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Community Members Rally To Provide Ice Blocks For Santa Clarita Animal Shelters, Volunteers Needed

A group of Santa Clarita community members are asking for additional volunteers to help deliver ice to the Castaic Animal Shelter in an effort to help keep adoptable pets cool during summer months.

Each day of the week, community members throughout Los Angeles County including Santa Clarita bring ice blocks and cubes to animal shelters in efforts to keep pets cool, said Merryjayne Machado, a Santa Clarita resident and volunteer.

“Our community here in the Santa Clarita Valley is the best in supporting our shelters,” Machado said.

With the current heatwave that is over the Santa Clarita Valley, these volunteers are doing what they can to help keep adoptable pets at L.A. County shelters cool.

Machado and her crew are working to get ice machines and freezers installed at animal shelters, however, until that happens, volunteers go to different locations to purchase ice to deliver to animal shelters.

Each day, volunteers go to Newhall Ice and purchase 300 pounds — 30 ice blocks — in addition to bags of cubed ice, according to officials.

This ice is brought to the Castaic Animal Shelter and is placed in different animal kennels to help keep animals cool.

“Each animal gets an ice block in their kennel,” Machado said. “The individual ice cubes are used to cool the ground down to assist them in keeping cool.”

 

The ice is also placed in small pools that animals can go into to stay cool.

“Animals do not sweat,” Machado said.

They stay cool by panting, and being in cool areas or water.

Not only does Machado help because she cares about the animals’ health, but she wants them to be happy, so when people wanting to adopt pets go to the shelters, they see happy animals instead of animals tired from being overheated, she said.

Machado and her crew are in need of volunteers who have a car and are able to drive to assist in delivering ice to the Castaic Animal shelter.

Those interested in volunteering can reach Machado by emailing her at merryjaynemachado@yahoo.com.

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Community Members Rally To Provide Ice Blocks For Santa Clarita Animal Shelters, Volunteers Needed

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Louie was born and raised in Santa Clarita. At the age of two Louie lost his vision due to a brain tumor. However, Louie doesn't let blindness stop him from doing what ever it is he wants to accomplish. Growing up some of his favorite hobbies were wood working, fishing and riding bikes. Louie graduated from College of the Canyon in December of 2017, with a Broadcast Journalism degree. Growing up Louie has always wanted to be a fire fighter or a police officer, but because of his blindness Louie knew that wouldn't work. Louie has always loved listening to police and fire radio traffic, using a scanner, and he figured if he was going to listen to the scanner so much, he should do something with it.