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By Stacy Evensen, Director, Ed/Voc Services

Since my last update, there has been a lot of work done to make Paws for a Cause a reality. Here’s a quick update.

  • After meeting with 8 contractors, none of whom provided a bid within our budget, I met Chuck (the 9th) on November 10. He surveyed the space, presented a reasonable bid 2 days later, the contract was signed by Punky 2 days after that and work began at the Kaneohe site on November 18.
  • Since then the yucky carpet has been removed, concrete floors have been sanded, framing of the dog run, dog bathing area, kennel section and multipurpose room (office/classroom/meeting room) has been completed. The drywall went up this week. We’ve cleaned the grimy walls and, thanks to a partnership with Job Corps, we’ve primed half the walls (See photo of the Job Corps crew at work. As you know, Job Corps has a vocational training program and this crew is being trained to be painters. Their work at Paws helps them gain work experience-Think “Win-Win”). Job Corps will return December 12 to finish painting the entire space.
  • We have installed a dog bath, washer/dryer and utility tub. The rubberized flooring for the dog run is on its way!

What’s left? We need to find a reception desk, bring some of the furniture from Damon to Paws and order supplies. Importantly, we need to hire and train staff. We are looking for a “Playground Supervisor” to assist our Dog Trainer in managing the daily activity of our dog clients. If you know of anyone who’d be interested, please point them to our job posting.

We are hopeful that, if all goes well, we will be able to open up Paws to our own staff dogs in January for a free trial period where we will test out our procedures, schedules and training protocols. If you have a dog you’d like to provide a free, fun daycare experience, please let us know! Our plan is to open up to the general public in early February (Yappy Valentine’s Day?!)

Please check out the Want Ads in this newsletter for ways you can support Paws and mahalo for your patience and support as we work to open this new Hale Kipa program!