Best Friends of Pets Offers Spay/Neuter Assistance Program

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Best Friends of Pets

An experienced corporate professional, Duke Ligon serves as an owner, attorney, and manager of Mekusukey Oil Company in Oklahoma City and oversees a portfolio of mineral interests across the United States. Duke Ligon also holds a position on the board of directors for Heritage Trust, which supports a variety of community organizations, including Best Friends of Pets.

Best Friends of Pets works to control pet overpopulation through initiatives such as its Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP).

SNAP partners with participating veterinarians and nonprofit clinics throughout central Oklahoma to provide pet owners with affordable spaying and neutering services. The program also offers low-cost rabies vaccinations at the time of spay or neuter for qualifying pet owners. To qualify for the program, pet owners must meet the eligibility criteria for a low-income or general public household. Annual and monthly income criteria are based on family size, and low-income households currently receiving assistance from government-aid programs, such as Medicaid or food stamps, may also qualify.

Spay and neuter costs for low-income families consist of a flat fee of $10 for cats and $20 for dogs, while general public fees vary according to species and sex of the animal. Neutering costs $35 for cats and $70 for dogs, while spaying costs $60 for cats and $90 for dogs. Rabies vaccinations cost $5 for each animal regardless of qualifying income levels.


OKC MOA’s Healing Arts Program

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA)


Oklahoma City resident and attorney Duke Ligon founded Mekusukey Oil Company in 1970. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Duke Ligon serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKC MOA).

The OKC MOA offers a program called Healing Arts that reaches out in several ways to bring art education and appreciation to people who are sick, in recovery, or otherwise unable to access the museum’s offerings.

Art can be a fun, educational, and sometimes therapeutic practice, especially for children who may not have many other outlets for self-expression. Teaching artists from the MOA visit the Oklahoma University Children’s Hospital to provide art lessons for children and teens in longer term care at the hospital. They also visit St. Anthony’s Behavioral Medicine to help children who have behavioral challenges to explore art as a way to express their thoughts and emotions.

Art may also be helpful for people dealing with memory problems or recovering from brain or spinal cord injuries. Teaching artists regularly visit patients at the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation centers; these artists also work with two memory care centers in Oklahoma that treat people who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

On select Mondays, the museum hosts an event called Making Memories. On these days, the MOA closes its doors to everyone but those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. These groups are given full access to the Museum along with several programs and activities to help them experience the art together.

Establishing Expert Witnesses in Law




A member of both the District of Columbia and Oklahoma Bar Associations, Duke Ligon of Oklahoma City is an attorney focused on energy law. Admitted to the US Court of Appeals for the second and fifth circuits, Duke Ligon of Oklahoma City is an expert witness for the Federal Courts on Board Governance.

Evidence law confines testimonies of witnesses in both criminal and civil cases to concrete statements of fact that the witnesses observed, know, and can recall. The law limits testimonies to facts as perceived or observed by the witnesses using their natural senses. The witness is precluded from giving their opinions, impressions, and inferences, or from drawing conclusions; if in that case, the fact-finders are competent enough to form their own conclusions and opinions.

There are cases, however, when the law provides for witnesses to give opinion evidence. This is in the case of lay opinions and expert opinions.

Lay witnesses may give their opinions if the opinion is rational with regard to their senses, if it will help the fact-finders understand the testimony, and if it is not centered around scientific or specialized knowledge.

Expert witnesses, on the other hand, are people qualified by experience or study to form opinions in the fields of science, art, or a specific trade. The law disqualifies people without special training or experience in technical areas, deeming them incapable of giving accurate opinions with regard to technical matters.

Therefore, a person with qualified skill, expertise, or education in a technical or scientific area may give his or her opinion or form a conclusion as a testimony if it is based on sufficient and reliable scientific data, whose principles the witness has reliably applied to the material case.

Preserving History – The Civil War Trust

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The Civil War Trust

A resident of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Duke Ligon has served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Devon Energy, and is the owner and manager of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. In addition to his professional work in the Oklahoma City area, Duke Ligon is a member of the board of directors of several charitable organizations, including the Civil War Trust.

Founded in 1989 as the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, the Civil War Trust is dedicated to preserving battlefields throughout the United States. In addition to the Civil War, it also works to save the battlefields of the War of 1812 and the Revolutionary War, making it the country’s most effective and largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization. Primarily focused on purchasing and restoring battlefield land, the Civil War Trust also connects hundreds of visitors each year to the history and events that affected the history of the nation.

One of the Civil War Trust’s recent preservation efforts focuses on 313 acres in Virginia, an area where at least five significant battles were fought between 1862 and 1865, including the Battle of Sailor’s Creek. In addition to the 885 acres already preserved, including areas around the historically significant Lockett and Hillsman farms, the total preserved area would still only be roughly one-fifth of the battle’s more than 5,800 acres. Funded primarily by federal grants, the expected cost of the project totals almost $1 million.