Meet our Supporters: Anita Busek
Anita Busek ('49 Speech Comm.) loved Chevy Chase. Not the actor, but the
golden Labrador she rescued in 2008. "Chevy Chase" was just one of a half dozen
dogs that Anita would take in during her life. Whether they lost their home or
their owners could no longer care for them, Anita would find room for a dog in
"She was always the kind of person who felt strongly about anyone or anything
that couldn't take care of themselves," said John Brenneis, a Seattle-based
architect and Anita's nephew. "She always cared for the underdog."
For Anita, who had no children of her own, her dogs were her family. She had a
rescue animal dog as a companion for most of her life.
"She loved to take the dogs to the dog park in South Seattle," said Brenneis.
"She was kind of famous there and Chevy loved going there."
After Anita passed away in August 2010, part of her estate came to the WSU
College of Veterinary Medicine to support our
Society Partnership Fund out of the love of her shelter dogs and her loyalty
In 2012, the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and the
Seattle Humane Society entered into
a collaboration to build a state-of-the art adoption center, animal shelter, and
primary care teaching hospital. Because of this partnership, up to 130 WSU
veterinary students will receive high-quality, high-volume general veterinary
medical and surgical training each year; something that is not currently
possible at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman. This unique
opportunity will provide an extraordinary enhancement to the education of our
students in community-based, wellness-centered primary care. The college is also
partnering with the Idaho Humane
Society to provide similar education to our students so that they continue
to be highly competitive for top jobs upon graduation.