"There's just not enough volunteer walkers here at the shelter to make sure all the dogs get the exercise they need," Clay County Humane Society Shelter Director Mike Sorrels told The Brazil Times during the dedication ceremony for the new dog recreation park Saturday. "We really needed this facility."
The new dog recreation park is spacious enough to allow several dogs to get necessary exercise every day. Volunteers and shelter employees worked for approximately two weeks to complete the fenced in doggy playground.
"This way, we can let around five dogs at a time get a few hours of exercise with only one person to watch over them," Sorrels said.
Sorrels said the shelter was grateful for the work being done by a group of Northview High School students belonging to the Students and Pets Outdoors Together (SPOTS) group (a part of the Brazil Rotary Interact Club) to raise money to support the project. But the necessity pushed the project to be completed sooner than expected.
"The dogs really needed this," he said. "I'm proud of (SPOTS) efforts and any donations they continue to collect will be used to maintain this project. But, if there's enough, we would be happy to build another one. I'm sure the dogs would love being able to run and play more than once a day."
The new facility was dedicated to two animal lovers and faithful supporters of the shelter, Rosemary Campbell (20 years of service) and Bill Bell (10 years of service).
"This exercise facility has been built on the site of the original," Campbell said to the crowd, and then reminded them at how much former shelter director Bill Collins looked forward to expanding the facility to help more animals. "Bill lived long enough to see the new building and he was so happy. I'm sure he's smiling down on us today."
To make donations to the Northview High School Interact Club SPOTS group, mail check to Interact Club, c/o Miranda Goodale at Northview High School, 3150 W. State Road 340, Brazil, Ind. 47834. Put SPOTS in the memo section of the check.