CITY OF PLUS-HEAD – Students from two schools in Carteret County who are racing to finish building dog kennels will compete in the 2021 PAWS Pet House Challenge.
The homes will be on display and up for auction at the 15th Annual Coastal Home & Garden Show, which runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Proceeds from the sale of the houses, along with other associated fundraisers, will be used to purchase equipment for an animal shelter without killing.
This year’s challengers in the contest, sponsored by the Pet Adoption and Welfare Society of Carteret, or PAWS, and the Neal Foundation, include carpentry students from West Carteret and Croatan High Schools. East Carteret High School was unable to register a team this year due to class scheduling conflicts.
Students painting and hammering their dog designs on Tuesday said they liked the idea of ââbuilding for a cause.
âI feel amazing about it. I feel like I’m making a difference in the world, âsaid CHS junior Dominic Metcalf.
WCHS senior James Kenon agrees.
âIt’s good that our work is dedicated to a good cause,â he said.
The teams also compete for prizes in building the pet houses, which will be judged by a building contractor. The public will be able to vote for their favorite homes for $ 1 per vote. In addition, the homes will be available for purchase through a silent auction. In addition, there will be a lottery tree, where people can buy lottery tickets for $ 5 each.
Proceeds will go to PAWS to help equip a $ 1.5 million kill-free animal shelter that will house 60 animals at the PAWS Adoption Center at 5042 Mattie St. Money will also help fund rescue and adoption programs In progress.
The 9,750-square-foot shelter was nearing completion when Hurricane Florence struck in September 2018, causing damage estimated at $ 178,000.
PAWS Vice President Donna Youraine said on May 14 that she was still working out repairs to the facility with the insurance company. In the meantime, she continues to seek 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 injuries. A small surgical unit is also included and will serve all animals in residence.
There will also be a kitten room, feline playroom, free run cat rooms, canine visitation room for those considering adoption, dog kennels, restrooms and more.
Ms. Youraine said she appreciates the support from the schools and always looks forward to seeing the creative houses designed by the students.
âIt always amazes me what they come up with, and the kids seem to really like building them. I still meet kids who tell me how much they loved building the doghouses, âshe said.
The competition prizes are offered by businesses in the region and will be awarded to the first in the following three categories: People’s Choice, decided by votes of $ 1; Buyer’s Choice, the house that makes the most money in the silent auction; and Builder’s Choice, judged by the contractor on design, creativity, workmanship and materials.
Students and instructors take the competition seriously, and with creativity being one of the criteria for awarding prizes, contestants don their thinking caps to come up with unique designs.
High school instructors say the competition provides valuable lessons for students. CHS carpentry professor Bobby Staab said this year’s entry is based on a lifeguard house.
âThe competition gives them exposure to the skills they need on the pitch,â Staab said. “They become more proficient with the tools and it gives them time to participate in the community, so hopefully they will continue with community service after graduation.”
WCHS carpentry instructor Michael Litaker said the entrance to the school is made of handmade oak shingles, all made from recycled materials.
âThis is hands-on learning,â said Litaker. “Whenever they can build something with their hands, they are continually learning.”
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