Archive for Thursday, October 20, 2005

4-H effort to aid hurricane-ravaged animal shelter

October 20, 2005

Leavenworth County 4-H'ers will drive to Louisiana this week and pair up with the Morehouse Parish 4-H clubs to hold an animal shelter food drive to help the parish's animal shelter.

Beth Hecht, Leavenworth County Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, said three Tonganoxie High School students - Kelly Yunghans, Shylyn Guthrie and Nicole Allen - as well as about 10 teens from Johnson County 4-H clubs will make the trip.

The group will leave from the Leavenworth Extension office Friday morning and will return home Sunday evening, Hecht said.

The "Bow-Wow and Meow Animal Shelter Drive" will take place in Bastrop, La., on Saturday, when the youngsters from Leavenworth County will personally deliver their donated items.

The event is being held in conjunction with "Make A Difference Day," which takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.

Many storm evacuees made their way to Morehouse Parish to escape the two hurricanes that hit the region this year. Morehouse Parish, located in the northeast corner of Louisiana, was inundated with evacuees. It also took in many abandoned pets from New Orleans.

"The animal shelter is overwhelmed," Hecht said.

Hecht and Al Davis, Johnson County 4-H Extension agent, had been looking for opportunities for the members of the Kansas River Youth Leadership program (KRYL) to participate in the hurricane relief efforts. Hecht contacted the Morehouse Parish 4-H club and asked if they needed any help.

Each KRYL youth has been challenged to collect at least 100 items. The goal is to deliver 1,000 items. The animal shelter has requested dog/cat food in bags (no cans); kitty litter; used, clean blankets and towels; clean, plastic dog houses; bleach; dog/cat treats; and medium-to-large storage containers with lids. Donations may be taken to the Leavenworth County K-State Research and Extension office at 500 Eisenhower Road in Leavenworth.

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