Sunday, October 21, 2018

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Early Registration (Registration desk, 2nd Floor outside Grand Ballroom, Skirvin Hotel)

Also, you will have three one-on-one fifteen-minute sessions to sign up for. These are limited capacity sessions and first-come, first-serve. 1) Tell your favorite animal story to KOSU Radio. 2) Meet with Clare Bland, international fundraising expert for animal charities, and learn how to maximize your program. 3) Chat with Nicholas Gilman, shelter specialist , about how you can best support the cats and dogs in your community.

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Pre-conference tour of central Oklahoma animal exhibits. Tour attendees will visit Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue, Oklahoma History Center, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the Oklahoma City Zoo. (Participation is limited and attendees must register for the tour.)

05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

EVENING WELCOME RECEPTION: Conference Opening Reception at Elephant Sanctuary (Oklahoma City Zoo). Free and open to public, but attendees must register. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and FLIGHT OF THE ELEPHANT, an artistic performance.

The FLIGHT OF THE ELEPHANT is a special collaborative presentation featuring an original score by Scott McAllister and performed by the UCO Wind Symphony and conducted by Dr. Brian Lamb, director of the UCO School of Music. The piece is accompanied by the narrative illustration of Jime A. Wimmer, Adam Coe, and Semin Park, and a story by Sam Ladwig and Amy Johnson.

Monday, October 22, 2018

07:30 am - 03:30 pm

Registration (All-Day) 2nd Floor Skirvin

Note: To the east of the Skirvin is the Santa Fe parking garage. The cost for parking is $2/hr or $10/day. For directions to park please visit here:

07:45 am - 08:45 am

Breakfast (Grand Ballroom)

09:00 am - 09:15 am

Welcome and Introductions (Grand Ballroom)
Christian Keesee, Chairman, Kirkpatrick Foundation
Louisa McCune, Executive Director, Kirkpatrick Foundation

09:15 am - 10:00 am

Morning Keynote (Grand Ballroom)
Bob Meadow, Partner, Lake Research
A Pollster's View: Oklahomans' Attitudes and Values Around Animal Treatment. Dr. Meadow will review the findings of an October 2017 survey of 700 adult Oklahomans (500 phone/200 online).

10:00 am - 10:15 am

A Rhyme For the Animals by Dr. Don Stinson, Poet
Special Presentation

10:15 am - 11:00 am

Mid-Morning Keynote (Grand Ballroom)
Paul Schmitz, CEO, Leading Inside Out
How a Social Movement Begins
Using the Collective Impact Model: What the Civil Rights Movement Can Teach Us About Animal Protection

11:10 am - 12:00 pm

Three Breakout Sessions

Pearls Before Swine: Natural Resource Destruction by Feral Hogs. (Crystal Room)
This panel will give explanation of how feral hogs came to our state and were we are in our path to confronting the destruction they leave behind.
Scott Alls, Oklahoma State Director, USDA Wildlife Services
Josh Gaskamp, Wildlife and Range Consultant and Technical Consultation Manager, Noble Research Institute

Transforming the Animal Protection System.
Animal cruelty is a serious crime, and these crimes must be effectively investigated and prosecuted. Animal Folks in Minnesota is taking a systemic approach to enhance how animal laws are enforced, including the development of structural changes, polices and procedures, and multi-disciplinary training and tools. (Centennial Ballroom)
Ann Olson, Founder and Executive Director, Animal Folks, Minnesota

Oklahoma Pet Breeding Law panel (Balinese Room)
Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma State Director, Humane Society of the United States
Teena Gunter, AgPDES Director, Oklahoma Department Food and Forestry General Counsel
Lesa Staubus, DVM, American Humane Rescue Veterinarian

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Lunch (lunch remarks begin at 12:15 p.m.)
Skyler Taylor & Targa, The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center's Paws for Purpose program (12:15 p.m.)
Raj Patel, PhD, Research Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Introduced by Manda Overturf Shank, Program Officer, Kirkpatrick Foundation
The World that Food Made: Edible Education 101
Dr. Patel has worked alongside Michael Pollan and advises governments around the world on food systems, the way we live, and the impact on animals and the environment.

