Pets & People propped by ‘Plush Puppy’ promo

Chicken fingers chain presents $16,180 gift to save homeless pets

Pets & People Humane Society members accept a $16,180 gift from local and regional managers of the Raising Cane’s fast-food chain raised through the company’s “Plush Puppy” pet welfare campaign. Pets & People is represented by volunteer Ella Schroeder (front), executive director Amy Young, board members Suzanne Cannon and Sue Bergherr, staff member Zoe, and operations manager Morgan Brand. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

An eastern Canadian County non-profit’s mission to find loving homes for rescued animals has earned a huge lift from a fast-food restaurant named after the owner’s dog.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has presented a $16,180 gift to Pets & People Humane Society. The company, founded in 1996, has a tradition of supporting pet welfare.

These funds were raised during the eatery’s “Plush Puppy” holiday promotion.

“Cane’s chose Pets & People as their charity this year, and raised all this money for us,” Pets & People board member Suzanne Cannon said.

“Our executive director, Amy Young, was speechless. And I was speechless too! Most of Cane’s donations are between $1,000 and $2,000, so to receive more than $16,000 was just amazing.”

Raising Cane’s representatives recently visited the Pets & People Adoption and Rescue Center, 9733 NW 4th – just east of Morgan Road between N.W. 10th and Reno.

Amy Young

“We are excited because the Raising Cane’s area managers across Oklahoma came together to choose Pets & People to be the recipient of the sales of their plush puppies,” director Young said. “We are currently planning adoption events at Raising Cane’s across the Oklahoma City metro area for this spring and summer, so the partnership will only grow!”

Pets & People has had a relationship with Raising Cane’s for some years thanks to board member Peggy Nichols.

The $16,180 will be used to support the vetting needed for Pets & People’s newly rescued pets.

“January and February are typically lean months for nonprofits because after the holiday season, donations are down but expenses stay the same,” Young explained. “This gift ensures that we can continue our work of rescue, adopt and repeat.”

Raising Cane’s is an American fast-food chain specializing in chicken fingers. The Yukon Cane’s restaurant is at 1127 Garth Brooks Blvd.

Co-founder Todd Graves’ original dog was named Raising Cane, a yellow Labrador. Other namesake Labradors have served as company mascots and certified therapy animals.



Cane’s Plush Puppy program started in 2004. Since 2009, the company has donated more than $850,000 to pet welfare organizations.

“This type of support is incredible,” she said of Cane’s huge donation. “We are so appreciative of this gift because these funds equal more lives saved from ‘kill’ shelters.

“The shelters across Oklahoma are all at capacity and the need is great. There are so many great souls that deserve to be rescued every day.”

Board member Cannon whole-heartedly agreed.

“We have so many needs and the help that we receive enables us to continue our mission to rescue and adopt pets,” she said.

Suzanne Cannon

A self-proclaimed animal lover, Cannon said anytime is the right time to adopt a new pet.

“When a person adopts, they not only save the life of the pet; they often save their own life,” she said. “Lots of people have suffered from depression and anxiety over the past two years during the pandemic.

“These pets make a huge difference in people’s ability to cope with depression, anxiety and loneliness. Pets provide unconditional love that you can’t get anywhere else.”

For more information about animal adoption, call (405) 367-7156 or visit