The Petfinder Foundation’s Rescue U was in Tavares, FL, at Lake County Animal Services from March 9-15 performing some much-needed renovations. Volunteers from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New Jersey and Florida rolled up their sleeves.
Previously there were only two small outdoor play areas for the dogs at the shelter, which severely limited the amount of play and exercise time each dog is able to get. Rescue U built a brand new 50’x70’ outdoor exercise pen. This means a significant increase in the amount of time each dog gets outside, making the dogs happier, healthier and more adoptable.
Rescue U also made general fencing repairs throughout the shelter. Several of the cat and dog kennels were in need of repair, and the industrial perimeter fence needed to be replaced in some areas. Our Rescue U volunteers fixed this for Lake County Animal Services to make sure their kennels are safe and their perimeter is secure.
The cats at the shelter got a special focus on this trip. Not only were their kennels repaired where needed, but the cat room got a fresh coat of paint, and a mural to brighten up the mood of the room for potential adopters!
The Petfinder Foundation also built two outdoor cat play areas. These areas will vastly improve the quality of life of the cats at the shelter, allowing them a safe, stress-free place to stretch and play outside. This will reduce upper respiratory infections and other communicable disease and make the cats at the shelter much more adoptable.
Next up: Rescue U heads to P.U.R.R. West Virginia in Grafton from May 21 to June 1. The work will involve a lot of cleaning, paint prep-work, painting, hanging Fiberglass wall covering and reorganizing.
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