Staff arrives early in the morning to care for our ranch residents. Breakfast often includes kibble topped with crock-potted roast prepared the night. After the dogs have had their breakfast, they are walked to their outside yards or playgroups. Some of the staff and volunteers spend the morning cleaning and sanitizing kennels inside and out, doing laundry and dishes. For more information on our cleaning practices click Cleaning Protocol.
Once the cleaning is done, staff and volunteers walk the dogs or work on basic training and play with them. Staff and volunteers also pair dogs and put together playgroups to help them receive the exercise and mental stimulation they need to be healthy. Some staff and volunteers help with maintenance around the facility, others provide office support, helping with data entry, answering the phone and engaging in other administrative tasks.
Once Rescue Ranch opens to the public at noon, staff and volunteers meet with potential adopters to help them find a dog that matches their needs and lifestyle.
By mid-afternoon, the dogs are returned to their inside kennels where they begin to settle for the night. They eat their dinner and receive toys for the night. During the hot season, they might even get a frozen Kong or pupcicle as an extra cool treat!