Animal shelter getting makeover courtesy of local business
by Rachel Davis
Jan 12, 2014 | 1974 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Workers from Central State's Manufacturing put the finishing touches on a metal roof that will cover the outdoor kennels at the Walker County Animal Shelter Friday. Daily Mountain Eagle - Rachel Davis
Workers from Central State's Manufacturing put the finishing touches on a metal roof that will cover the outdoor kennels at the Walker County Animal Shelter Friday. Daily Mountain Eagle - Rachel Davis
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The Walker County Animal Shelter’s outdoor area is undergoing a massive makeover this month. On Friday, employees from Central States Manufacturing joined the city of Jasper in improving the area for the shelter’s dogs.

The workers added a metal roof over the concrete pads to be used for outdoor kennel space. This will give the shelter dogs a place to be outside while shielding them from the elements, something the old facility couldn’t offer.

Last month, officials from the company appeared at a Jasper City Council meeting to donate the materials and labor as part of Central States’ “Giving Back Program.”

The labor was provided as part of the company’s program to benefit nonprofits, called The Carpenter’s Hands. That program is named after the company’s founder, Paul Carpenter. As part of that program, each employee gets eight hours paid time off to volunteer and make a difference in the community.

Joe Matthews, Jasper’s public works director and city engineer, said the renovations were much-needed because the shelter had been run down for some time.

He said there was now water to the outdoor kennels to assist in cleaning them and the water would drain into the city’s sewer system.

“Hopefully we can make it into a nice, clean area for the dogs,” Matthews said.

Matthews said he hopes the shelter improvements will continue so the shelter can be used to increase adoptions, even after the county’s animal shelter is built near the county landfill.

Matthews expected the renovations to the outside and the new kennel project to be completed by the end of the month, weather permitting.