(Left to Right) Cheryl McAuliffe, GPC Founder; Debra Berger, GA State Director HSUS; Senator Kay Kirkpatrick; Lori Trahan, President of Good Mews.On April 28, Georgia State Senator Kay Kirkpatrick was honored with the Pets’ Best Friend Award from the GA Pet Coalition, in recognition of her outstanding leadership and voting records on behalf of companion animals during her tenure in the Georgia General Assembly. The awards ceremony was held at the Good Mews Animal Foundation in Marietta. Good Mews is Metro-Atlanta’s first, no kill cage-free rescue for homeless cats while they await their forever loving homes.
Senator Kirkpatrick has been the lead sponsor on three significant pieces of state legislation, including two (SB 338 and SB 476 in 2020) that would have made it more difficult for puppy mills to operate in Georgia. In 2019, Senator Kirkpatrick was a co-sponsor of SB31, which provides immunity for law enforcement to rescue pets trapped in hot cars. This bill was signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp. In her spare time, Senator Kirkpatrick has volunteered as a pet therapy team leader for the Ronald McDonald House through Happy Tails Pet Therapy Program.
Senator Kirkpatrick represents the 32nd District, which includes North-Central Cobb and West Cherokee. She serves as Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee and as Ex Officio of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Notably, she is an appointed member of the Georgia Joint Defense Commission, as well as a member of the Commission on Family Violence and a legislative liaison to the Commission on the Holocaust. Senator Kirkpatrick has been an orthopedic hand surgeon in Atlanta for over 30 years and was previously the President of Resurgens Orthopaedics.
Senator Kirkpatrick received a framed poster of the Official State Dog of Georgia: The Adoptable Dog. The image of Ruff the dog was created by artist Laurie Kaufman, a/k/a Lulu, to promote the adoption of pets from shelters and rescues. (Laurie is President of the Board of Directors and Interim Director for the Albany Humane Society.)