BURTON — The Humane Society of Genesee County hopes to replace its aging dog kennels with a matching grant being given to them by an anonymous owner – a project they are calling Project Bow Wow Bungalows.
The Humane Society of Genesee County, G-3325 S. Dort Hwy., provides housing, care, food and shelter to nearly 175 animals everyday as they await their new adoptive home.
The existing dog kennels are nearly 30 years old and are in need of replacement. After years of use and cleaning, they unsafe for animals, staff and volunteers, said Terry Ashley, director of the Humane Society of Genesee County.
The Humane Society has received a challenge grant to begin this project from an anonymous donor of $12,500. They just need to raise the first $12,500, said Ashley.
Lin Holmes, adoption team leader, the Humane Society of Genesee County adopted out more than 2,000 animals a year and while those animals are cared for by the organization, they nedd to be well taken care of.
“While they’re here, we need to make sure they are in a safe environment,” said Holmes, who has worked with the Humane Society for 11 years. “We had one dog who spent 10 months here and he just found a home.”
Holmes said the grant and matching funds will make it so the Humane Society can buy updated kennels that don’t require constant repairs. New cages must also be safe for the animals, potential adopters and staff.
The new kennels will be constructed of stainless steel, easily cleaned and easy to access for their dogs, staff and volunteers.
Ultimately, Holmes said the Humane Society’s goal is to replace all 40-plus kennels in the building at a total cost of $80,000. The current challenge will count as the first phase of the kennel replacement.
“We hope dog and cat lovers will help us in achieving our goals,” said Holmes. “Our goal is to make these pets as comfortable as we can.”
The deadline to meet this challenge is April 28. Donations can be made on the Humane Society’s website home page at www.geneseehumane.org.