Volunteers build fences to create space for rescued dogs

Volunteers build fences to create space for rescued dogs

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Spotting a stray dog out and about is common, and animal shelters only have so much room to house and care for them. 

Five years ago, Sarah Field helped launch "4 Legged Friends", a nonprofit devoted to seeking adoption for stray dogs. 

"I find them on my way home, on my way to work, at the clinic I work at people find them. We get calls from the shelter and we get calls from other rescues to help. We get calls daily," Field said. 

When Field's program finds an abandoned dog, she says the first step is getting that animal treatment. 

"We vet them first. Generally speaking, we vet them first and we also have a waiting list. We do have people that will find dogs and get them vetted and they're waiting for us to have a space open so when we get a dog adopted we will take in one that they have that's already been vetted," Field said.

With 36 dogs, the program's space is getting crowded. Atmos Energy stepped in through it's volunteer company: Volunteer for Purpose. 

"They went through a process where they pick different nonprofits and they picked us to do a project for us. We kind of told them the different things that we needed. They actually picked our biggest project that we needed which was actually our play yard. It was a blessing. A huge blessing," Field said. 

The task for the volunteers is to help build fences around the outside of the shelter, giving the animals more space outside. Ed Espinoza, with Atmos Energy, says this isn't the only project the group has in store. 

"We find projects throughout Lubbock and throughout the surrounding areas and figure out if we can help or if we can not help. Some of them we can, some we can't. We picked this project to help the dog shelter. It came about and we started the process and communicated and we just want to help get things done to help these pets," Espinoza said.  

If you're looking to adopt one of the shelters' dogs, click here

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