Franklin County Animal Shelter

The NC158 Leadership team created an extreme makeover of The Franklin County Animal Shelter’s outdoor areas. The project consisted of transforming the existing outdoor area to create a fun environment for the dogs to get exercise and escape the confines of the indoor shelter environment. The goal was to create a space to instill peace, joy, and a state of play for the animals of the shelter, for the shelter’s volunteers, and for the families who come to adopt new pets. This project provided: 1/3 mile walking trails through the woods complete with two signs (The Tail Trail and Paw Print Path); a 40x80 foot dog park made of artificial turf, a bullpen for safe entry, tires for dogs to play on, two 20x20 foot sunshades, three dog pools, two benches; and a puppy playpen. The dogpark also added elements to allow for proper drainage around the outdoor areas for erosion control – erosion barriers around the back perimeter of the park, straw wattle, and a rock “creek” drainage path to absorb moisture. In addition, an animal care class was held over the weekend and attended by roughly thirty people. Over the course of the weekend, thirteen dogs and one cat were adopted. In addition, seven dogs were pulled by rescues. Budget: $200,000.

Building a 1/3 mile trail through the woods so that workers and prospective owners could walk the dogs.

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Installing the 40x80 foot dog park made of artificial turf.

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This project was made possible completely through the generous contributions of monetary and material donations. All work was provided by volunteers. Over 100 individuals volunteered at the project throughout the weekend. Monetary donations were collected by over 60 individuals.  The total project budget was roughly $200K.

Major Donations of over $500
Woodchuck Tree Services- Chuck Barth
We Do Concrete Cheap- Eric Parker
JTs Landscaping- Evan Barrows
Vanore Stump Removal-Johnny Vanore
Stormwater Management Systems- Jim McVey
Apex Fence Builders- Kevin Tschopp
Five County Portable Restrooms- Hugh Williams
Eco Turf – Andy Smith
Cleaton Transport
JH Faulkner Haulers
Louisburg Tractor
Signarama
RS Global
Turf Factory Direct
Global Industrial
Home Depot
Walmart
Lowes
Ace Hardware
Bateman Civil Survey Company (BCSC)
Paws in the City
Sunbelt Equipment Rentals
Triad Equipment
Vitaly Teslia
Bradley Berkson