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New agility course and upgrades at Humane Society

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - The Humane Society of West Michigan is one of the first shelters in the state to receive renovations funded by a national rescue organization.

The Petfinder Foundation and the The Animal Rescue Site are sponsoring Rescue U.  Founder, Bryna Donnelly says, "We take college volunteers to different shelters around country and do renovations."

The Humane Society of West Michigan was chosen out of several other applicants to receive renovations.

"The shelter is only 10 years old, but there are already issues that popped up. You notice things that weren't designed how you wish them to be," says Donnelly.

One of the projects is sound-proofing the kennel area. When dogs start barking, it is loud. The halls of the shelter also need new paint. College students like Alexis Croswell, a senior at GVSU, are helping out. "It's a lot of work, but good work. We were outside one day, now we're painting the animal intake room."

Another project is the dog run. It was lined with pea gravel, but burns the dogs' paws during the summer. Now, it's being replaced with Astroturf from Duke University's football stadium.

"So we lowered the pea gravel. We're installing Astroturf, which is a fabulous product to keep sterile, clean, and easy to maintain," says Donnelly.

Once all the work is done, the animals should have a better place to live and play. The volunteers will be at the HSWM throughout the week.