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Local Union Carpenters Help LaPorte Co Small Animal Shelter

Local union carpenters of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) recently lent a hand at the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter. In early April, three IKORCC carpenters volunteered their skills to complete the Small Animal Shelter’s building addition and cat room renovation. In four days, the carpenters gutted and remodeled the cat room by installing new fiberglass-reinforced panels on the walls, new ceilings, lights, new cabinetry and trim and a new window. “It’s an honor for us to be able to help a great local organization. Serving the community is at the heart of IKORCC, and it truly shows in the volunteer service of each of the carpenters who helped out with this project,” said Scott Cooley, IKORCC Senior Representative. The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 32,000 professional tradespeople in 43 locals in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and parts of West Virginia and Tennessee and is an affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

“I cannot thank them enough,” said Jane Bernard, LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter Director. “They came to our rescue when funds ran short, and we would not have been able to complete the project if it wasn’t for their commitment to provide the labor and expertise to get the job done. The finished room is such an improved environment for our cats spending time at the shelter and also very welcoming for the public to view our cats. We truly appreciate the hard work that went into upgrading our cat room.” The LaPorte County Animal Shelter provides animal control services for all unincorporated areas of LaPorte County and also operates the county animal shelter. It is located at 2855 West State Road 2 in La Porte, Ind.