In early 2013, tornado winds destroyed a newly established nonprofit animal rescue and rehabilitation center in Bethel Acres. Hundreds of volunteers have since contributed to the ranch’s rejuvenation.

In early 2013, tornado winds destroyed a newly established nonprofit animal rescue and rehabilitation center in Bethel Acres. Hundreds of volunteers have since contributed to the ranch’s rejuvenation.

Maeghan Hadley, founder of 1 Day Ranch, said the animal sanctuary and therapy program could launch in early April.

The rebuild project first blossomed in September, when scores of volunteers flocked to the damaged site for a united event. New York Says Thank You (NYSTY), in collaboration with Jewish Disaster Response Corps and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, helped spark interest in the renovation.

“New York Says Thank You does a service project every year on 9/11 to commemorate the National Day of Service,” Hadley explained. “Something to make a positive impact on the community.”

The event led to the completion of the barn’s main portion.

“We still have to finish the sheetrock,” Hadley noted. “We have supplies already, it’s just getting it done. We need volunteers with the knowledge and ability. It’s out of my realm of doing.”

Also on the task list is baseboard and trim work for the facility’s office and classroom.

“Then we’ll be painting and moving everything in there,” Hadley said.

The most essential undertaking that remains is the fence lining the property’s front. The no-kill rescue ranch is currently home to 15 dogs, 2 goats, 3 pigs, a donkey and 14 horses. The animals inhabit makeshift space during fence and facility construction, lending to a challenging reality.

“We’re making the best out of it,” Hadley explained. “Horses are clever, though. They like to find ways to escape.”

She said the organization is currently seeking good deals on bathroom products, adding the ranch still lacks a hot water heater, and an ADA-compliant toilet and sink.

“Obviously the horses don’t care,” Hadley joked, “but people tend to want a bathroom too.”

Beyond construction needs, available volunteer opportunities extend to all skill sets.

“We have hours of just general cleanup ahead of us,” Hadley detailed. “The scraps and building material. Stuff you don’t really think about.”

Hadley expressed immense gratitude to all the groups and individuals that have already contributed to the project.

“We’ve had so much awesome help getting to this point,” she said.

To contact 1 Day Ranch, call Hadley at 405-226-1946 or visit www.1DayRanch.org.