Volunteers ensure that the doghouse not such bad place to be

Posted 5/22/17

A volunteer effort seeks to help needy families keep their canine friends out of the cold and they want in exchange is a photograph.

Buddy’s Builders was founded in 2014 by Kristy Howell and Melodee Jankowski to build dog houses for families in …

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Volunteers ensure that the doghouse not such bad place to be

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A volunteer effort seeks to help needy families keep their canine friends out of the cold and they want in exchange is a photograph.

Buddy’s Builders was founded in 2014 by Kristy Howell and Melodee Jankowski to build dog houses for families in need - low-income families who are responsible pet owners nonetheless.

“Through this collaboration we provide a community support approach to remind the public that animal control is there to help provide resources to maintain families intact,” said Howell.

In exchange for a house, owners must pick up the house and then provide Buddy’s Builders with a picture of the happy dog in their new home, which will be shared with the community.

“During our first year we donated 50 dog houses to families in need. To date, we have built 127 houses for animals in need. With the ever changing weather we experience in Colorado, dogs are in need of shelter year round,” said Howell.

“While all families do not meet income qualifications for a free house, reasonable donations for dog houses to the group allows all animals to be provided for while contributing towards the mission of helping low income families,” said Howell. “If you are a family in need, please contact Buddy’s Builders and we will review your situation to determine if we can help you out.”

Buddy’s Builders works with local animal control officers to locate families in need.

The group’s success comes form tieing into a community of volunteers who build houses as service projects. Numerous kid friendly groups who have used Buddy’s Builders as service projects, constructing houses as a way of teaching kids responsible pet ownership. In addition, they have had an ongoing collaboration with Westminster High School for the past two years.

Local businesses in the area, too have donated materials and supplies for the cause. That lets the group to maintain low construction costs to allow free dog houses to be donated to families in need.

They also accept donations of wood, paint brushes, shingles, carpet and carpet padding that can be used for insulation.

“Many opportunities to volunteer with Buddy’s Builders exist and are welcomed,” Howell said. “We have opportunities for those with construction backgrounds who would like to build, have a truck to transport houses, or even those interested in baking dog biscuits for fundraising events and to give to dog house recipients. If you can volunteer in any capacity Buddy’s Builders will forever be thankful for your time.”

If you would like to organize a build with a group, donate your time or supplies, please contact the group at buddysbuilders@gmail.com or visit their website at https://www.buddysbuilders.org.

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