At CRCS, almost all of the dogs that come to us have experienced one form of trauma or another. Having a place to go that is safe, peaceful, and comfortable for our dogs is vital to our recovery program. The play yard offers a space for dogs to recover from their past, meet new people and dogs, play and relax, and experience their surroundings off-leash. It offers sanctuary dogs an opportunity to run, play and explore while being outside and the yard is a wonderful space for our dogs that have undergone surgery or a medical procedure needing a calm, safe and relaxing area to complete their recovery outdoors.
The funds raised in this campaign will greatly improve our play yard space and have a direct impact on dogs in our care offering a comfortable, open and peaceful outdoor space for all of the dogs coming into our care.
Our current play yard is a moderate-sized fenced-in area surrounded in part by chain link fencing and in part by a brick and mortar wall. The surface in our play yard is primarily composed of cement and old asphalt that is eroding. Because of the asphalt and cement, the yard is without trees to provide shade cover and the dark asphalt gets extremely hot during the mid-summer months.
To get water out to the yard we are hooking up several hoses and running them through the facility to fill pools in the summer and provide fresh water for the yard.
The ‘catch-pen’ leading into the yard is made of old kennel panels that are worn and loose and in need of replacement.
The doors leading into the play yard date back to the 1970’s when the facility was originally constructed. They are heavy steel doors that are worn out, rusty and slowly falling apart.
Though the yard is functional in that it has adequate space, it is desperately in need of updating and repair and we are looking to make improvements to make it a better place for our dogs to run, play and learn as they progress through their recovery.
All monies raised from the Play Yard Improvement Project Fundraiser will go directly towards making the following improvements to our existing play yard:
- Better footing ~ Our plans are to remove the asphalt and replace it with decomposed granite and artificial turf to provide a softer, more dog friendly surface that is not only gentler on paws but also much cooler in the summer sun.
- Installation of an outdoor hose-bib ~ Improved access to water would greatly enhance our time outdoors with the dogs. Many of our dogs enjoy the pool in the summer months. Easier water access would also be a great help for summer-time baths for our dogs as well as for cleaning purposes.
- Replacing the catch-pen ~ As part of this project we would replace the old catch-pen with newer, more secure chain link fencing providing a more secure space for new dogs coming into the yard, for dogs leaving the yard, for dogs to safely meet new dogs and volunteers.
- Replacing the play yard doors ~ Replacing the doors to the yard would provide safer to and fro access to the yard and a more secure passage for dogs, staff and volunteers that use the space.
- Shade and greenery ~ Trees and landscape materials will be brought in to provide shade and a more “natural” and peaceful home-like setting for our dogs and volunteers.
It isn’t possible for us to over-state the value the play yard provides for our dogs. The yard is truly one of the most critical components of our facility. As part of our program, the play yard allows our dogs an opportunity to explore new smells, hear new and different sounds, run and play off-leash, and interact with toys and their environment. The space allows the dogs a safe place to meet new people, volunteers and potential adopters and it provides a wonderful area for doggy play groups where dogs can meet new dogs and engage in social activities and play with other dogs.
We believe an improved yard, with better ground cover, shade and water, as well as improved access, will have a significant impact on our work to help these at-risk dogs through their recovery and into forever loving homes. Every single CRCS dog and all those that follow will have a direct benefit from this project. Providing a safe, secure and comfortable outdoor off-leash area is essential to our recovery program.
YOU can make a difference for a dog!! We are so grateful for your help and generosity - we could not do this without YOU!