Welcome to the wettest March since records began here in our region (if you trust some news sources)!
The photos above should give you an idea of life at the shelter during March, trust me, it has been awful for the dogs. The volunteers still show up twice every day to mop up, towel dry the dogs and give them their much needed walks and food. Just think how many towels and bedding we have got through trying to make sure night time is a dry one for each and every dog.
Not all of our kennels leak, but most do! So onto the subject of this post … our kennel rebuild program. This month has reminded us so much why we need to get ALL kennels watertight, build new walls, new roofs and redo flooring so that if water comes in, it actually runs out again, rather than just pooling inside the kennel. All these issues we are currently experiencing.
In terms of the rebuild project, the walls and fencing are complete, which is wonderful news. So now we are entering a phase where we have invited several local builders to come and quote for the next stage of the works we need doing. These are, first, moving our quarantine kennels to the back of the shelter and renovating the kennels there to make them fit for this purpose. Second, renovating the main 6 large kennels at the front of the shelter, and lastly we will also discuss ideas for renovating / remodelling the other 6 smaller kennels at the front of the shelter. I expect this will take up most of April … and we hope by the end of next month we will have two or three quotes from local companies who can do the work as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we will patch up and do the best we can with what we have, oh and of course sing and dance when the sun finally makes it much anticipated reappearance.
Many of you have already donated money to help us do this work, which is hugely appreciated. We are always grateful for contributions, this work will cost us a lot … so if you would like to help, please see here for ways to donate.