Make Me Smile


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Making Shelter animals more adoptable since 2013.

Veterinary Dentists offer free equipment and training to shelter veterinarians and technicians so adoptable dogs and cats can receive dental cleanings before adoption into new homes.

In 2013 the Make me Smile program was organized in concert with the generosity of veterinary equipment manufacturer Dentalaire Products International. DPI provided equipment and Trustees of the Foundation volunteered training manpower at various animal shelters throughout the country. In 2016, Petco Inc. awarded a $10,000 grant to the program.

The program is designed to give shelter veterinarians and technicians the training on providing comprehensive oral health, assessment and treatment (COHAT) of oral concerns for their animals that are placed for adoption. The COHAT will be conducted under general anesthesia and assessment will be done with full mouth radiographs and physical examinations.

It is known that poor oral health leads to physical ailments and temperament issues, all of which can render the animals not as desirable for adoption. It is the goal of this dedicated group of veterinarians, technicians and dental hygienists who specialize in veterinary dentistry to create awareness for shelter personnel so that can provide treatment in-house.



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The following 2018 VDF Speakershave generously donated their honorariums back to the Foundation.


  • Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists
  • Dr. Richard McFarland
  • Dr. Susan McTaggart
  • Dr. Mike Overend
  • Dr. Jan Bellows
  • Dr. Jamie Anderson
  • Companion Animal Dentistry of Kansas City

The following 2017 VDF Speakershave generously donated their honorariums back to the Foundation.

  • Dr. A. Amimoto
  • Dr. Brett Beckman
  • Dr. Curt Coffman
  • Dr. William Gengler
  • Dr. Toru Gotanda
  • Dr. William Kellner