Portland construction firm donates $30,000 to help renovate Brunswick animal shelter

Gabe Shaw, 29, of Brunswick works to upgrade outdoor dog kennels at the Coastal Humane Society's Range Road facility.
Gabe Shaw, 29, of Brunswick works to upgrade outdoor dog kennels at the Coastal Humane Society's Range Road facility. Buy Photo
Posted Dec. 31, 2013, at 4:33 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 31, 2013, at 7:06 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Renovations to the Coastal Humane Society’s dog facility began early Monday, thanks to a $30,000 donation of labor and materials from Hardypond Construction in Portland.

The project, slated to be completed Tuesday afternoon, is part of what will eventually be a $3.4 million makeover of the organization’s entire Brunswick facility, spokeswoman Jane Siviski said Monday. The work on the dog facility is the first phase of a four-phased project that Coastal Humane Society leaders hope to fund through a capital campaign.

This week, improvements to the dog housing section of the isolation unit at the Range Road building, repairs to the kennels and the outdoor dog yards, expanding shelter storage, fixing leaky roofs, improving roof insulation and improving fire safety are on the to-do list, according to a Coastal Humane Society release.

“Thanks to this generous gift, our dogs will be more comfortable at CHS until they find their way into their forever home,” said Karen Stimpson, executive director of Coastal Humane Society. “We’ll have a more efficient facility which will save us money in the longer run and hold us over until we move our adoptable animals up to our 190 Pleasant St. Adoption Facility when it’s complete.”

The larger project will essentially double the size of the humane society’s Pleasant Street building, Siviski said, and create a state-of-the-art holding area for pets and those who arrive to take them home.

A Coastal Humane Society release credited Bob Gaudreau, owner of Hardypond Construction and husband of a Coastal Humane Society board member, for spearheading the donation and renovation effort.

“I have called in some favors from friends in the industry to provide services and materials to make this all happen,” he said in the release. “This is all to be donated.”

Other firms that donated materials for the dog facility upgrades are Hancock Lumber, Garand Enterprises, Overhead Door of Maine, Residential Sprinkler Services, Tecta Roofing of America, Airtemp Comfort Systems, Fieldstone Welding and Keeley Electrical.

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