Fond du Lac Humane Society gets help in remodel

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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - The Fond du Lac Humane Society is getting a remodel so it can take in more dogs.

Moraine Park Technical College students make repairs at the Fond du Lac Humane Society shelter on Jan. 18, 2018 (WBAY photo)

It's part of a project launched by Moraine Park Technical College.

In a span of just a couple of hours, a group of women made some big repairs by replacing the drainage system on 14 kennels at the Fond du Lac Humane Society that right now are unusable.

Larry Clark, an instructor at the college, said, "We wanted to expand the knowledge of manufacturing process with women. It's considered a non-traditional occupation for women, so we needed some sort of a project to be able to go through that process."

The female group has been preparing for this project since January 4, taking classes at the college two nights a week which focus on things like welding and metal fabrication.

Many who signed up did so for the challenge.

"I guess the feeling of accomplishment. We helped out the humane society, and we learned something new. We learned how to weld and we learned how to work with a press and stuff, so it's interesting," said volunteer Tina Giese.

All the materials for the project were donated by area companies.

Replacing the drains would have cost around $10,000, which is money the shelter doesn't have.

Beth Rogan of the Fond du Lac Humane Society said, "We're excited because we haven't been able to use those kennels, and so it limits the amount of small dogs we can take in."

The college says the project is a first for them, and they hope to schedule other events in the future.

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