Eleven doghouses were built by Boy Scout Troop 701. They are available for bid at City Hall and on the Lake Martin Area Animal Shelter Facebook friend page until the end of business Wednesday. All proceeds benefit the animal shelter. | Submitted

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Boy Scouts build for good cause

Published 10:23am Saturday, November 17, 2012

A recent Boy Scout project is going to the dogs.

Troop 701 worked to build 11 doghouses to raise money for the Lake Martin Area Animal Shelter. The houses are currently up for auction at city hall.

“In the past, the Boy Scouts have always asked if they can build anything,” said Mia Chandler, shelter manager. “Unfortunately I have never been able to have them do anything.’

Chandler said she wanted to do a fundraiser that involved a large number of people, which led her to the doghouse project.

Each house was built with supplies sponsored by individual or organization donors. The houses were then painted by other local citizens – many of them children. Chandler said she thinks about 200 people were involved in the project.

“I think it’s nice, because it’s helping out the community,” said Wiley Mason, one of the Boy Scouts who was part of the project. “I was ready – I wanted to build them. I just like building stuff, and I thought it would be good for the humane society.”

Although some of the scouts – including Ben Tate, Marquis Russell, Dylan Miller and Richard Vaughan, in addition to Mason – had done construction before and some hadn’t, they said they enjoyed it.

“I felt better about doing the project knowing that it was going to the humane society,” Miller said.

The doghouses will be up for bid on Facebook, www.facebook.com/lake.animalshelter, and at city hall until the end of business Wednesday.

“I’m hoping that we will raise a good bit of money because of this project,” Chandler said. “This is different because so many people were involved and so many kids were involved.”

One hundred percent of the bid money will go to the animal shelter, Chandler said.

“The temperature is dropping, and if you have an outdoor pet they need to have accommodations to shelter them from the elements,” Chandler said. “This is a great opportunity to help the shelter plus provide a wonderful doghouse for your pet.”

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