Animal Shelter Bed Drive

Over the last couple of months I have spent many hours volunteering at our local animal shelter. I have the opportunity to get dogs out of the kennels, walk them, take them out in the back so they can play, and also show them off to new potential adopters.
 
The animal shelter is funded by tax payer dollars, and the shelter is only required to provide the minimum standard of daily care is recommended by the American Veterniary Society. They are provided kennels with food and water. On the adoptable side of the kennel there are approximately 100 kennels full with one dog each on the rare occasion sometimes two dogs each.
 
There is also an isolation wing of the kennel. I think there is about maybe 40 kennels on that side, but I don't get to go over there and that's just a guess. Not all of the kennels on the adoptable side of the shelter have beds for the dogs. The beds are called Kuranda beds. They are constructed out of PVC and vinyl and are elevated about 3 to 4 inches. This allows a dog to get up off the concrete and it's a soft place for them to rest and sleep.
 
 
We as a group of volunteers decided that we wanted to raise money and furnish all of the kennels with the Kuranda beds. It was estimated that we needed at least 30 Kuranda beds to make sure all the kennels had a bed for the dogs. The Kuranda company worked with us and provided special pricing for our event. With shipping the beds came to a total of $61 each. They are guaranteed for year and they are really quite durable.
 
The quickest and best way for us to do that was to have a yard sale. We scheduled a yard sale and it happened about two weeks ago. We had tons and tons of stuff to sell. We consider ourselves very successful with the sale as we raise close to $600.00. We had anonymous donors who graciously met and matched what we raised at the yard sale. There were also a local rescue that stepped up and donated seven Kuranda beds to our cause as well.
 

This is what my SUV looks like this morning! 28 Kuranda Beds headed to the shelter for an assembly party!

 

 

And after the assembly party, we had this to show for our efforts!

 

Now thanks to dedicated volunteers and a generous community,all the shelter dogs have a bed to sleep on.

 

 

My New Foster Pup

 

Welcome Shelby Mae! Shelby Mae is a senior beagle mix ( with blue tick maybe) and she is staying with us while under going heartworm treatment.

 

I am fostering her for our local animal shelter which is where I also volunteer a couple of days a week. Shelby Mae has been in the shelter about a month and was getting down in the dumps too. Initially, that is my primary reason for fostering her. It was only yesterday that I found out she was heartworm positive.

 

So far she is adjusting pretty well. My other two dogs are slowly accepting her into our pack. Mostly it is my Papillion that is having a bit of a struggle with the new addition. She is a bit territorial and thinks she runs the place.

 

Our local shelter is overflowing with cats and dogs. The shelter is also struggling with a lot of bad press. The shelter changed hands from being run by the County commissioners to being run by the sheriffs Department of this county. They recently hired a new director, the third one in about three years and she only lasted nine days.

 

The shelter is trying to build an image of being a low kill or no kill shelter. So what happens the first week? The new director puts down 20 animals in one day. (Rumor has it that she put down 147 animals in one week, but that is just the rumor) The new director was fired the very next day. Social media got a hold of that information and the story has been getting attention world wide.

 

Meanwhile, all this attention is being focused on the people involved but it seems as if the dogs and cats are not getting the attention they deserve. Our small group of volunteers is still working to get the animals photographed, put on the adopt a pet website, and to make sure that we can get them all out for a walk or get them out in the pen in the back so they can run and play in the grass.

 

  • Have you fostered a dog or cat?


  • Have you adopted from an animal shelter?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repairs and Updates

When we brought our current home we're living in three years ago we bought it with the expectation that we would be spending money on at least three majors areas.

 

Our first priority was to fix the roof leak permanently. Back when we were looking at this house we've noticed and the home inspector noticed that there was a roof leak where the front porch was added onto the house. At the time the homeowner ” fixed” it enough so that we would be able to pass inspection.

 

About five months ago during spring, and before the summer rains came we invested about $3000 into patching the hole where the roof meets the front porch, and there was a smaller hole where multiple satellite dishes were over the garage.

 

Additionally we had one of the back buildings reroofed, to match the shingles on the front house. All in all, it was a worthwhile investment as this summer we've had extremely heavy rains. Without the roof repair we would have to have a bucket to catch all the rainwater that would be coming in one of the front bedrooms.

 

 

 

Our next expenditure was replacing all the windows. The Windows that were originally in the house were regular contractor grade windows. They did not keep the heat out and they were just plain ugly.

 

 

Our home sits where it meets the sun in the morning in the East and in the afternoon we get the afternoon from the west. Much like our home previous to this one we get direct heat all day long from the sun. I love the new windows! They let in all the light, but not all the heat!

 

Next on our list to repair was our drainfield. Our house is on a septic tank/ drainfield and when we bought the house, we knew that the original drainfield was on borrowed time. It finally gave up the ghost last week and we had it replaced as well.

 

 

Nothing like a big hole in your front yard, right? The field passed inspection and is all covered up. We need to put down some grass seed or sod and get it back to an all green yard.

 

This week, there will be priming and painting of the bedroom that has the roof leak. All the drywall has been replaced and now we can move forward on that room too.

 

There are a few more projects to complete before the end of the year. The porch also had a leak, but that drywall has been replaced. It needs one more coat of mud and then we can paint that too.

 

Oh, I almost forgot! We have a brand new AC system setting in the garage that will be replacing the original AC of 23 years. My husband can install it by himself, which saves a ton of money. He is waiting on cooler weather before he does that. So far, the original AC has been holding up pretty good. And yes, we still have our AC running. The temps during the day are in the night 80's to low 90's.

 

  • What have you had to replace in your home this year?
  • Have you upgraded your windows and did you notice an improvement in the power bill?

 

  • Septic or sewer?

 

 

 

Will they survive?

The Christmas cactus, that is.

 

I have a Christmas cactus that was given to me about 5 years ago via a secret Santa event at work. This plant is the most resilient plant in my home. It has survived no matter how much I neglected it. I am not the best plant caregiver.

 

 

It has been my goal to get the cactus replanted into a bigger and better pot. I have been waiting to find a couple of nice clay pots at a thrift store or garage sale.

 

 

 
Last weekend, I found four pots ( only three in this picture) for $1.00. Such a deal!!

 

 

 

The original Christmas cactus was root bound. I separated it into pieces hoping like heck that all the pieces will survive the transition. Fresh pitting soil was added to each pot and the pieces of cacti were planted and watered.

 

Will they survive?? Oh, I hope so!! I love the flowers that these plants produce.

 

It has been a week since the re-homing of the cacti. The plants pretty much still look the same. Fingers crossed!

 

 

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