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Welcoming all 9th-12th Grade Students to Apply.

Registration: April 25th - August 1st 2024

Acceptance Notifications August 14th

First Day of Class: Saturday September 7th 11AM-5PM
(Every first Saturday of the month thereafter.)

We will accept the five (5) most eligible students into the program based on application response.

Click below to register and select Ohio, Lucas County: The Good Shepherd Animal Sanctuary


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Elle Cox



Amber LeFever



Kaitlin Wertzbaugher


What is LEAP? LEAP is a student internship program that is a wonderful alternative to traditional agriculture student programs. It focuses on teaching the next generation of change makers on ways to effectively care for animals and the planet. Students learn hands on skills, coupled with curriculum designed to help them tackle a wide array of eco issues. Consider signing up your student today!

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Instructor Elle is the founder of The Good Shepherd Animal Sanctuary. She has worked in Animal Advocacy and Rescue for 15 years. Before founding The Good Shepherd, Elle spent two years as a church youth leader and a nanny to a family for 2 year old. She works with her husband at Lead Foot Customs and is the main caretaker at the sanctuary. When not working at The Good Shepherd, Elle enjoys camping with family and attending car shows.

Growing up on a farm sparked  Instructor Amber’s love for all animals, which has led her to advocacy. In addition to being treasurer of the board and volunteer for The Good Shepherd, she has a houseful of rescue animals.

When she’s not working with animals, Amber is a full time artist specializing in painting and fibers. She has her BFA in 2D Studies/Art Education and taught art for 8 years. She also loves comedy and vegan hot dogs.

Instructor Kaitlin has worked the last three years at The Good Shepherd as a volunteer, team lead and board member. She currently serves as the Sanctuary Vice President, and helps oversee volunteer programs. Kaitlin has a bachelor's degree in business and has 4 years experience as a youth camp counselor. When not at The Sanctuary, Kaitlin can be found spending time with her 6 cats and working in her garden.

Schedule and Classes

Curriculum Classes and Workshops:

First LEAP Class: Saturday September 7th 2024

Saturday October 5th 2024

Saturday November 2nd 2024

Saturday December 7th 2024

Saturday January 4th 2025

Saturday February 1st 2025

Saturday March 1st 2025

Saturday April 5th 2025

Saturday May 3rd 2025

Final Project Day: Saturday June 7th 2025


Volunteer Hours Available Every Saturday 12-4 PM after initial curriculum class.

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