An old truck and the work of a friend have created a dog sanctuary on a small farm in the heart of the Midwest.
The shelter has attracted the attention of the Humane Society of the United States, which hopes to find homes for the dogs and cats.
Read more The shelter is in a wooded area off Highway 70, where the road splits into two sections, with the old truck at one end and a truck on the other.
“There’s a trailer there that we’re using as a trailer,” says Emily Ralston, the owner and founder of the Dog Door Project.
“The dogs are on the trailer, the cats are on that trailer, and we’re just trying to help them in any way we can.”
The dogs are in a small room, which has a couch and a small bed for the animals.
“It’s pretty small, but it’s very well-designed,” Ralton says.
“We’re looking for a home for two dogs, which is a lot of them.
It’s a little bit bigger than the space they’re currently in, but they’re okay.”
There’s also a couple of cats on the floor and a couple more dogs.
“They’re very happy and content, so that’s good,” Rallston says.
The sanctuary will be in a building about 40 minutes from where Ralstone works, with an indoor/outdoor facility that will be fully accessible to dogs and other animals.
Ralstein says she will need to find a place for the cats, and hopes to hire a caretaker and a kennel to manage the animals while the shelter is operating.
She has a few ideas, including renting space out to other groups who have similar goals, but says the shelter will be a success if it can attract a lot more people to the area.
The location is not new to the project, Ralstrom says.
It was on her radar for a long time, and now it seems like the perfect time.
The project has already brought in $50,000 in donations.
“I think we have a lot going on, and the community is just getting to know the dogs better,” she says.