SPRINGFIELD – Kane’s Krusade, a nonprofit organization that helps dogs in need in the greater Springfield area, is seeking volunteers to assist with a doghouse-building event on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 77 Mill St.
The purpose of the event is to successfully build seven doghouses that are fullyinsulated, raised off the ground and weather proof. The doghouses built by volunteers will be donated to provide insulated shelter for dogs whose owners cannot afford one.
The organization is looking for seven teams of four to five people to register for this build off. Carpentry experience is not required, but it is helpful. Each team commits to raising at least $300 to cover the material costs of the doghouse and provide a starter Canine Assistance, Resources and Empowerment Kit (C.A.R.E.) that includes a veterinary exam, vaccinations, leash, collar, harness, nametag, food and a heated water bowl. Teams can register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Build Off" in the subject line.
Teams will arrive at 8 a.m. to check-in and receive instructions on the building of their dog house. Lunch will be provided from 12 to 1 p.m. and building will continue until 4 p.m.
“We always advocate for dogs to live inside. For situations where it is not possible for a dog to be in the house, we make sure they are safe,” said Kim George, founder of Kane’s Krusade. “New England winters are harsh. The insulated doghouses we build provide warmth and comfort through the long winter months.
“The families we help are elderly, disabled, unemployed or living on a fixed income,” she added.
People are also encouraged to bring with them or drop off items such as leashes, collars, treats, stainless steel dog bowls and dog food to donate to the C.A.R.E. kits.