Oklahoma City teen cooks up a project for animal welfare group

As part of her bat mitzvah community service project, Rachel Rose of Oklahoma City has raised money for the Central Oklahoma Humane Society by baking and selling dog biscuits.
by Carla Hinton Modified: October 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm •  Published: October 13, 2012

Rose said the dog treats seemed like a win-win idea in many ways because Rachel was required to complete a tzedakah project to raise money for the charity of her choice.

Plus, she and Rachel said their family members and friends have responded enthusiastically to the project and dogs seem to love the treats.

“Even the pickiest dogs like our biscuits,” Rachel said.

Rachel said she started baking the biscuits in June with flavors like sweet potato molasses, mint parsley, carrot-garlic, apple and peanut butter-banana. Most of the treats were made in a family friend's large restaurant kitchen where the mother-daughter baking team could use larger mixers and ovens.

“We're keeping Whole Foods in business,” her mother said, laughing.

“Every biscuit is made with love.”

Amy Shrodes, manager of development for the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, said her organization is pleased to be on the receiving end of Rachel's compassion for animals and her tzedakah project.

“Rachel's generation is really the one that will be the next one to lead our community in treating animals respectfully and maintaining our no-kill status once we get there,” Shrodes said.

“We really value people in her age range who want to work with us, whether they want to volunteer or raise money or do something else. There's a lot of different ways for young people to get involved.”

Meanwhile, Rachel is not sure if she will make more treats but she thinks she might.

Her mother said they are now busy getting ready for her bat mitzvah ceremony.

However, she said they have amassed quite a collection of cookie cutters so they might make dog treats to sell to friends looking for gifts for Hanukkah and other special occasions.


by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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