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Prisoners Build Dog Kennels For SPCA

Prisoners Build Dog Kennels For SPCA

Dog kennels made by prisoners in Rimutaka Prison have been donated to Wellington SPCA to help the organisation with its fundraising efforts.

The kennels, made from donated, recycled materials, were made by two prisoners who are qualified builders.

Prison Manager Chris Burns said the project was a good example of resourcefulness and community support.

“Through the efforts of our staff and the support of local businesses, we have a project that allows prisoners to put their skills to good use and give something back to the community,” he said.

Eight kennels have been donated to the SPCA already, with more to be supplied as they are completed.

SPCA Humane Educator Jennifer Rizzi was delighted with the kennels.

“The kennels are sturdy and well-built. There are a range of sizes available and will make a good home for a dog of almost any size. They’d make a good Christmas present for the family pooch too,” she said.

Construction of the kennels started in April, following the donation of wood pallets from local businesses.

Under the guidance of Residential Manager Michael Murphy and Principal Corrections Officer Ann Laird, the prisoners first deconstructed wood pallets before turning them into kennels. Each kennel has a porch, and all kennels are painted.

“The prisoners were keen to make a positive contribution to the community, and they should be proud of their efforts,” Mr Murphy said.

The kennels are available to purchase at the SPCA’s premises in Mansfield Street, Newtown currently, and from 23rd December, at the new premises located at 140 Alexandra Road, Newtown. All funds raised will go towards the organisation’s cost of caring for the 6,000 animals that it tends to each year.


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