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 in 2013 and has worked in small animal practice since then. She loves both cats and dogs, and is a wonderful addition to the Cougar Pets team. She spends her free time with her husband, her shepherd Tanto, and her two cats, Coconut and Bob.

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 is happily married and 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 Baka is a student of the VMT program at CCCC and will graduate in 2020. She is 19 and currently works as a dog trainer at Petco. She is a lover of many animals and has a cat, hedgehog, leopard gecko, ball python, and many mice. Madelynn has worked in spay/neuter clinics and veterinary practice since she was 16. She has had a hobby of animal rescue since she was just eight years old!

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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