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.
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