While many happily choose the soft sand, warm sun, and ocean breezes to spend the last precious weeks of summer, a group of friends dubbed the “Extreme Makeover Team for the Animal World ” say their perfect way to wave goodbye to summer is spending it with 90 wolves in the desolate and deep woods of New Hampshire.
The Project Pawsitive Foundation (www.projectpawsitive.org), a small, non-profit organization that started renovating animal rescues on the verge of collapse and closure back in 2009, will be building 15 enclosed shelters at the end of the month for the nearly 90 wolves and wolf-hybrid dogs living on the Loki Clan Wolf Refuge (www.lokiclan.org/). The refuge is a sanctuary devoted to the protection of wolves and wolf-dogs. Each pack is given an acre of land to run free because these animals are often condemned by law and would otherwise have no home or protection.
The Project Pawsitive team will also be camping right on the refuge surrounded by the animals they are helping. “I can’t say I’m not nervous about being awoken by the howling of wolves feet from my tent,” said Jill Sullivan Grueter, Team Leader and Creator of The Project Pawsitive Foundation. “But, this project is taking us all way out of our comfort zones and that’s when we learn the biggest life lessons.”
The team of close friends is made up of a master carpenter, master electrician, designer, jack of all trades, and project organizer. They have traveled nationally, but mostly perform their renovations for animal rescues in desperate need in New England due to donation struggles. Sullivan Grueter acknowledges tight budgets and low donations keep their work boots sitting idly-by much more than they want. “We could be doing renovations every single day for the rest of our lives and that’s what we want to be doing,” she said. “Maybe we should have bought a Powerball ticket?”
“We raise the money to perform free-of-charge renovations, round up volunteers, and get the job done in a matter of days,” said Sullivan Grueter, who started the organization after the death of her dad and rescue dog. She left her successful business career and never looked back even when not taking a salary for years. “If we can help the lives of animals and people by keeping shelters open and able to adopt – then we’ve made a difference.”
The Loki Clan Refuge project is just one of three rehab projects the team is taking on over the next few months. In September, they are renovating a cat shelter at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua (http://www.hsfn.org/) to enhance the lives of animals who may spend the rest of their days at the shelter and the Center for Wildlife (http://www.yorkcenterforwildlife.org/) in York, Maine in the fall to add a new roof to a cabin that rehabilitates falcons and rehab a cabin that nurses injured squirrels and hedgehogs back to health before releasing them back to their natural habitats.
The organization is asking for volunteer help and donations for their upcoming projects. To learn more, please visit their website at www.projectpawsitive.org and click How to Help.
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What do a Harley Davidson builder; former English bloke who brews his own beer; ex-military, extreme skier; a designer, and a 3rd degree black belt in karate have in common? They are friends from New Hampshire who give free-of-charge extreme makeovers to animal rescues in need across New England and beyond. They find the money, they find the manpower, and they find the means to do it. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do.
It all started in 2009, when this group came together to renovate a barn in Epping, New Hampshire that saves horses from slaughter, abuse, and neglect. The barn was in rough shape. The roof was leaking and on the verge of collapse, there were no signs of running water or electricity out to the paddocks, the fencing was in shambles, and the volunteers were losing sleep over the amount of work that needed to be done on the facility with dwindling donations due to a down economy.
So, what did Project Pawsitive do? They used their tenured experience in carpentry, construction, electrical work, and project management to gain attention and rope in the help of one of the largest home supply stores in the country along with over 80 local volunteers and they got the job done. The result? Any awesome renovation, restored hope, and renewed faith. All in the matter of a week and to the tune of about $30,000.
Project Pawsitive is a 501c3, non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible. Support the upcoming projects today at www.projectpawsitive.org and click on How to Help.
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