01:00 pm - 01:15 pm

Short Plenary (Grand Ballroom)
Becky Switzer and Darrell Wilkerson,
Presentation on the work of the Ground Zero Emergency team

01:25 pm - 02:20 pm

Three Breakout Sessions

Save Lives. Unite Oklahoma. Planning Session (Centennial Ballroom)
Save Lives. Unite Oklahoma started on April 30, 2018 with the goal of achieving 90% live release rate at all Oklahoma shelters by the year 2025. This session is another step in achieving that goal. Matt Biggar will use the approach of collective impact to help direct our discussion about live release rate and create an effective plan to achieving our 2025 goal. Matt will also present on Tuesday afternoon.
Dr. Matt Biggar, Founder & Principal, Connected to Place

Our Wild Neighbors: Coexisting with North America’s Native Carnivores. (Crystal Room)
Wolves, Bears, Bobcats, Cougars & Coyotes ~ oh my! Project Coyote Founder & Executive Director Camilla Fox will talk about why native carnivores matter and how they help to keep ecosystems resilient, healthy, and diverse. Highlighting Project Coyote’s national programs aimed at stopping the mistreatment and mismanagement of America’s native carnivores through education, science and advocacy, Camilla will show that there are better ways to live with these animals and that compassionate conservation and coexistence is the way forward.
Camilla Fox, Founder & President, Project Coyote

The Homeless and Their Pet Companions (Baliense)
This panel will focus on two local programs created to help support the homeless keep and take care of their pets.
Dr. Leonardo Baez, DVM Mid-Town Vets
Ranya Forgotson, Director of The Curbside Chronicle,Homeless Alliance

02:25 pm - 03:20 pm

Two Breakout Sessions
Raising and Giving: These experts on fundraising and philanthropy share their best practices for animal charities and philanthropists. This mix of givers and getters should result in some new and wonderful partnerships. (Centennial Ballroom)
Kelly Barnes, Director Community Engagement, Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Paulette Black, Senior Program Officer, Kirkpatrick Foundation
Clare Bland, Director of Development, The Good Food Institute

The Meat Racket: How the Rise of Corporate Culture Has Destroyed the Livelihoods of America's Farmers and Ranchers and Led to the Extreme Confinement and Suffering of Farm Animals (Crystal Room)
Joe Maxwell, Executive Director, Organization for Competitive Markets and former Lt. Governor of Missouri, and hog farmer
Christopher Leonard, Author, The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business

03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

Short Plenary (Grand Ballroom)
The Silver Lining: How My Health Crisis Led Me to Angel City Pit Bulls
One Los Angeles marathoner's story about healing and hope (3:30 to 3:40 p.m.)
Jill Hoffman, Consultant, Animal Grantmakers

Final Monday Plenary (Grand Ballroom)
Protecting Wildlife on the Frontlines
Mark Goff, Director of Development, VETPAW
Ryan Tate, President, VETPAW
Introduction by Dr. Dwight Lawson, Executive Director, Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens
VETPAW takes a new approach to managing the poaching crisis in Africa. The founder/president and director of development, Ryan Tate and Mark Goff, lead a group of post-9-11 United States military veterans with combat skills to protect and train park rangers in sub-Saharan Africa. Specialized military experience and careful planning as a result of counter-insurgency training techniques are working to save the elephants and rhinos in peril.

04:30 pm - 05:45 pm

Evening Cocktail Reception
Immediately following the final plenary of the day, take a break and join your fellow conference attendees for a drink and snack outside the Grand Ballroom.

06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Dinner will be on your own. If you would like help finding a group to have dinner with, please contact Laura,

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

07:30 am - 03:00 pm

Registration (All-Day)
Note: To the east of the Skirvin is the Santa Fe parking garage. The cost for parking is $2/hr or $10/day. For directions to park please visit here:

09:00 am - 09:10 am

Morning Welcome & Housekeeping Notes (Grand Ballroom)
Louisa McCune, Executive Director, Kirkpatrick Foundation

Plus, the LOVE CAN BE: A Literary Collection About Our Animals launch. October 23, 2018, is the official publication date for this thirty-author anthology benefitting Oklahoma animal charities.

09:10 am - 09:50 am

Morning Keynote (Grand Ballroom)
Tim Flach, Photographer
The Animal Extraordinary: What I've Learned From My Up-close Encounters
Be inspired by one of the greatest animal photographers of our time. British lensman Tim Flach is recognized for his highly conceptual images featuring a wide range of species. He has published five books, and his work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times, and many more publications. You may remember seeing Tim on a Microsoft TV Surface commercial!

09:50 am - 11:00 am

Second Morning Plenary (Grand Ballroom)
The Modern Veterinary College: Oklahoma State University's new veterinary dean, Carlos Risco, briefly outlines his new vision for one of Oklahoma's most beloved institutions. 9:50 a.m.

Veterinary Science for Elephants: João Brandão DVM and Andrew Hanzlicek DVM share their research on EEHV, a killer virus that is the leading cause of mortality in juvenile Asian elephants. 10 a.m.

The Tiger in the Basement: The Exotics Crisis in America 10:15 a..m.
Introduction by Bill Nimmo, Founder and President, Tigers of America
Senior Vice President Nicole Paquette of the Humane Society of the United States presents on the problems with irresponsible people and unqualified facilities keeping dangerous wild animals such as tigers, lions, bears and monkeys. These animals are tucked away in people’s basements and back yards, kept in inhumane conditions at roadside zoos and carted around the country in travelling shows. As one of a handful of states with few to no laws, Oklahoma is considered ground zero for unregulated, out-of-control possession and breeding of dangerous wild animals.

