Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America

by Petfinder Foundation
Aug 28, 2012

We Just Changed Life for Shelter Dogs in Michigan

Painting tires for the agility course
Painting tires for the agility course

The Petfinder Foundation's Rescue U volunteers just finished a massive renovation project at the Humane Society of West Michigan in Grand Rapids! In just one week (Aug. 18-24), they completed the following projects:

  • A new dog agility course: We put in an agility course and play area in a space that had been just a big, fenced-in area. Now the dogs have plenty of activities to occupy them when they go to the yard to play.
  • AstroTurf to protect paws: Some dog runs in the back of the shelter had a pea-gravel base that got really hot in the summer and burned the dogs' paws, so we replaced it with AstroTurf (which is also much easier for the staff to clean).
  • Sound baffling to lower stress: Inside the shelter, the area where the dogs are housed was extremely noisy, which stressed the dogs, so we installed sound baffling in the kennels to stop the echo.
  • Organizational shelving: We added shelving to organize the shelter’s pet-food bank program, the Kibble Konnection, which helps low-income pet parents provide food for their pets.
  • A new sanitation barrier: To help prevent the spread of disease among cats, we installed a sanitation barrier in the cat-intake area. A sheet of plastic resembling a shower curtain now hangs between the stacks of cages so that when cats sneeze and cough, they don’t transmit upper-respiratory infections to the cats in the cages across from them.
  • Painting and organizing: We also painted and organized the reception/admitting area and the vet clinic.

All these improvements will make a big difference in the physical and mental well-being of the pets at the shelter - which in turn will make it easier for them to find forever homes!

Painting the cat-intake area
Painting the cat-intake area
A dog tries out the agility course
A dog tries out the agility course



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Petfinder Foundation

Location: Tucson, AZ - USA
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Emily Fromm
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Tucson, AZ United States
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