Stephanie's Heroes: Orange County Youth Council

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

April 16, 2012

Wearing a badge and carrying handcuffs, members of the Orange County Youth Council (OCYC) are on a serious mission. They're arresting nearly a dozen local leaders, including the county treasurer Phyllis Yancy and commissioner of revenue Donna Chewning.

Once the students successfully cart them off to jail, the volunteer inmates are behind bars until the make bail, which, in this case, is a $100 donation to benefit the Emergency Vet Fund at the Orange County Animal Shelter.

"A lot of the applicants were talking about animal safety and animal rights, and it just got us thinking that we do so much for the people in the community, why not help the animals too," said Campbell McCord, chairman of the OCYC.

The shelter's director, Beth Hamilton, says the financial boost will definitely go a long way.

"X-rays can run about $100 and heart worm treatment can be several hundred [dollars]. Just one injection of a pain medication might be $20, so every little bit does something to help an animal," she said.

Not only are students raising money, they're also volunteering their time to care for dogs at the shelter. McCord says the best part is giving back to the community, "Just knowing that we've helped better [the animals'] lives doing this and that they can live a happy life."

So with each bail reached, and every dollar raised, these heroes are helping provide medical care for the cats and dogs living at the shelter.

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