Winters in Alberta can be unbearable. We have all
complained about the sub-zero temperatures as we bundle up and run
from our heated homes to our heated vehicles...which we have
started with a remote.
But now think about how truly unbearable our winters are for
dogs that have no access to shelter. With no protection from
the elements, many stray dogs simply do not make it through to
Since 2003, hart has worked to provide shelters for dogs in our
target community, but in early 2014 we formalized our efforts in
the Shelter from the Storm initiative. The first phase of the
project was to develop a unique shelter design that is durable,
light enough to transport and appropriate for all weather
conditions while using a minimum of materials in order to keep
building costs down. The second phase was to establish
working partnerships to fund and build the shelters. The
third phase was the actual build.
In June 2014, the first build was complete with 20 new shelters
ready to transport to the community.
We would like to extend our hart-felt thanks to the partners and
supporters who helped make this idea a reality:
- The construction facilities and equipment were provided by the
Spruce Grove Composite High School under the guidance of teacher
Ryan Wright and his assistant Joanne. As the shelters are
designed in separate components to facilitate handling and
transport, it was a great learning opportunity for the students and
the building of the shelters was made part of the curriculum for
their construction classes.
- A very generous donation from Carol Anne, Rex and Renee
Sluchinski and their businesses Enviromulch and Mirror Image Decals
& Designs enabled hart to continue to move forward with the
purchase of our supplies and materials
- Trish Haryett was a key volunteer in moving the 2014 build
- Kevin and Wayne Tischer spent many hours revising blueprints
and selecting materials that were most suited
- Christine Brown surprised us by entering the Shelter from the
Storm into AVIVA competition.
- Our supporters knew we had a winning idea and continued to
vote for our project when we were competing in the AVIVA
The true success of the project will be felt by the dogs who
utilize the shelters. Our vision is that there won't be a dog
without a shelter so we have our work cut out for us!
out in the paper!