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Scout project helps Bellowood dog rescue


Austin Anderson (center) and friends Jacob Swinehart (left) and Andrew Watts (right) recently completed projects at Bellowood Dog Rescue to help Austin earn his Eagle Scout rank. The fence behind them and Welcome sign were two of the projects. Photo by J. Reed.

Austin Anderson (center) and friends Jacob Swinehart (left) and Andrew Watts (right) recently completed projects at Bellowood Dog Rescue to help Austin earn his Eagle Scout rank. The fence behind them and Welcome sign were two of the projects. Photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

Austin Anderson loves his rescue dog. So when it came time to pick out a project to help him earn his Eagle Scout rank—the highest rank in Boy Scouts—he was inspired to give back and do something to help a local dog rescue. With some help from his mom, he chose Bellowood Dog Rescue in Cedar Springs.

Because of his generosity and help from his friends, family and local businesses, the Bellowood welcome center has a freshly painted fence, new welcome sign, and 20 specially crafted dog bowls.

“I am so thankful,” said Kim Schreuder, the founder of Bellowood. “The boys did a great job.” She explained that the Welcome Center is a place where people come to meet the dogs they want to adopt, so it’s important that it look nice.

Austin, the son of Dean and Kristine Anderson, will be a senior next year at Cedar Springs High School. He and his friends, sophomore Jacob Swinehart and junior Andrew Watts, paid a visit to Bellowood, and Schreuder showed them around and explained what projects needed to be done. They then chose what they wanted to do.

The boys also designed and made dog bowls to help dogs with megaesophagus.

The boys also designed and made dog bowls to help dogs with megaesophagus.

The dog bowls were made to especially help dogs with megaesophagus—a condition that is an enlargement of the esophagus, a muscular tube connecting the throat to the stomach. Dogs with that condition have a harder time moving food and liquid down to the stomach. According to Pet MD, some breeds, such as wire-haired terriers and miniature schnauzers can be born with it. Other breeds prone to the condition include German shepherds, dachshunds, great Danes, Irish setter, Labrador retriever, pug, and Chinese shar-pei. With the new bowls, they are up high enough that the dogs will be able to swallow their water and food much easier.

The boys created their own dog bone design from scratch, and made 10 large bowls and 10 small ones. “They are much better quality than the plastic ones you can buy in the store,” remarked Schreuder.

The scouts, with some help from parents, also cleaned, scraped, sanded, and painted the front fence, and created a new welcome sign. The materials were either bought at cost, donated, or paid for with gift cards from local businesses.

“I am so very very thankful for all their hard work and what they gave to us,” said Schreuder. “It’s such a blessing! They are great kids.”

Austin said he now needs to turn in his paperwork as the next step toward getting his Eagle Scout rank. His friend Jacob Swinehart previously achieved his Eagle Scout rank with work on the Kent Theatre.

“I’m so happy to be a part of this, and thankful,” said Schreuder. “It’s fantastic. I think it’s special that the boys do things like this—not just for me, but for others in need, too.”

On their last day there, the boys got to play with some of the rescue dogs up for adoption. (See photo). For anyone interested in adopting one of these or another rescue dog, contact Kim Schreuder at xbellowoodx@yahoo.com, or visit their page on www.petfinder.com.

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Bellowood receives grant for Welcome Center


Bellowood fence before

Bellowood fence before

By Judy Reed

 

Good things are happening at Bellowood Dog Rescue in Cedar Springs.

According to owner Kim Schreuder, Bellowood recently received a grant from the Petco Foundation to help install fencing at the new Welcome Center in Spencer Township.

The Welcome Center is the latest addition to the rescue, which also has a facility in just outside of Cedar Springs.

Bellowood fence after

Bellowood fence after

Schreuder explained that the Welcome Center is for dogs with special needs, such as moms with puppies, sick dogs, heartworm positive dogs, amputees, etc. It also serves as a place for youth group workshops, social classes for dogs, and is a quiet place where a potential owner can meet a dog. It even has an extra bedroom where drivers who are transporting dogs can spend the night.

She said that the facility was fenced in, but only had a flimsy, 3-foot, chain link fence that was not safe or secure. “We needed a fence so we wrote to Petco and applied for a grant,” explained Schreuder.

Petco awarded them $8,950 for the Safe and Secure – Containment Fencing that they needed.

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999.  Today, with more than 8,000 local animal-welfare partners across the country, the Petco Foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. Money raised helps fund animal-welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education.

Schreuder was pleased that Petco thought the fencing at the Welcome Center was a worthy cause. “It’s been a fantastic addition,” she said.

Bellowood Dog Rescue is a nonprofit dedicated to bettering the lives of abandoned, abused, and unwanted dogs from all over the country, with focus on dogs in our own community. They provide medical care, training, evaluations, and rehabilitation to our canine friends who have suffered and been left homeless. When they are ready for adoption, they search for the best fit into a home where they can shower their new families with unconditional love. Bellowood also offers other helpful services to the community in the form of advice, outreach services, and helping people in need of maintaining ownership of their beloved pets.

To find out more, visit their website at members.petfinder.com/~MI214/index.html

 

 

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