“Jersey City in December sounds like a fabulous idea, right? The good news is that the Rescue Rebuild team prepared for the worst weather possible. We bought 98 body warmers and 288 hand warmers to be exact! Double good news: first is that we had warmer more tolerable weather than anticipated and to make it double good news…we now have plenty of body and hand warmers for our colder weather trips coming up.
“Liberty Humane Society recently bought more property to have enough space for all of their animals, as they are currently overflowing in their one building. This “new” property was an old dog shelter that had since been shut down and abandoned for more than five years. Needless to say, it is a good thing that the Rescue Rebuild team are not fancy humans!
“With no heat or electricity installed yet, we had to get creative. Space heaters are a wonderful invention… as are headlamps! Jersey City is close to many of our team members’ hometowns, so friends and family members came to volunteer. It would have just been Director of Rescue Rebuild, Zach, and Program Manager, Kimberly, on their own for this build if recruiting was unsuccessful. Luckily, we, of course, did not tell them the conditions until they came to see it for themselves. The other two of our crew, Bryna and Matthew, were on a different build in Connecticut. Divide and conquer!
“There was lots and lots and lots of welding. We welded all of the gates as well as all of the gate latches, making them very solid and secure. One welding rule, if you are in close vicinity to the welder, is to never look at the flame without eye protection… it can cause harm to your eyes. Rescue Rebuild installed 28 new gates for indoor/outdoor kennels… that is 56 gates total! We replaced twenty-eight guillotine doors so that the dog can have more space and go back and forth from the indoors to the sunshine.
“We also built chain-link lids for all of these kennels. This keeps the dogs from climbing up the chain link gate and hoping up and out. Animals being able to escape from their kennels can be very stressful for both the animal and the staff. With the indoor and outdoor dog kennels complete, hired contractors will be turning it into a second building for Liberty Humane Society to use for overflow. Now, with these new kennels built, it frees up space to renovate the main adoption shelter!” – The Rescue Rebuild Team
Rescue Rebuild is making shelter life more comfortable for pets who are waiting for their forever homes! When you purchase items from the Rescue Rebuild collection in the iHeartDogs store, 20% of the proceeds will help fund projects like these!
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