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

Our Team
Dr. Jessica Holt

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

Megan Kelly, RVT

Animal Facilities Manager


Megan is a 2010 graduate of the CCCC VMT program, and has 6 years of practical and educational experience. Megan loves cats, and has adopted 2 Cougar Pets, Stella and Evan (Abu). She has one son that keeps her busy.

Stephanie Cook, RVT

Asst. Animal Facilities Manager


Stephanie is a passionate RVT that enjoys teaching and working part-time at a local emergency clinic. She is familiar with dog behavior and helps temperament test many of our dogs. Stephanie has a pack of her own, including a few Cougar Pets! 

Madelynn Baka

Kennel Assistant

Madelynn was drawn to veterinary medicine at a young age because of her interest in helping animals in need and her experiences in animal rescue. She works with all sizes and species. Madelynn has many animals at home including foster kittens, her own cats, a dog, a rabbit, fish tanks and birds, one of which is a macaw. Her hobbies are bowling and spending time with all of her fur babies. Madelynn is originally from Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina but moved to this area because of her interest in this unique program which she has now graduated from and is currently enjoying being employed by.

Anika Thomas

Kennel Assistant

Anika Thomas is a student of the VMT program at CCCC and will be graduating in 2020. She was born 3/12/98 in Asheboro, NC and grew up in a house full of animals. Currently, she has two cats, McKenzie and Purrdy. Anika hopes to adopt a dog companion after graduating! She plans to work at a small general practice after graduation. She hopes to give the best care to all animals that come to her for help. She loves to play sports, especially volleyball and being with her familiy and friends.

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