CITY OF MORE HEAD — Carpentry students from two county high schools showed off their creativity at the 2022 PAWS Pet House Challenge, held March 5-6 during the Coastal Home & Garden Show at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.
Carpentry students competed for prizes by building dog houses and even a cat habitat house, which were auctioned off during the show. Proceeds from the event will go toward completing and outfitting a no-kill pet shelter from Carteret Pet Adoption and Welfare Society being built on Mattie Street in Morehead City.
Croatan High School won first place in the People’s Choice and Builder’s Choice categories with nomination from Frank Lloyd Wright. West Carteret High School won first place in the Buyers Choice category with a framed feline habitat home. WCHS also entered a unique rover niche that was built on stilts with a ramp.
East Carteret did not enter homes this year.
The winners received tools from local businesses to take first place.
The event raised $2,485 in funds for PAWS.
Donna Youraine, Vice President of PAWS, thanked everyone who made the contest a success.
“The creativity on the home designs this year was amazing,” she said. “All three really deserved first place.”
Frank Lloyd Wright’s kennel and feline habitat house have been auctioned off, and the rover’s kennel is still available at the PAWS Thrift Store in Morehead City.
Proceeds will go to PAWS to help equip a future $1.5 million no-kill animal shelter that will house 60 animals at the PAWS adoption center at 5042 Mattie St. Money will also help fund rescue programs and adoption of animals in progress.
The 9,750 square foot shelter was nearing completion when Hurricane Florence hit in September 2018, causing damage estimated at $250,000.
Ms Youraine said on Thursday the organization had been forced to sue the insurance company in a bid to get what she believes was enough money to cover damage to the building.
“All drywall needs replacing because of mold,” she said. “The company only covered the cost of repairs to the roof.”
In the meantime, she continues to apply for grants and raise funds to equip the shelter and the adoption center.
It will be equipped with an income-generating hydrotherapy unit, used to rehabilitate animals with joint damage. A small surgical unit is also included and will service all animals in residence.
There will also be a kitten room, feline playroom, stray rooms, canine visitation room for those considering adoption, kennels, restrooms and more.
In addition to the cost of repairs, Youraine estimates she needs to raise about $350,000 to outfit the facility and pay for the first year’s salaries for five employees. Workers will include a manager, veterinary technician and kennel attendants.
Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email [email protected]; Where