The Yreka 4-H Club, with the support of the California 4-H Foundation, decided to start a revolution in our own community. After learning about the many dogs that the Rescue Ranch annually works to re-home we wanted to contribute to the program in a meaningful way and create a connection for youth to understand the issue of abandoned and neglected dogs.
How has 4-H helped?
As a group we toured the facility and learned about the need for more shelters for the dogs housed in the facility. On June 2, 2012, the Yreka 4-H Club partnered with the Rescue Ranch to build and stain 6 dog shelters and stain an additional 6 previously built shelters. The club worked with the Siskiyou Opportunity Center to have all the lumber pre-cut so that the project could be completed in about 5 hours. The shelters can hold off wind from all directions while still providing fresh air for the dogs.
We appreciate the work that they (the 4-H Youth) provided and hope to be able to partner for additional projects in the future. Our goals as a re-homing facility would not be possible without the support of the community and volunteers like the 4-H Youth.
4-H members learned about the responsibility of running a dog rescue facility, what is involved in re-homing dogs and what the care cost is for an average dog at the facility. The project enabled the Rescue Ranch to re-home more pets in a shorter amount of time. Members will share thier knowledge with other members of the community.