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Pet project earns Eagle Scout honors

DECATUR -- This soon-to-be Eagle Scout can finally get some rest now that his work is coming to an end.
DECATUR -- This soon-to-be Eagle Scout can finally get some rest now that his work is coming to an end. He didn't have to look far to find a project.

He's helping a place where he volunteers each week giving dogs without a home, some comfort. WCIA-3's Steve Staeger shows us how his contribution will help.

A few years ago, Jack Kaufman was looking for a best friend. Little did he know his trip to the Macon County Animal Control to pick up Sadie wouldn't end with just an adoption.

"I got her here and from then on, I asked about volunteering whenever I got her and they brought up that I could do that and I've been taking dogs to PetSmart and taking them on walks and walking in parades with them."

So, when Jack was looking for a project to become an Eagle Scout, he didn't have to look far.

"I'm coming to the end and this is the best way I could think to end it, was right like this, helping another organization I love."

He went to one of the shelter's administrators who had an idea right away.

"A lot of times, they can't leave the dogs out in the summer because it's so hot. And she said they just need some shade."

So, he figured out a way to provide that shade with a little bit of style. He calls them puppy pavilions. He built one for each of the shelter's 14 dog runs.

"It weighs 420-pounds."

"All 14 of them?"


Jack got the $3,000 worth of supplies donated from area businesses. He and other volunteers spent hours putting them together.

"It's pretty overwhelming to think that I did it. I've had people tell me I couldn't do it. So, that kind of fuels you to do it."

An accomplishment which means a lot more than just a patch and a rank.

"The feeling of knowing you helped the helpless. Those dogs can't help themselves, and I just like to do it. It's a rewarding feeling."

Jack also got a construction company to move the puppy pavilions and a trucking company to drop them off, all for free.
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