Dayco Helps Animal House TV show revamp Adams County Pet Rescue
Othello — The Adams County Animal Shelter is getting an extreme makeover providing a bigger, better and more efficient facility after a fire destroyed the old one in 2009.
To make the project even more exciting, the construction process is being filmed by AnimalHouseTV.com as a pilot for television.
Animal House is a new television show concept that focuses on renovating or rebuilding animal shelters in struggling communities. The show’s producer, Alycia Barlow Hadfield, told the Herald she’s hopeful the show will be picked up by national network and cable stations so the organization can continue to help small towns get a handle on the animal rescue process.
“Rural areas have a tougher time getting donations for animal shelters,” Hadfield said. “Animal House was formed to help those communities improve animal welfare. We are talking with major networks and cable stations and feel confident that when this pilot episode is done we’ll have no problem convincing cable companies and networks its worth.”
Ryan Krueger of Othello, the show’s project manager, said the old shelter wasn’t much more than a shack before it burned to the ground.
The city of Othello allowed the shelter’s volunteers to use a 10-foot by 20-foot outbuilding with cyclone fencing for the animals who survived the fire, he said. Krueger’s wife, Jamie, is the shelter’s director.
“We started a three-year campaign to raise money for a new shelter on some land Adams County donated for it,” he said. “We raised about $250,000 but only got as far as a shell of the building without electricity, plumbing or anything else needed for a safe, healthy building.
“So we were thrilled when Animal House stepped in to help by recruiting businesses to finish the project while they filmed its progression,” he added. “Othello might be a small community, but local volunteers and businesses have been lifesavers. We still need about $50,000 to complete the inside.”
Local businesses like Ace Hardware, Pro Build, All American Propane, Walmart and McDonalds chipped in to help either monetarily or with labor. The project’s biggest contributors have been Home Depot and Dayco Heating, Air & Electric, Krueger said.
When finished, the new shelter will be a 3,900-square-foot facility able to house between 40 and 50 dogs, as well as provide an area for homeless cats.
“In the old place we didn’t have any place for cats and now we do, which is a good thing,” he said.
Animal House is a nonprofit agency founded by Rebecca Rodriguez, a longtime animal advocate and independent filmmaker based in the Pacific Northwest. Hadfield has spent more than nine years working with animal rescue organizations. Together they share a deep love of animal welfare.
Volunteers from the Othello community and surrounding areas have come out in force to work on the project, Krueger said.
“What I most appreciate about this whole process is how this community came together to help the animals,” he said. “Animal House has been a major player in making this happen because without their help in recruiting donations to finish the building, it would still be sitting there as an empty shell.”
The show is family friendly, inspirational and very close to becoming a reality on national television, Hadfield said. Adams County Animal Shelter was chosen for the pilot show from about 180 other nonprofit organizations across the country that also need help.
“This shelter organization in Adams County met our needs to create a successful show, within the boundaries of our budget and early sponsor relationships,” Hadfield said. “This episode will profile the animals of Othello who are in need of a safe haven and the dedicated community fighting for them.”
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