Local shelter selected for facelift
A local animal shelter is getting some national attention.
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.