Program, in the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Rules of Racing or contact the OHRC home office at (405) 943-6472.

What opportunities are there to earn Oklahoma-Bred money?

Each Commission-licensed racetrack in Oklahoma is required to offer as race conditions no less than two Oklahoma-Bred restricted races per day. In addition, tracks offer Oklahoma-Bred money in open company races on an “if eligible” basis when funds allow, and each track offers at least two stakes races restricted to accredited Oklahoma-Bred horses. Some open stakes races offer Oklahoma-Bred purse supplements if eligible. Each time an accredited Oklahoma-Bred earns a purse supplement, the breeder and stallion owner earn Oklahoma-Bred awards.

How much can an accredited Oklahoma-Bred earn?

As much as $7 million has been paid in one year to owners, breeders and stallion owners of accredited Oklahoma-Bred horses. Oklahoma state law provides for the incentive funds and prescribes the purposes for which the money will be paid out by the Commission. For complete information regarding Program rules and requirements please refer to Chapter 75, Oklahoma-Bred Program, in the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Rules of Racing or contact the OHRC home office at (405) 943-6472.


That beginning in July 1999 by statute all registration fees collected from accredited Oklahoma-Bred horses is deposited to the Oklahoma Breeding Development Fund Special Account instead of to the State of Oklahoma General Revenue Fund. That on November 16, 2000 the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission approved the transfer of funds from registration fees collected to be used as additional Oklahoma-Bred purse supplements at all Commission licensed racetracks.

Oklahoma Bred Program Registration Fee Schedule

By February 1 of breeding year$100
After February 1 and by June 30 of breeding year (not retroactive)$200
Reaccreditation by February 1 of breeding year$100
Reaccreditation after February 1 and by June 30 of breeding year$200
Hardship reaccreditation$200 + Application Fee
By December 31 of year prior to foaling$35
After December 31 but prior to foaling$70
Hardship (mares registered as racing stock but not transferred to broodmare)$200 + Application Fee
Reaccreditation by December 31 of year prior to foaling$35
Reaccreditation after December 31 but prior to foaling$70
Hardship reaccreditation by December 31 of year prior to foaling$200 + Application Fee
Hardship reaccreditation after December 31 but prior to foaling$200 + Application Fee
Racing Stock
By December 31 in year of birth$25
By June 1 of yearling year$50
After June 1 of yearling year through December 31 of three-year-old year$500
After December 31 of three-year-old year$1,000
Any Ownership Transfer $25
By February 1 of breeding year$150
After February 1 and by June 30 of breeding year (not retroactive)$300
Reaccreditation by February 1 of breeding year$150
Reaccreditation after February 1 and by June 30 of breeding year$300
By December 31 of year prior to foaling$60
After December 31 but prior to foaling$120
Hardship (mares registered as racing stock but not transferred to broodmare)$200 + Application Fee
Reaccreditation by December 31 of year prior to foaling$60
Reaccreditation after December 31 but prior to foaling$120
Racing Stock
By December 31 in year of birth$40
By June 1 of yearling year$80
After June 1 of yearling year through December 31 of three-year-old year$750
After December 31 of three-year-old year$1,500
Any Ownership Transfer $25
By February 1 of breeding year$225
After February 1 and by June 30 of breeding year (not retroactive)$400
Reaccreditation by February 1 of breeding year$225
Reaccreditation after February 1 and by June 30 of breeding year (not retroactive)$400
Recertification by February 1 of breeding year$25
Recertification after February 1 but before June 30 of breeding year$50
Recertification after June 30 but before December 31 of breeding year$250
Hardship reaccreditation$200 + Application Fee
Hardship recertification prior to the stallions foals becoming a yearling$500
Hardship recertification prior to the foals two-year-old year$1,000
By December 31 of year prior to foaling$75
After December 31 but prior to foaling$150
Hardship (mares registered as racing stock but not transferred to broodmare)$200 + Application Fee
Reaccreditation by December 31 of year prior to foaling$75
Reaccreditation after December 31 but prior to foaling$150
Hardship reaccreditation by December 31 of year prior to foaling$200 + Application Fee
Hardship reaccreditation after December 31 but prior to foaling$200 + Application Fee
Racing Stock
By December 31 in year of birth$50
By December 31 in yearling year$150
By December 31 of two-year-old year$450
By December 31 of three-year-old year$750
After December 31 of three-year-old year$1,000
Any Ownership Transfer $25

