While caring for Cookie & her pups, we discovered that while our back area is wonderful in many ways, but challenging in others. It has it's own locked entrance, so we no longer have to walk through the cat adoption area with dogs. It has a garage door that opens into a fenced area where dogs can spend a little time outdoors. It has it's own office area, so volunteers can keep the files & supplies that are dog specific separate from the cat supplies, thus making it easier to maintain. BUT - it is dark without any windows, the floor is in bad repair and hard to clean and the walls are just painted raw wood or painted cinder block. All of which can be fixed with a little ingenuity, a little money and a lot of sweat equity.
Over the last few weeks we have patched the cracks in the floor, prepping the surface and poured the self-leveling underlayment and painted the floor. We didn't raise enough to do the subfloor we needed, but the painting will suffice for a while. We installed a 15x5 kennel with easy access to the ourdoor area and lay down vinyl plank flooring and easy to clean wall panels. The entire project cost us about $700 which we were able to raise. So now we are on to Phase 5 which is replacing the garage door with one that has windows to allow light to come into the area, making it a much more pleasant environment for the dogs as well as potential adopters. While we understand that donating to something like this doesn't seem as important as donating to a particular animal or medical fund, we know that creating an environment that is better for holding dogs will allow us to save more. Can you help?