The Cougar Pets Mission
Cougar Pets is a no-kill, non-profit rescue organization affiliated with the Central Carolina Community College Veterinary Medical Technology program. We rescue dogs and cats from high-kill environments and take them into our colony so that they can recieve medical care and socialization until they are adopted. The students of the VMT program learn husbandry and clinical skills by caring for the colony animals.
Saving lives is our passion! When we transfer animals out of shelter situations, we are not only providing invaluable education for our students, but we are also helping to save lives by freeing up much needed space, and giving dogs and cats a second chance at adoption.
Though we are registered as a research facility with the USDA, we never do any research on our animals. We also operate as a no kill facility, and pride ourselves on our 99.8% adoption rate.
Cougar Pets Quick Facts:
· Founded in 1965
· No kill, no research facility
· 99.8% Adoption Rate
· We only euthanize in cases of medical necessity
· Average Time in Colony:
· Dog: 12 months
· Cat: 18 months
· All animals are housed in large runs with daily enrichment and social time
Jessica Holt, DVM
Animal Care Coordinator
Dr. Holt graduated from the University of Tennessee and worked in small animal practice for several years prior to joining the faculty at CCCC in 2016. She loves both cats and dogs and working with rescue animals. She spends her free time with her husband, her lab, Amos, and her two cats, Coconut and Bob. There is often also a foster pet or two in the house for extra love.
Justin Pedley, RVT
Animal Facilities Manager
Justin is an RVT and an alumni of the CCCC VMT program. He has worked in both Large Animal and Small Animal practices. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and spending time with his four-legged children, Marley and Grea!
Samantha was drawn to veterinary medicine because she wants to help animals and their people feel better and have a better quality of life. Samantha would like to work with small animals after graduation as she finds them to be more relatable and has more experience with them. At home, Samantha has two cats, Sirius and Rogue, along with a Corgi named Ranger. She also has a 60 gallon tank filled with many tropical fish. In her free time, Samantha loves to hike, camp, go off-roading, read, antique shop, and travel. Samantha is from Washington State but moved to this area recently for the VMT program. Samantha's experience with a small animal general practice, a local boarding facility, and volunteer work at a Humane Society makes her a great asset to our team!
Born and raised in North Carolina, Cameron has always had a passion for animals. She has adopted all kinds of critters over the years, including snakes, lizards, birds, rats, spiders, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs, and cats. She loves wildlife as well and spends her weekends outdoors with her dogs Sheba and Lorraine looking out for the local creatures. Cameron enjoys painting, playing drums, traveling with her husband, and spoiling her cat Mookie and bearded dragon Rhonda. She decided to get into veterinary medicine after volunteering for a year with vet services at the Museum of Natural Sciences. She is in her second year here at CCCC and plans to go into small animals and exotics.
Nicholas Horne, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Nicholas made the choice to work in veterinary medicine to make a difference with helping those that can't speak. He wants to work with both large and small animals. At home, Nicholas has two cats, Joker and Harley, as well as Ike, a dog he adopted right here from CCCC. His hobbies include being outdoors, hiking, skiing, rafting, and basketball. Nicholas is originally from Charlotte, NC but moved to this area for CCCC's VMT program. Nicholas graduated from the program in 2020 and is continuing to serve our animals as an employee because he feels this is a valuable program that gives better lives to the animals as well as the students.