WACO, Texas – The Humane Society of Central Texas is working on one of its biggest projects to date. They are teaming up with local schools and businesses to raise funds for their Community Cares Fund.
Students from Midway High School, TSTC, and local businesses like Harp Design Co. and Home Depot are working together to build dog kennels from the ground up for the first-ever Homes for the Holidays event.
“To see young people being so proud of it and wanting to help so much is good for animal welfare for the future,” said Mike Gray, community and brand manager for the Humane Society of Central Texas.
There will be almost 40 niches that will be for sale this weekend.
“Different companies and schools have given their time to build dog kennels and some of these dog kennels, let me tell you, they are very elaborate,” Gray said.
Midway donates two houses, TSTC donates 22 houses, and Humane Society event volunteers also donate houses.
“There will be houses at this event that will range from $ 100 to over $ 5,000,” Gray said.
The Humane Society hopes to reach a goal of $ 20,000 to help community members.
“People who are in financial difficulty right now and don’t have the funds to take care of their pet, if they need help with vet bills, or with food or fence repairs,” or training or whatever we can give them as an alternative to have them hand over the animal so they can stay home with their animal, we can help them, ”Gray said.
The best part of it all is that 90-95% of every home is made of scrap wood, because even though something might be considered waste, that doesn’t mean it is.
“The dogs at the shelter are all considered junk, they’re just all kind of thrown like ‘this dog is no good, we don’t need that’ and throw it away, but it’s not true they are not junk like this stuff is not junk wood its a nice functional and funky doghouse and so the dogs here are the same way they are not junk they’re just beautiful creatures, ”Gray said.
The niche sale is Saturday, November 20 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Brotherwell Brewing.