These uncertain economic times can cause problems for every member of a family, including beloved pets. The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) recognizes that it has become increasingly difficult for some area families to provide adequately for their animals. In some cases it is a lack of resources rather than intentional neglect which compels the NJSPCA to get involved.
The NJSPCA launched a pilot program this year called the Huts for Mutts project to assist area families. The agency reached out to solicit involvement from area schools. The agency requested that students design and build doghouses which could then be distributed to local families in need of proper shelter for their pets.
Students from the Building Maintenance Program at Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) in Brick, NJ completed the first doghouse for the project. Under the direction of Instructor Gerald Horn the high school students constructed a large doghouse to provide a warm and safe haven throughout the cold months. The roof can be removed for cleaning and inside there is a divider to further protect an animal from cold winds.
Thomas Yanisko, a Sergeant with the Law Enforcement Division with the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, spearheaded the pilot program, along with fellow Agent Dawn Yanisko who visited the OCVTS Brick Center and accepted delivery of the doghouse.
“We are very excited to see the first doghouse completed. We are grateful that Ocean County Vocational School decided to get involved and help us. We hope that many more schools will get involved with this worthy project,” said Mr. Yanisko.
“This is very exciting. This house will provide much needed shelter for a pet and really help a family in need,” added Dawn Yanisko.
For more information about Ocean County Vocational Technical School visit www.ocvts.org. For more information about the the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals visit www.njspca.org.