Pitching in to fix up animal shelter

Published 07/07 2013 05:22PM

Updated 07/08 2013 06:29PM

EFFINGHAM -- People are making a difference in the lives of dozens of homeless animals. They spent the morning volunteering to fix up the humane society.

A truck is making stops across the country where people are doing service in their community. When the truck pulled up in Effingham, helping hands were ready to get to work.

"They brought a couple guys and a truck full of equipment and said, 'what can we do for you?'" said humane society operations manager Anita Bierman. "And we said, 'we've got plenty of projects for you guys to do for us!'"

So you better believe they got right to work as soon as the equipment arrived.

"Everybody's sweating pretty good this morning," said Randy Ruholl, who owns the Sears store in town.

Ruholl brought some of his workers. And other people from the community came by to lend a hand or man a mower.

"It's great that people are willing to take time out of their day, especially on a Sunday morning to come out here and help us out because we need it," said Bierman.

Volunteers put down new paths for walking their four-legged friends.

"It's been hot and we've done some pretty hard work," said Justis Coventry, who is 15 years old.

The Teutopolis boy scout troop came too. They were digging in to help fill out the new pet cemetery.

"Service hours," said 13-year-old Andy Isley. "They give us stuff and we give back."

And they say it's better when they're working together.

"It's not like you're out there by yourself wishing you were with other people and you actually get to work with other people and have a good time," said Coventry.

At the humane society, workers help strays and abandoned animals find their forever homes. But they say getting a makeover for their temporary home is just as sweet.

"A lot of these people out here, they're customers of mine," said Ruholl. "They have helped us do well in Effingham so we're just trying to pay then back, do something for the humane society."

Volunteers spent almost four hours working at the humane society. But they say they had a lot of fun and were happy to help a good cause.

The Make A Difference truck has stopped at several other cities across the U.S. already this summer -- including Moore, Oklahoma after the tornado hit. Their next stop is Chicago on Friday.

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