Covenant Pet Trust Inc. is a 501c3 organization
Covenant Pet Trust Inc. was founded in 2012 by Pam Taylor & Kathy Wisner. CPT was formed to educate and assist pet parents to plan for the future of their pets without them. We work with all pet parents including terminally ill or permanently disabled parents. Our mission is to provide education and resources for pet parents to plan for their pets and to prevent neglect, abuse and euthanasia of pets due to the death of their people. Our goal is to insure the joy and comfort only a beloved pet can bring; provide pet parents with the peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly what will happen to that pet in the event of the owners death. Services include in-home care support, foster care, visitation, relocation, re-homing or other personalized services as required. We work with you to plan for your pet in the event your pet out lives you. We offer support to keep pets in their home due to unforeseen circumstances. Covenant Pet Trust Directors and Volunteers are here to provide comfort and peace of mind for pet owners and to prevent neglect, abuse and euthanasia of pets.
Pam moved from Ontario Canada to Lake City Florida in 2007. She brought with her 19 years of experience in animal rescue, dog training, and service to the community. In 1993 Pam received a scholarship to attend The Assistance Dog Institute in Rohnert Park California where she became a Certified Assistance Dog Instructor. Following her graduation she founded Assistance Dogs of Canada, a nonprofit organization that trained and placed assistance dogs for persons with a variety of disabilities. In 1997 she was awarded the Paul Harris Award by the Niagara Falls Rotary Club for service to the community for her volunteer work with developmentally delayed children and their pets. Since moving to Lake City Pam has worked at The Lake City Humane Society as Program Director where she developed community programs, managed the adoption program and was responsible for volunteer recruitment, event coordination and community education. She also worked at North Florida Animal Rescue as Director of Rescue & Adoption she created the NFAR adoption and rescue program structure, directed shelter management, adoptions, rescue, foster and volunteer development and training. While working in rescue, Pam saw hundreds of orphanded pets surrendered to shelters. Her desire to prevent these surrenders became her mission. Pam shares her home with Remmington, a black lab mix, Angel, a minnie Aussie mix, Axle an adorable Cocker Spaniel, Bruce, a Chihuahua she inherited from her mother when she passed, Silly long time resident cat and several fosters that need a safe place until their fate is determined.
Kathy is a former business owner and has served on nonprofit boards in the arts, business and animal rescue. She supported and assisted with adoptions for Greyhound Rescue. She and her husband Kurt, have been supporters and volunteers with the Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm in Alachua, Florida for several years. In Lake City, Kathy gained extensive experience meeting the needs of the community as Coordinator of Lake City Medical Center’s Seniors United/H2U and Volunteer Services. For 13 years, she had complete control and responsibility for programming, activities and events for up to 1,600 senior citizens. She addressed topics such as health, mental/emotional health, end-of-life planning, social events and adventures. Kathy has served as confidante for many of the members and developed lasting relationships that have continued since her retirement in 2012. Many had pets that would need care or re-homing if they could no longer be cared for by their owners. In order to provide peace of mind to the members and safety to their pets, she often agreed to provide a home for their pets in the event of death. One day, Kathy realized she was in danger of becoming an animal hoarder if she was truly committed to taking all these pets. The need for an organization such as Covenant Pet Trust Inc. became apparent. Kathy's furry kids consist of two Ibizan hounds, Travis and Ravin’ and a tuxedo cat named Spot. In 2014 Kathy and her husband retired and moved further North to follow their dream of country living. However, Kathy's instrumental contributions to the establishment of CPT will never be forgotten.
Dr. Debbie Griffin
Vice President - Founding Director
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Teresa Byrd Morgan - Attorney
Teresa has been and animal advocate for most of her life. When working with clients she always determines if they have pets, and insists and including their pets in their will or estate planning. Teresa has two pets of her own, Daphne a Maine Coon cat and Izzie a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
Teresa’s Legal Education:
University of Florida, College of Law, Juris Doctor, With Honors, 1987
University of Central Florida, Bachelor of Arts (Legal Services), Magna Cum Laude, 1984
Teresa’s areas of practice include:
Kelli Sanders, DVM
Dr. Sanders grew up on a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin. She knew she wanted to be a Veterinarian at the age of 9 years old when she helped the Veterinarian perform a C-section on one of the Holsteins on the family farm.
Dr. Kelli's Education:
She attended undergrad school at Eastern New Mexico University majoring in Microbiology.
Dr. Sanders Graduated from Colorado State University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2000. She started in private practice handling mostly large animals. In December 2009 she went to work in private practice working on small animals.
Dr. Sanders proudly serves in the United States Army Reserves as an Executive Officer/Veterinary Corp Officer of the 993rd Medical Detachment out of Aurora, CO.
She is married with a husband of 30 years, 2 adult children, 1 daughter–in–law and 1 wonderful grandchild.
Joy moved from Pennsylvania to Florida in 1987 to attend graduate school at the University of Florida where she earned her doctorate in counselor education with a specialty in grief counseling. From 2000 to 2013 she was the pet loss counselor at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she worked with people facing difficult decisions for their pets or whose pets had died. She also taught classes to veterinary students on how to effectively communicate with clients on subjects such as breaking bad news and euthanasia. She continues providing education on pet loss to the community through presentations and workshops. Joy is currently employed at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast as a Grief Specialist where she offers a workshop on pet loss every August.