Kim Ralston
MVMF Communications


(May 10, 2019) – The Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation (MVMF) has announced the winner of the 2019 Animal Archives “Pet of the Year.” The Archives offers an internet-based memorial program devoted to departed pets. This year’s winner is “Sugar,” a twelve-year-old mixed breed owned by Ted, Susan and Hope Worstell of Columbia, Mo. Her veterinarian was Brandie Reeves, DVM, at Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital, Columbia, MO.

Sugar was one of six nominees in this year’s competition. Nominees are chosen from the previous year’s submissions to the Archives. During 2018/2019, the public was invited to vote online for their favorite departed pet based on its life story and the bond between the pet and its owners. 

Over 2,000 votes were cast for the six candidates. An Honorable Mention goes to the other five Pet of the Year candidates: “Jake”, “Lexi”, “Dolly Madison”, “Pepper” and “Kellie”.

“Sugar was a member of our family whom we loved very much. The last two years without her have been difficult but we enjoy talking about our favorite memories with her. She has a brother now, Sparky, who brings a lot of joy to our family and we enjoy telling him about Sugar too!

“We are so grateful to Dr. Reeves and the staff at Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital for their care and concern for our precious Sugar.”

You can now view the next Pet of the Year candidates and vote for your favorite pet.
Go to the Animal Archives of Missouri website at

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“Sugar,” a twelve-year-old mixed breed owned by Ted, Susan and Hope Worstell of Columbia, Mo.