For more information or application forms please contact:

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For more information please contact:

Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission
Oklahoma-Bred Program Registering Agency
2800 N Lincoln Blvd Suite 220
PHONE: (405) 943-6472
FAX: (405) 943-6474


Racing Secretary
Remington Park
One Remington Place
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
(405) 424-1000

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Blind Faith

Blind Faith

New Device Helps a Blind Dog See Again

By Amy Greene

With a body covered in glistening Golden Retriever fur and stunning blue and brown Australian Shepherd eyes, Lucas’ stocky, handsome appearance can melt even the coldest of hearts. However, it’s more often his kind, patient and resilient personality that makes him memorable to everyone he meets.

At around 6 months old, Lucas was rescued from a park in the heart of Tulsa. Despite starting his life out abandoned, covered in fleas and ticks and fending for himself, Lucas quickly adjusted to his new home and loving family. For years, Lucas thrived, forgetting the stray mentality that had kept him alive in the park, and traded it in for naps in the sun under large shade trees in his backyard.

            When Lucas was around 4 years old, he became noticeably lethargic. One of the construction workers remodeling the house noticed how the dog was acting and mentioned he thought Lucas might be blind in one of his eyes. The family took him to an ophthalmologist at Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists, Dr. Puckett, who diagnosed Lucas with glaucoma. When Dr. Puckett measured the pressure in Lucas’ eye, it registered over 100; a normal, healthy reading is around 16. Although the eye did not seem to be causing Lucas pain yet, the eye was removed for fear that it would one day rupture.

After Lucas’ first eye was removed, the family started to treat the other eye in a proactive effort to stop from having to remove it as well. Lucas’ owner Jeanne Gillert explains: “We tried laser surgery twice; then when that didn’t work, we started him on drops six times a day. One of the drops we tried was from Canada; another one was from England. Having them shipped in was extremely expensive, and we were spending hundreds of dollars each month on eye treatments alone, but we had to try everything we could to help Lucas. He never gave up, so how could we?”   

Eventually, Lucas became listless and lethargic again. His family did everything in their power to help him keep his remaining eye, investing in all of the treatments they could find, but nothing helped, and the pressure came back. Eventually, Lucas’ remaining eye was removed as well.

Once Lucas’ remaining eye was removed, Gillert noticed an abrupt change in him. “He became very depressed and scared; he laid around a lot and didn’t want to do anything,” she says. So she started looking online for solutions to make him more comfortable. The first blind-aid device they tried was called a halo, a device which is essentially a hula-hoop that encompasses the dog and acts as a bumper when he runs into things. However, unexpectedly, the halo was too fragile. Even though Lucas is a gentle dog, Gillert describes the quick demise of the halo: “The second time Lucas wore it, he dented it, somehow got it caught, then stepped on it, and it was dead pretty quickly.”

The halo was retired, and Gillert began the search once more to find him an alternate source to help with his missing eyesight. It wasn’t long before she found the answer to their prayers: BlindSight®, a device for blind animals made in the U.S. by an engineer and his wife. According to the website (, “BlindSight® units are 3D imaging transmitters specifically designed to be used by dogs and horses. They improve the quality of life and provide a return of confidence. Originally designed as an appliance for blind Service Dogs, The BlindSight® units are designed for extreme reliability, a 10-plus year service life and are patent pending…  In testing, dogs started to use the units in under three hours. By three weeks, they had fully adapted and no longer ran into walls, door frames or other objects. Observing their movements, by three months it was difficult to believe they were blind.” Recently, the makers of BlindSight® have also released a device for cats and small dogs as well, known as BlindSight-Tiny®. To see videos of animals after they have regained sight, visit

In early 2017, a student at the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine did an independent study on the efficacy of The BlindSight® devices. The report was aimed to be released sometime after September 2018. In the study, flaws were found in a few of the models, which have since been fixed by BlindSight®, and the old models were replaced with complimentary new ones for the customers of the flawed devices. This action speaks to the heart of the company to help both animals and their people, as does the generosity of Jordy Canid Inc.

