VIDEO: Volunteers give a broken shelter a bright tomorrow


In January, Rescue U went to Guthrie, OK, to rebuild the City of Guthrie Animal Shelter, which had been destroyed by a tornado in May 2011. Our volunteers repaired the roof and kennels, built new storage and exercise pens, added a meet-and-greet area and more. (Read our online diary from the trip.)


Suzy Brown and a dog from the
City of Guthrie (OK) Animal Shelter

Four months later, what kind of impact has the Rescue U visit had on the shelter? “It has reinforced our community to become more proactive when it comes
to the animals,” shelter manager and animal control superintendent Suzy Brown tells us. “The news around the [project] really raised public awareness.”

The visit also improved morale among shelter staff. “Rescue U has renewed a broken shelter. [It’s] given us a bright
tomorrow and hope for the future,” Brown says. “It is a gift that will continue to
give for many years to come, and that is truly exciting. We are
truly grateful.”

To spread the word about the great impact a handful of dedicated volunteers can have on homeless pets and the people who care for them, the Petfinder Foundation is launching a new webisode series about Rescue U. We’re kicking it off with a look back at the Guthrie trip and we’ll cover our upcoming projects throughout the year. Check out the first installment after the jump, and stay tuned for more!

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