DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Fourth-year Carpentry students at Northern Lights College used the skills they learned in the previous three years of their program to construct eight dog houses for families, and dogs, in need.

The project began when Claire Corcoran, a BC SPCA Special Provincial Constable based in Dawson Creek, began to notice in her investigations that a lot of dogs didn’t have access to an outdoor shelter.

“In some circumstances, the dogs are in distress and there is a need for an investigation,” she said.

“However, since the price of lumber increased, I have observed people in need, within our community, who love their animals and are challenged in finding affordable shelters.”

Corcoran then reached out to the college to see if they would be able to provide assistance to those dogs and their families.

Students then incorporated a variety of roofing styles, and other skills they learned as part of their curriculum into the eight doghouses.

Materials were purchased thanks to a generous $2,000 grant from Dawson Co-op’s community support fund.

Leo Manning, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeships for NLC, was grateful to Dawson Co-op that the project came together as it did, and to Corcoran for bringing it to his attention.

“I am so very excited and proud that we at NLC, in conjunction with the Co-op and SPCA, could bring such a great project together, serve our community and support families in the region in need, with such a fundamental thing as a doghouse to keep families united with their pets,” Manning said.

The doghouses will be distributed by Corcoran while doing animal welfare checks in the area.

“This will be a way we can help dogs stay in their homes with their families,” Corcoran said.