Volunteers Build Dog Houses for Animals in Need

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MERRIAM, Kan. -- Dozens of people broke out their tool belts on Saturday morning for pets. The program is like Habitat for Humanity but it's for dogs.

The newly built dog houses will go to under served canines in the Kansas City area. People from every walk of live volunteered on Saturday for a common cause.

"I'm here to help any organization that wants to help dogs," said volunteer Rick Robinson.

"I came here because I love animals," said Mia Eckhardt.

Heartland SPCA is calling it Habitat for Paws. Local companies donated materials and money so volunteers could build 25 insulated dog houses. The designer researched all kinds of doggie shelter before coming up with a prototype.

"We have extreme weather, we have cold and hot so I really tried to find something that would serve both those purposes," said Alyssa Myers.

The doghouse designer's whole family is involved in canine rescue. They traveled to Kansas City from Minnesota to help on Saturday.

"Hopefully, it'll keep some dogs warm," said Beth Ward.

Bill Rhoads and his six-year-old rescue dog Molly walked through the door looking for help on Saturday.

"In the summer time and in the winter time she stays outside," Rhoads said.

That is a need that Habitat for Paws is eager to meet.

"We want to make sure animals who are outside get the proper shelter they need," said Kristen Sampson.

If you would like to apply for one of the available dog houses, call the Heartland SPCA at (913) 742-7311. They'll deliver to your house on Valentine's Day.

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