On May 24th, 2011 the City of Guthrie Animal Shelter was hit be an EF5 tornado that destroyed more than half of the city’s animal shelter. Unfortunately, FEMA and insurance money was not adequate to bring the shelter up to its former level of function.
With the disproportionally high number of disasters last spring and summer, The Animal Rescue Site (ARS) decided to host a “Gifts That Give More” fund raising campaign to help with disaster relief. They raised a substantial amount of money and came to us at the Petfinder.com Foundation to see if we could help them make the most of some of that money. And so, The City of Guthrie, The Petfinder.com Foundation and The Animal Rescue Site came together for this week of helping animals!
Rescue U, Petfinder.com Foundation’s newest program, trains college students to rehabilitate animal shelters in need. With the support of ARS, Rescue U was able to travel to Guthrie Oklahoma to help rebuild their shelter. The Rescue U volunteers from Delaware Valley College and Montgomery Community College in PA teamed up with Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma volunteers for one week this January to bring the shelter back to its full functionality.
In one week, these student volunteers were able to build three large exercise pens for the dogs, build three new covered meet-and-greet pens for prospective adopters to meet dogs, build roofs for over all of the outdoor dog runs, build an outdoor cat play area and give the cats better enrichment tools, repaint the building, as well as building a storage facility for the shelter. Additionally, Rescue U was able to provide new appliances, new stainless steel cat cages and new guillotine doors for the indoor/outdoor dog kennels. All-in-all a great week for the animals of Guthrie and the people who help them!
In addition to the funds spent on the shelter itself, through a generous donation from ARS, the City of Guthrie Animal Shelter was presented with a check for $10,000 to be spent on veterinary care and food for the animals. What a great week for these hard-working students and Guthrie animal caregivers!