The community service class at the Scioto County Career and Technical Center (Scioto Tech) has been hard at work volunteering in the community.
Students spent their time assisting with operations at Sierra’s Haven for new and used pets.
Located at 80 Easter Dr., in Portsmouth, the shelter was founded in 2006 after Dr. Gail Counts’ brother passed away unexpectedly at age 42, leaving behind his cat Sierra. Counts is a veterinarian and the founder of Shawnee Animal Clinic, it was always her goal to open a shelter facility, but after her brother’s passing, she felt moved to act on her conviction. Through their efforts, over 10,000 dogs and cats have been adopted over the last 10 years. In 2016 alone, 786 dogs and 409 cats were adopted through their efforts.
Students socialized and walked dogs, cuddled kittens and played with the animals. But they weren’t afraid to get down and dirty, students cleaned litter boxes and cleaned kennels as well.
“On one outing, I took a group of carpentry students and they looked around and they wanted to build something that would benefit the shelter,” said teacher Denise Coldiron. “They had some old picnic tables, and the students decided that they wanted to give them a new table and they wanted to build a dog house.”
On March 27, the group delivered the new items to the shelter. Throughout the year, more than 25 students have become involved with various community service projects.
”I hope that they become more compassionate, I hope that they take with them that desire to be a part of their community and make a difference, whether it be with animals or people or anything else, anything where they see needs in the community. I just hope they get out there and get involved,” said Coldiron.
Coldiron says the students will continue to serve at the shelter until the end of the school year.
Sierra’s Haven is fully manned on a volunteer bases, and is always seeking new volunteers to come and assist.
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