Members of the Salisbury High School Pet Project got a helping hand from Debbie Eaglebarger of Second Chance Pet Rescue Thursday when she taught them how to make homemade dog food.

It's a lot healthier and nutritious and it doesn't take a lot of time, Eaglebarger said. It's just like people food. The more food has been processed the less nutrition it has.

The group, which has about a dozen students involved, has decided to volunteer at the Tehama County Animal Shelter on Walnut Street, said teacher Lynne Imel who is in charge of the project along with Hailey Ford.

Eaglebarger shared a raw food diet recipe with students, asking them help her make it in the classroom so they would have an idea of what a pound of dog food looks like.

Dogs on her raw food diet should be fed a pound a day of the mixture for every 50 pounds of weight and the recipe should be cut down to half a pound a day if the dog is fed twice a day.

You can use leftovers, Eaglebarger said.

Spinach, watermelon, lettuce or pears with no seeds. It's kind of whatever you have in the fridge.

Raw meat such as hamburger or even chicken, bones an all, can be used. Chicken bones, when cooked, snap more easily and can harm a dog.

While dogs love fruits and vegetables, some parts of the items are not good for dogs, such as pear, plum, peach and apricot seeds and potato peelings. Other things like grapes should be avoided altogether, Eaglebarger said.

Foods to avoid include onions and garlic, raisins, chocolate, coffee grounds, coffee beans, tea, tomato plant leaves and stems, rhubarb leaves, alcohol, yeast doughs, macadamia nuts, avocados, mushrooms and raw salmon.

Eaglebarger spoke about the Corning Animal Shelter, proudly noting it had not had to euthanize a dog to make room in five years.

While no dogs have been put down the shelter is getting crowded with a steady stream of dogs coming in as fast as others are adopted out. There has been an average of 30 dogs a month since January.

Eaglebarger talked about the spay and neuter program, which includes a $20 copay for pit bulls.

There is a low-cost spay and neuter program for cats through the Friends of Felines program of $25 for males and $30 for females. Proceeds go to a trap, alter and release program.

Second Chance Pet Rescue has obedience classes taught by Eaglebarger, which include a good citizen evaluation that shows the dog can respond to basic commands like sit and stay. Obedience classes are free for pit bulls.

For more information, call 824-7054 or 824-1985 or visit www.second-chance-pets.org.

Raw Food Diet For Dogs

3 pounds ground beef, 1 zucchini, 1 peeled red potato, 2 raw eggs, 1 tomato, 1- 2 apples cored with no seeds, 2 carrots, 1/2 to 1 cup small broccoli floweret.

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Staff Writer Julie Zeeb can be reached at 527-2153, extension 115, or at jzeeb@redbluffdailynews.com