Here at Newberg Animal Shelter, we have outdoor kennels so our dogs can go outside, use the bathroom, play and simply be able to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Our northside kennels are made up of rock. Over the course of the last few years, it is quite difficult to keep using the northside kennels because the puppies and dogs dig trying to get out and run. We have seen dogs get their heads caught under the gate after they have dug holes. Our puppies have been caught eating the rocks, so as you can see, this is very dangerous for our dogs and puppies. In the end of 2022, we went out for bids on what the costs would be to get concrete poured in our northside kennels. After we received all the bids, we applied for a grant through our local Early Bird Rotary Club and were awarded half of what the total project would cost. We then sent out pleas to the public and our generous board members and volunteers also asked for birthday gifts to be in the form of donations for the Concrete Project through their facebook accounts. The public came through along with our staff, board members and volunteers to make this happen.
Then we realized that it was rainy season here in Oregon, so the concrete company gave us the bad news... which was we would have to wait until the summer when the ground hardened before they could complete the project. Well, here we are in June and I am very happy to report that the concrete will be ready to pour in the next week or so.
Thanks to the generosity of the public, the board members, volunteers and staff, the concrete is ready to be poured! Now all our animals who go out to the northside kennels will be safe and better sanitized moving forward.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this very important project!
The Heating and Cooling project for the back kennels for our sweet canine friends has finally been completed! I am so happy to announce that after a very long wait, the heat and cooling system is now in full operations. The unit was turned on in January 2023. Now when you walk in the door into the kennel area, it is nice a comfortable for not only our canine friends, but also it is nice to see the staff not freezing back there.
We have 6 garage bay doors in the back kennel area, which we are working very hard to get the funding to seal them better so our new HVAC system can work efficiently and our gas and electric bills will become affordable.
I cannot thank those who donate to us for all the projects that we are working on in order to keep our animals comfortable, healthy, safe not to mention keeping our staff safe as well.
We have many projects in the works, from installing ceilings on our cattery rooms, pouring concrete in our outdoor kennel areas,to upgrading our electrical system in the building.
As you all know, our four legged canine companions have no HVAC heating and cooling system. The floor heat that is provided keeps the floor warm but cannot provide a comfortable living space where they sleep and live. This last summer, our outdoor temperatures went as high as 103 degrees, so you can only imagine how difficult it was to keep our dogs cool. The staff worked so incredibly hard cooling the dogs by using blocks of ice, swimming pools, hosing the pups down with sprinklers and having fans running non-stop.
In the winter we are not able to keep tiny dogs in the dog kennel area. Small dogs like our little chihuahua's need a central heating system to keep them warm. We sometimes set up kennels in our lobby offices so they stay warm and comfortable.
I am very excited to announce that phase 1 of our project is almost completed. The duct work is installed, the gas line is set, and the rebarb is in ready for the concrete. We are now waiting on the actual unit that will be arriving in November. We are still in need of funding for Phase 2 & 3 of our HVAC System.
With your support we continue to improve our shelter and the care we are able to provide the animals.
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