This Sunday volunteers will be teaming up with the Greater Good and Pedigree to make improvements at the Albany Humane Society that will have a positive impact on animals like this dog, who call the shelter home. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)
ALBANY —Thanks to financial support from one of the country’s largest pet food producers and global charity the Greater Good, animals and staff at Albany’s Humane Society will receive much-needed shelter improvements.
The Albany Humane Society announced that volunteers are needed at its facility on Oakridge Drive Sunday to help Pedigree and the Greater Good make improvements.
Donna Strickland, executive director of the humane society, said that the shelter was awarded a grant presented by the Greater Good and Pedigree that will provide $5,000 worth of dog food and $5,000 toward property improvements.
The Greater Good, through it’s partner organizations Animal Lifeline and The Animal Rescue Site has been working with Pedigree food to help improve animal shelters nationwide, through a grant and volunteer program. Shelters in need apply for the program and are chosen based on need.
“We ecstatic that we were chosen as a shelter to receive this grant,” said Strickland. “Peggy Davis (shelter administrator) came across this grant and we applied for it near the beginning of this year. We’re really proud of her for finding it.”
Strickland said that she will be meeting with representatives Saturday, as well as with a builder from Auburn, Ala., to determine the exact scope of the work that will be performed.
In the meantime Strickland said the shelter is looking for volunteers ages 18 and older to commit to helping with the work, which more than likely will included the building of storage rooms, landscaping on the grounds and making improvements such as painting, hanging shelves and building benches.
“We’ll be doing what is most needed that we can do,” Strickland said. “The regular staff members spend almost of their time taking care of the day to day needs of the animals that we aren’t able to do this kind of stuff, so the volunteers are really needed.”
As of Friday morning, about 15 people had already signed up to help but Strickland said the shelter could use even more. Anyone interested in signing up needs to do so via the Iinternet HERE.
Volunteers are being asked to plan for the entire day beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m., weather permitting. Lunch for the volunteers will be provided. Anyone with certain dietary restrictions should bring their own meal. No previous building, landscaping or other skills are required in order to help.
Organizers have asked that volunteers simply wear appropriate clothing and bring gloves and a healthy love of animals.
Strickland also pointed out that anyone concerned about coming to the shelter to help out due to the recent canine distemper quarantine need not be as the quarantined was lifted.
“We’ve been completely cleared,” said Strickland. “It took us three months from the time the first dog tested positive. But we didn’t lose a single dog to the disease. We’re very proud of that.
Anyone wanting to learn more about the Albany Humane Society and its programs can visit its website HERE.