Designed to imitate echo-location, the device—a small box weighing less than a pound—is worn on the dog’s harness or horse’s halter. Unfortunately, this means that animals without good hearing or animals with memory problems such as dementia are unable to use the device. They must be able to hear the device’s frequency, and their brain must know how to interpret that frequency into an image.

The BlindSight® device’s engineer explains: “The BlindSight® unit uses frequencies above the human hearing range to provide echo information that may be ‘decoded’ by the dog’s own brain to provide a virtual picture of its surroundings.” However, according to the website, the creators of BlindSight® are currently in the process of creating “a new device for deaf dogs and a navigational device for domestic cats that is not a ‘worn’ device!” For now, the animals that have benefited from the BlindSight® devices made by Jordy Canid Inc. live better quality lives than ever thought possible before.

At 6 years old, Lucas has lived quite a life—rescued from abandonment as a puppy, he found his forever family then faced the struggle of glaucoma twice, ultimately losing his sight. But since receiving his BlindSight® device in June Gillert says he has gotten back to his frisky self again. He has become fearless, learning the commands ‘up’ and ‘down’ and racing along staircases without hesitation. He bounces to greet people and has become dependent on his BlindSight®.

Of course, no device is perfect. According to Gillert, “the BlindSight® device doesn’t work well on things like chair legs; the objects have to be fairly thick and solid.” Still, the BlindSight® has changed Lucas’ life for the better. In the beginning, Gillert would take off Lucas’ harness occasionally because it looked uncomfortable, but she noticed he preferred to wear it and minded having it off more than on. In fact, she noticed he became “uncomfortable and disoriented without it.”

Now, the BlindSight® device sits on Lucas’ chest in his harness, not interfering with his play or his sleep, but acting as a physical comfort and keeping him grounded. Everyone in the family has adjusted to Lucas’ new eyesight as well. His owners keep him on a short leash for walks to keep his new “fearlessness” in check, and even his adopted sister Sophie—also a Golden Retriever—has learned to lower her head so Lucas can find her ears to clean them for her. Lucas now spends his days enjoying life as much as he did before his eye problems began. His family has recently moved to Mexico, and he has made the transition beautifully.

Animal Advocacy Horse Rescues

Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation

2350 S Midwest Blvd Guthrie, OK 73044 (405) 206-4689

Rescue + Rehabilitation + Sanctuary:

By Amy Greene

Three decades ago, give or take a few years, Oklahoma’s race tracks were at the peak of popularity. The horses were fierce, lively and beautiful. They shook the ground with the sheer power of their hooves; they kicked up the walls of dust the state fought to settle in the ‘40s. Unfortunately, for all of their magnificence, Oklahoma’s racing horses were also viewed as replaceable commodities.

Nelda Kettles, the founder and owner of Horse and Hound Rescue, remembers that time well.  “When we first got started, Oklahoma had a serious problem,” Nelda says. “Injured race horses were just being sent to slaughter by owners and trainers who didn’t want to spend the time and money to fix them. We (at Horse and Hound Rescue) got in touch with those owners and trainers, as well as the tracks themselves, and worked to show them that there was another option.”

While the rescue itself was only first officially established in 2015, the owners of Horse and Hound Rescue have now been in the Thoroughbred industry for more than 30 years, specializing in Off the Track Thoroughbreds: Jockey-Club registered Thoroughbred horses that were previously racing or in training to race and have since been retired due to reasons such as injury, lack of talent or old age.

With experienced riders as volunteers and decades of experience, Horse and Hound Rescue retrains horses from top racing competitors headed for the slaughterhouse to family members with a purpose in new careers including jumping, eventing, trail work and Western discipline. In 2018 alone, Horse and Hound took in approximately 50 horses, 46 of which have already found their forever homes. However, as their name suggests, Horse and Hound Rescue doesn’t stop with equines.

            When the Kettles began rescuing Off the Track Thoroughbreds dumped for being too much work or financial trouble, they also found a staggering number of special needs dogs being euthanized or dumped by their owners for the same reason. Similar to the horses, these dogs continue to come to the rescue from all over Oklahoma. However, while the horses are stopped from being sent to slaughter, the dogs are usually saved from being homeless, abandoned, surrendered or victims of tornados. Most of the dogs Horse and Hound takes in are blind, deaf, diabetic, or a combination of the three, requiring adopters to invest in the animals not only financially but with their time and energy.

