sponsored by Merial
The goal of the Rufus Fisher Dog Adoption Program is to provide homes
for dogs who take part in flea and tick product evaluations at the
Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The program not
only finds homes for the dogs, but also contributes to the education of
veterinary students and provides companionship and love to the students
and community members who participate as Dog Angel adoptive parents.
Every member on the flea and tick team works hard to ensure the safety
and mental well-being of all dogs involved in these evaluations.
The College of Veterinary Medicine has placed numerous dogs into homes
over the last 10 years. Male and female dogs between six months and two
years of age are purchased specifically for these needed evaluations. No
feral or stray dogs are ever used. These are not drug safety trials; the
purpose of these trials is to evaluate the efficiency of flea and tick
products. Once a study is complete, the dogs are in need of new homes.
Due to the time it takes to find a good match for every dog, there are
expenses incurred for interim housing costs and routine medical needs.
Dr. Michael Dryden
Donations to the Rufus Fisher Dog Angel Program will
help provide housing and care of dogs prior to adoption. These
investments will also cover the cost of having each dog medically
treated at the K-State Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Canine
surgeries are performed by veterinary students under the direct
supervision of senior clinicians. While spays and neuters eventually
become routine procedures for students, these dogs provide valuable
training experiences during students’ senior year.
Dr. Michael Dryden, professor of veterinary parasitology at K-State, is
the nation’s pre-eminent expert on the biology and epidemiology of fleas
and ticks. Dr. Dryden has led one of the world’s foremost labs dedicated
to studying fleas and ticks infesting dogs and cats since 1990.
Donations to the Rufus Fisher Dog Angel Program are placed in an account
under the direction of Dr. Dryden.
T.J. Fisher and Rufus
Neil and T.J. Fisher in honor of their Labrador,
Rufus, have made it possible to initiate a funding program for others to
step forward and provide monetary support. Their support has enriched
the lives of many students, dogs and their owners.
Testimonial from an adoptive parent
“‘Tank’ has been a wonderful addition to our family. He has the most
amiable personality of any dog that I have ever met. He loves every
person and every other dog that we meet. We would like to thank the
K-State staff for giving us the opportunity to meet and adopt a new
family member we love dearly. In addition, we would like to thank the
K-State staff for being so helpful through the adoption process. Without
question, we would recommend everyone take the time to learn more about
the program and help those who are finding loving and caring homes for
the Dog Angel members.”— Lee Ladner
If you are interested in helping secure the
future of all dogs in the program by investing in the Rufus
Fisher Dog Angel Program or want further information, please
contact the development office at (785) 532-4378. If you would
like to adopt one of these wonderful dogs, contact Vicki Smith
at (785) 532-4611