11:10 am - 12:00 am

Two Breakout Sessions

The Link Between Animal Abuse, Interpersonal Violence and Other Collateral Crimes (Centennial Ballroom)
There is nationwide increased attention to animal cruelty and dog fighting due to a mounting body of evidence about the link between such acts and serious crimes of more narrowly human concern, including domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse illegal firearms possession, drug trafficking, gambling, gangs, child pornography and more. This presentation will emphasize that while animal-cruelty issues were long considered a peripheral concern for law enforcement, that illusory distinction is rapidly fading. Animal cruelty is part of a larger nexus of crimes and the psyche behind them. People are at risk when animals are abused, and animals are at risk when people are abused. Taking animal cruelty seriously can lead to identification of other crimes involving humans.
Jessica Rock, Director of Legal Advocacy & Law Enforcement Support, Atlanta Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Unit

Rural Animal Shelters: Challenges, Opportunities, and Ideas (Crystal Room)
Recent studies have shown that services for animals, including veterinary care and access to a shelter for the surrender of unwanted animals, in rural areas are often lacking. Without adequate services, animals in these areas are at risk for abuse and neglect. This session will look at the challenges facing rural communities and share easy, low cost improvements that can improve quality of care, suggestions garnering community support, and establishing a long-term vision.
Kristy Wicker, Independent Researcher
Jon Gary, Superintendent, City of Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division
Nicholas Gilman, President, Humane Logic
Ruth Steinberger, Co-founder and President, Spay FIRST!

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Lunch Keynote (Grand Ballroom)
Bruce Friedrich, Co-Founder & Executive Director, the Good Food Institute
Healthy and Humane Innovation in the Food Supply
Oklahoma-raised Bruce Friedrich is considered the global leader in the plant-based and clean meat food movement. Friedrich and his researchers help investors and entrepreneurs imagine a food system where the most affordable and delicious products are also good for our bodies and the planet. He'll show us how they do it.

01:00 pm - 01:15 pm

Short Plenary (Grand Ballroom)
Help Has Arrived: Dr. Lesa Staubus, Oklahoma-based veterinarian for the American Humane Association, shares with us the history and activities of this historic rescue team.

01:25 pm - 02:20 pm

Two Breakout Sessions
Animals and Place Making (Centennial Ballroom)
Cities can sometimes be good places for animals, but often animals are unwelcome. Many cities are undertaking efforts at place making, a community process to create public spaces, buildings, and programs that reflect the values and ideas of human community members. There are plenty of animal residents in our cities too, from dogs making friends at the park to birds singing above the street. Can we enrich our communities by including the needs of animals in place making efforts? This session shares examples and invites a discussion of your ideas.
Susan Atkinson, Senior Planner, City of Oklahoma City
Shane Hampton, Director, University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities

Wildlife Crime Panel (Baliense Room)
A look into the ongoing research projects and cases in the areas of wildlife forensics, wildlife conservation, poaching, and animal protection.
James Creecy, Assistant Professor, Forensic Science Institute and Biology
Corey Jager, Legislative Liaison & Human Dimensions Specialist, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Bill Hale, Chief of the Law Enforcement Division,Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

02:25 pm - 03:20 pm

Two Breakout Sessions
Planting the Path for Monarchs! l (Crystal Room)
What do golf courses, farms and zoos all have in common? They have each made a commitment to ensure thriving populations of monarchs for generations to come. The monarch butterfly populations have plummeted at an alarming rate and Oklahoma is critical to their survival. Our great state is centrally located in their migration flyway from Enid to Durant and Elk City to Tahlequah. Come learn about how Oklahomans statewide are taking action to increase monarch habitat.
John Daniels, Agronomist, Central Region, US Golf Association
Katie Hawk, Director of Communications & External Affairs, Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma
Ric Kotarsky, Curator of Wildlife Conservation and Scientific Advancement, Tulsa Zoo
Amy Seiger, State Soil Health Coordinator, Oklahoma Conservation Commission
Cole Thompson, Assistant Director, Green Section Research for the US Golf Association

Save Lives. Unite Oklahoma. Planning Session (Centennial Ballroom)
Save Lives. Unite Oklahoma started on April 30, 2018 with the goal of achieving 90% live release rate at all Oklahoma shelters by the year 2025. This session is another step in achieving that goal. Matt Biggar will use the approach of collective impact to help direct our discussion about live release rate and create an effective plan to achieving our 2025 goal.
Matt Biggar, Founder & Principal, Connected to Place

03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

Short Plenary (Grand Ballroom)
Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities' K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry & Lutheran Comfort Dogs
Final Plenary
Steven Charleston, Elder of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and retired Episcopal Bishop of Alaska

04:30 pm - 04:35 pm

Closing Reflections