Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 

Kirkpatrick Foundation Grants $25,000 to
BRT Animal Therapeutic Programs

We are so pleased to announce that Boys Ranch Town (BRT) is a recent recipient of a grant for $25,000 from the Kirkpatrick Foundation in Oklahoma City. The Kirkpatrick Foundation is dedicated to supporting the well-being of animals and appreciates  programs that also involve animal therapy. They want to assist animals and the people who care for them while providing public education about animal welfare when possible. “We are happy to get the chance to provide our petting zoo here and in the community again, thanks to the Kirkpatrick Foundation,” says Brent Thackerson, BRT Campus Administrator.

The main goal of our BRT Animal Therapeutic Programs is to help our boys learn responsibility through taking care of dependent animals in a ranch environment. Our animal therapeutic programs include a horse program, and a small animals program for cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, and pigs. In addition to the routine care and feeding chores, boys are encouraged to enter various livestock shows, participate in trail rides and our annual rodeo. We also provide a petting zoo at various community events and invite groups to come out to the ranch for a pre-arranged look at our animals in their home environment.

Boys Ranch Town continues to offer the stability a boy needs at a time when he has no one. The children of Oklahoma continue to struggle as evidenced by a general child well-being ranking of 40th in the 2012 national Kids Count rankings.  There is an ongoing, overwhelming need for safe, effective alternative childcare programs like our Boys Ranch Town.

Many thanks to the Kirkpatrick Foundation for their support.

July, 2013

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