            Approximately five months ago, in the heat of the Oklahoma summer, one such dog was found by a woman and her grandkids. The family had decided to go for a walk together when they heard the sound of crying coming from a nearby dumpster. Peeking inside, they found a small black and white puppy baking in the 100-degree weather. The woman called animal control, but because it was a Sunday all the shelters were closed. Eventually, Horse and Hound Rescue was notified, and rescuers crawled into the burning hot dumpster to save the dog thrown out like trash. The 1-year-old mixed breed was terrified but finally safe. She was named Miss Kitty in honor of one of the rescue member’s affection for the CBS Western television show, “Gunsmoke.” With time, Miss Kitty recovered from her physical and emotional wounds and is now part of a forever family.  

Unfortunately, due to the bigger investment and level of experience these special needs dogs require, not all of the animals that make it to Horse and Hound Rescue are able to have success stories as wonderful as Miss Kitty’s. In fact, the reality is that only about half of these dogs are able to be retrained and rehomed because of the severity of their conditions. Instead of giving up on these animals, however, Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation has created a sanctuary nestled into 50 gorgeous acres onsite in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

It is here the dogs, horses—and even the occasional cat—live out their days in the safety of Nelda and Larry Kettle’s home, receiving the attention and love they need and deserve. But while Horse and Hound Rescue goes to great lengths to help animals in need, they cannot do it alone.

“Nobody can make it on their own,” says Nelda. “I get tons of help from other rescues and trainers. People care, and it’s a blessing.”



To fund their belief that “every horse and every hound deserves to be loved unconditionally… just like they love us,” the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization depends on a combination of grants and donations to continue making a difference. If you would like to donate, you can visit the website at, click the convenient Paypal link, and 100 percent of your donation will go directly to Horse and Hound Rescue as they help these special animals find their place in someone’s heart and home.


While on their website, hover your mouse over the “How to Adopt” tab at the top of the page. Here, you can check out the foundation’s list of adoptable animals, be it “horse” or “hound.” Simply fill out the adoption application also found on the website, or call (405) 206-4689 for more information and to set up a meet and greet with available animals.


Maybe a lifetime commitment isn’t an option for you right now, but a short-term commitment is. Horse and Hound Rescue is in need of foster families! Consider temporarily giving an animal a home until the right forever home is found. Fostering animals teaches them they are loved, helps their socialization adjustment, and gets them into a comfortable environment where they can thrive and their personalities will shine, all the while helping save a life! Just click the “Get Involved” tab on the website or contact Nelda for more information on fostering.


If you would like to help out but donation, adoption and fostering aren’t for you, consider giving your time. From the mouth of the horse hero herself, Nelda stresses the constant need for more helping hands. “I don’t want to preach,” she said, “but volunteers are always needed, even just to come out and love on the animals.” Brushing horses, walking dogs, playing ball, giving kisses, receiving tail wags, and being on 50 acres of a serene animal sanctuary may be as beneficial for you as the animals you’re helping. Visit the website or call to set up volunteer opportunities.

Spread the Word!

At the very least, anyone can help spread the word. Go to, look at the “Happy Tails” success stories and feel inspired! Tell your friends about the amazing things the rescue does and how they make a difference. Lastly, visit the Facebook page @horseandhoundrescue to like and share with your friends.

Animal Advocacy Horse Rescues

Horse Feathers Equine Center

6320 N. Highway 74C Guthrie, OK 73044 (405) 260-7281

Horse Feathers Equine Center is a 501(c)(3) non profit dedicated and committed to providing services to horses that are found to be in need of healthcare, nutrition, and rehabilitation. We will assist abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses in need on a discretionary basis by rehabilitating, training, and placing them in a forever home.

We utilize a tailored training program specific to each horse to help them realize their full potential, work within its limitations and work to address the issues that cruelty or neglect has left on their lives.

Every horse we rehabilitate receives medical attention to address all immediate physical needs, and ongoing veterinary, farrier and alternative/holistic care where needed.