It was a warm and sunny Sunday at Sunny's place in Waianae. After a quick assessment, we got down and dirty cleaning out the area to make room for Trudie and Nickie's new home. Since the property is a rental and space is at a premium, a permanent fence just wouldn't work. So we purchased two large kennels from Home Depot. They were very easy to build and are mobile in case Sunny has to move.
Trudie and Nickie were on short chains and living in makeshift dog houses on top of pallets that were cramped, dirty and hot. But its always hot in Waianae. Chaining the dogs really was the only option since Sunny lived by a busy road that is more often used for car racing. Dead animals on the road is a daily occurrence. On every side of the property, we saw more chained dogs - chained to polls, cars, trees and anything else available.
By the time we were done cleaning out the area, we had a good four loads of rubbish to take to the dump when we were pau for the day. With some quick measurements, we spent the next four hours building the kennels. Trudie and Nickie waited patiently while another 20+ plus resident cats watched with interest.
With the kennels in place, we were able to complete the project with the following:
- 8x10 outdoor rugs to keep them free of the dirt
- Cedar shaviings to differentiate their shishi/doo area (easy to clean and maintain)
- New punee beds so they can lay in comfort off of the ground
- New stainless steel water and food bowls
- Water proof canvas covers to provide shelter from the sun and rain
- New leashes and collars
Both Trudie and Nickie still need their sterilization surgery, microchip, vaccinations, flea/tick treatment, and overall health check. We hope to have the funds available within a month. In addition to helping Trudie and Nickie, we left 100 pounds of dry cat food and 100 cans of wet cat food to help Sunny care for her more than 40 feral cats on the property. Mahalo to Wendy Bright for sterilizing the colony of cats.
Mahalo to Sunny for trusting us and allowing our volunteers onto her property to help her animals. We've found already - as we reach out to owners that chain their dogs - that trust is going to be our biggest challenge.
As John Lennon would say: "So this is Christmas.....and what have you done?" So mahalo to our Animal Angels for donating their time and energy this holiday season to help build Tiffany and Nickie a better home. It's a Christmas gift that Sunny will never forget.