Big Sunday at Castaic Animal Shelter

by CJ McGrath, Staff Writer 353 views0

Over 200 volunteers worked together to clean up the Castaic Animal Shelter during big Sunday Weekend in May.

The cleanup was broken down in to 35 main projects. The shelter received a fresh coat of paint along with inviting murals of animals. Misters were installed on top of the dog runs and the horse stables to keep animals cool in the summer. The reptile room was reorganized and repainted bright green. Two new dog runs were installed along with an outdoor turtle habitat.

The shelter can hold up to 150 animals, reptiles, horses, and livestock along with cats and dogs. The shelter was built in the 1970’s.The shelter proudly serves Santa Clarita Valley, Acton, Agua Dulce, Gorman, and the San Fernando Valley.

Big Sunday Captain Kimberly Kehl, a local volunteer coordinated this event. Kehl’s main goals were to have the community take part in the project, giving individuals a sense of ownership and pride in the shelter and to make the property inviting.

“Big Sunday’s mission is not just community service, but also community building,” said Founder and Executive Director David T. Levinson.

50,000 volunteers participated in Big Sunday weekend on 500 projects in California.

The Big Sunday organization chose projects through an online application proses. Chosen applicants received publicity, a small amount of funding, Big Sunday T-shirts and volunteers for the event.

Along with the donation from Big Sunday organization, volunteers raised money by holding car washes and received donations of money and supplies for the projects.