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Local shelter selected for facelift

Pedigree dog food brand and awarded Homeward Animal Shelter with a grant to renovate its facilities. 2 / 2

A local animal shelter is getting some national attention.

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

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.

Catherine Ross

Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!

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