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Local shelter selected for facelift

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A local animal shelter is getting some national attention.

Pedigree dog food brand and GreaterGood.org awarded Homeward Animal Shelter with a grant to renovate its facilities. 

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Shauna Scott/ Rescue Rebuild: "Shelters like this often barely subsist."

But thanks to some grant money --and a whole lot of elbow grease-- this tiny North Fargo animal shelter is well on its way to thriving.

Nukhet Hendricks/Homeward Animal Shelter: "They are building a couple of new sheds, doing painting... and doing a lot of hard work."

Pedigree Brand and Greater Good award 1 shelter from each state a renovation.

Homeward Animal Shelter --formerly the Fargo-Moorhead Humane Society-- is North Dakota's lucky winner.

The locally run shelter depends solely on grants and community donations.

And says these improvements will honor its mission of "Rescue. Shelter. Protect. Rehome."

Hendricks: "This way we use all of our funds for the care of the animals and then still have a shelter that is functioning well for the animals."

Staff here says simple improvements like fresh paint or new doors can make all the difference to potential adopters.

Hendricks: "When the prospective adopter comes, they feel better being in a place that's freshened up, looks nice and it receives people better."

While they hope the facelift will draw new people in... the ones that are here now are already making a huge difference.

Scott: The community has really supplied a lot of the materials... and they're supplying all of the labor.

Those materials and labor mean clean, safe facilities. And that makes for happy animals.

Scott: A happy dog is a dog that can be adopted.

Last year alone, the shelter rescued more than 8-hundred animals. 

Almost half of those were saved from local pounds.

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