The collection of furry and feathered friends at Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary have two new young supporters.
With the help of their teacher Paul Lowe, River Mill Elementary School third graders Shelby Munds and Aliana Huff raised $1,230.10 for the shelter at 33190 S.E. Regan Hill Road. They began fundraising in January, holding garage sales, and placing donation jars at Gerber Farm Supply and signs about the project around town.
"We were trying to find animal shelters, and we found Out to Pasture. We really liked that they help animals that had been neglected in the past," Shelby said.
"It was really cool finding that here (in Estacada)," Aliana added.
John and Kit Collins started Out to Pasture on their three acres of land in Estacada 16 years ago, to take in animals that would have otherwise been abused or neglected. More than 150 creatures live at the sanctuary, ranging from llamas and roosters to pigs and donkeys.
Both girls agree that the best part of the project was helping the residents of Out to Pasture.
"It was great meeting Kit and John and the animals," Aliana said.
"It was really cool seeing the animals. They were really nice and sweet," Shelby added.
Aliana, Shelby and their parents dropped off the funds during a visit to Out to Pasture on Tuesday, June 22.
They especially enjoyed meeting Tom the turkey, because he follows visitors around, and the giant farm pigs, Barbie and Skipper.
"They're the biggest pigs I've ever seen," Shelby said.
One of the animal sanctuary's smaller pigs, Duane, took the girls on "a wild goose chase."
"We looked all over for him, and he turned out to be in the mud pit," Shelby said.
The funds raised will be used for food and other necessities for the animals at Out to Pasture.
"John and I are impressed with all the hard work the third graders did to raise this money, and their kindness and compassion for the animals living at Out to Pasture," Kit Collins said.
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