Yesterday, I journeyed out to 1 Day Ranch, a nonprofit animal rescue and rehabilitation center in Bethel Acres.

Yesterday, I journeyed out to 1 Day Ranch, a nonprofit animal rescue and rehabilitation center in Bethel Acres.

Hundreds of volunteers from across the nation recently filtered into Shawnee to reconstruct the animal sanctuary, which was damaged by tornado winds last year.

Organization founder Maeghan Hadley informed me a downpour of rain on the final day of the rebuild event halted construction. I had no idea and arrived at the ranch yesterday with expectations of a barn filled with animals.

New York Says Thank You, a group largely responsible for the renovation, is still in constant contact with Maeghan. In fact, the facility is on a path to completion. It has to be.

As winter nears, protection from the cold will be a necessity. I love animals and support animal adoption, so I hope to see Maeghan’s dream come to fruition quickly.

My favorite part of this ranch is its quirkiness. Canines are only part of a larger club of lovable misfits. At one point, the rescue housed horses, goats, donkeys, a pig and a llama.

A llama! I would really like to meet the person who seeks out and adopts a llama. That seems to me like a peculiar animal quest… but llamas need lovin’ too.

The organization plans to launch an equine therapy program in the spring. It will be designed to benefit children and adults, including veterans. This objective of the ranch is very dear to me, and I hope it is endlessly successful.

I have veterans in my life and know these types of programs can offer something invaluable.

Additional volunteers, Maeghan told me, would greatly help complete the facility before freezing temperatures arrive. Even incomplete, though, the ranch looks impressive.

Stalls with wood and iron doors make up the barn, and a riding arena is settled in the field.

I imagine the finished project as a large animal playground and, to the animals, I’m sure it will be. I love the components of this nonprofit and nonprofits like it… though I don’t think an identical one exists. Not one with a llama, anyway.