All Kinds of News for September 14, 2016
The girls at Moonridge Academy love animals! Not only do they love the 4 mini horses, 2 dogs and 2 cats who live at Moonridge Academy, but they also love to volunteer at Best Friends Pet Sanctuary. Every 6 weeks, the girls at Moonridge Academy load up in the vans and make the 90-minute trek to Kanab, UT where Best Friends Pet Sanctuary is located. Best Friends Pet Sanctuary is the largest “no kill” pet sanctuary in the United States.
When the girls arrive at Best Friends, they are assigned a service project to complete. They have weeded, helped make pathways, cleaned the offices, they have filled in trenches, cleaned water buckets and yes, they have even scooped the poop. After completing the service project and lunch, the girls are thrilled when they are able to socialize with different animals. One of the young girls currently living at Moonridge Academy explained, “We get to hold and pet just about any kind of animal you can think of—sheep, goats, bunnies, cats, dogs and birds! My favorite are the bunnies, but I also love the dogs”. Other girls expressed that volunteering at Best Friends is the highlight of their month.
About Moonridge Academy
Moonridge Academy is a CERTS Program in beautiful Southern Utah with 16 beds, and is specifically designed for younger girls, ages 11-14. Younger girls need a younger environment, without the influence of older girls' more sophisticated or advanced issues. Moonridge takes a young approach to therapy and intervention, even our DBT program is taught and delivered at this specific age range level. Moonridge is intensive residential treatment for girls with issues of trauma, emotional regulation, depression, family conflict, and beginning stages of self-harm or substance experimentation. Traditional schooling is provided and Moonridge uses play and laughter to connect, a warm family environment to protect, and deep therapy to inspire and create change.
Moonridge is located in scenic Southern Utah near Cedar City, UT.