Shelter Manager Jennifer Bidwell said the volunteers were able to accomplish many of the shelter’s most pressing needs. Those included kennel repairs on the county side of the shelter, getting a back room painted, getting the donated dog houses cleaned and moved into place, organizing the supply cabinet and clearing the yard area of tree limbs, brush and other overgrowth and debris.
“We had a great turnout, a lot of people turned out and we will be scheduling another work day soon,” Bidwell said.
The shelter also managed to adopt out a few animals during the day, to volunteers as well as passersby.
Luster said he was pleased that more than two dozen volunteers showed up to assist on Saturday.
“I am so grateful to the volunteers, workers and citizens who are supporting the efforts of the shelter,” Luster said. “We also appreciate the local Captain D’s for feeding the volunteers and their efforts in making the day successful.”
He also praised volunteer coordinators Tera Ford and Marsha Miller who organized and rallied support via social media outlets.
Although pleased with the results of the first day, Luster said the work at the shelter is far from done.
“Our facility is still grossly insufficient, but this helped us to get things in better shape,” Luster said. “This was what we refer to as ‘Phase 1.’ We want to schedule another work day very soon and keep the momentum going.”
The shelter’s regular hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Bidwell said the shelter was in desperate need of dry puppy and kitten chow and wet kitten food.