BEND, OR -- Farm animals, rescued from hoarding situations or being kept as evidence, live in fields out at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Ranch. But now, thanks to a Boy Scout, Mithcell White, they have covered enclosures.
Sergeant William Bailey says White spearheaded creating covered areas and climbing apparatus for the livestock as part of his Eagle Scout Project. "He identified this problem we had with shelter, and being able to expand some of our pastures, and house more and a different variety of animals. He worked with his Boy Scout Troop 25 to build these shelters for our animals."
The Boy Scouts were able to get the supplies to build the enclosures donated, and they provided the labor. The rescued sheep and goats who live on the ranch, now have covered enclosures, and places to climb. Bailey says making sure there's space for every animal who needs it has not always been easy. "We never know what animals we're going to get, or how many, and so we always want to be prepared, and this young man, Mitchell White, was aware of our ranch, and he was looking for a project working toward his Eagle Scout. He worked with his Boy Scout troop to build these shelters for our animals."
Bailey says the ranch is mostly wide open, and had a limited number of sheltered pastures ... he says the new spaces will make it easier to take in more rescues, should the need arise. "The new shelters are in some of our shelter open areas, pastures on the East side of the ranch, which allows us to spread out animals, feed and comfort, they can spread out a little bit. So, if we were to end up with another large seizure, we have more pasture, more areas now, where we can house animals on the ranch."
The D-C-S-O ranch is currently home to 90 horses, sheep, goats, ducks, and even a few roosters ... to adopt an animal from the Sheriff's Office, go to sheriff dot deschutes dot o-r-g.