Highland Lakes Canine Rescue: Capital Improvement Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
100% of the generous grant money was used to upgrade insulation of our dog kennel building. As we described in the grant application, the vinyl-batt insulation we previously had in place was not sufficient for our building type and Central Texas climate. The insulation was covered with expanding foam for increased energy efficiency by a local installation company as described in the quote.
We anticipate a significant increase in energy efficiency as a result of the upgraded insulation, which should save hundreds of dollars each month and will also prolong the life of the existing HVAC equipment, providing additional monetary savings long-term. Because we are a non-profit, this is money that will be spent on food and medical expenses for our rescued dogs, increasing our ability to save more lives by taking in and adopting out additional dogs to families in the community.
This insulation project will also directly increase the comfort of the 250 dogs we rescue each year, six staff members, and 100 community volunteers who live or work in the kennel building every year. After only a few days with the new insulation, we have already noticed how much more quickly the A/C is able to cool the kennel area and keep it cool.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Of the 250 dogs per year who live in our kennel building while seeking their forever homes, Flash is probably the biggest and furriest and will be helped greatly by the insulation project!
Flash is a 5-year-old, 85-lb. Newfoundland whom we took in from a chaotic local shelter. He is already enjoying the calmer environment, daily walks, and attention from our staff and volunteers inside the newly insulated and cooler shelter building.
He is a perfect example of why we are known as “one special place” due to our focus on helping hard-to-place dogs and getting them ready for adoption into their forever homes. He is still available for adoption. You can meet Flash here.