Kern River Conservancy, SOS Dog Rescue team up to clean up graffiti

Photo courtesy of Gary Ananian
SOS Dog Rescue Founder Robbie Miller helps clean graffiti off rocks.

By Julie Giyer

A few nonprofit organizations in the area worked together in late August to clean up graffiti in the Kern River Valley.

Gary Ananian, founder of Kern River Conservancy; and Robbie Miller, founder of SOS Dog Rescue; worked together to clean up graffiti left along the rocks in the Kern Canyon. They spent three hours on the morning of Aug. 27 covering up the defaced rocks.

Ananian and his group do graffiti cleanups on a monthly basis and also contribute to the fight against trash. Additionally, the group raises funds to help with maintenance of the Kern River’s recreational and camping areas.

“You can help keep the mighty Kern clean with a donation of any amount to keep our volunteers paddling toward success,” Ananian wrote on Kern River Conservancy Facebook page.

Kern River Conservancy has The Great Kern River Cleanup on its radar. The volunteer event, which is coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, focuses on removing trash in the Sequoia National Forest. It’s scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Founded in 2013, Kern River Conservancy works with organizations in Kern and Tulare counties, as well as the Sequoia National Forest.

SOS Dog Rescue rescues and rehabilitates shelter dogs and works to place them in their forever homes. The non-profit also works to raise awareness of no-kill shelters.

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