In February I wrote that Animal House, a new TV reality series that gives extreme makeovers to animal shelters will feature the Adams County Animal Shelter in Othello, WA for the show’s pilot program.
The show’s creators have been in Othello for the last several days working with sponsors and volunteers to build the new shelter. They think the they’ll finish it this Monday.
Today, I’m headed to Othello to check out what they’ve done and learn more about Animal House.
Here is a description of the show on the Animal House Facebook page:“‘Animal House’ is a family friendly, inspirational and uplifting show that would help thousands of animals and the thousands of people who care for them. By providing a new or renovated building as well as program grants, training and supplies, “Animal House” will elevate the efforts of many struggling organizations, allowing them to provide better care and opportunities for the animals.”
The fire destroyed the previous shelter in 2009. The shelter relocated to the city pound, but it’s an old, mostly outdoor facility which until recently had no running water.
“They saw that we had a need,” Shelter president Mikki Kison told the Columbia Basin Herald last winter. “And we were so excited when they announced that we would be the first.”
Shelter volunteers raised $200,000, which is an impressive amount, but still far short of the amount they needed to build a new shelter.
“We knew we needed another $300,000 to $400,000, to realize our dream,” Kison told the paper.“So we decided to just build what we could with the money that we had. We wanted to show our donors that yes, we are indeed serious.”
Here’s a video summarizing their work in Othello so far:
And this video documents their first day in Othello: