Extreme Makeover, Puppy Room Edition

Published 1:30 am Wednesday, January 25, 2017

By Jennifer Shrader



The puppy room at the LaGrange-Troup County Humane Society is looking a lot brighter these days.


An effort led by humane society volunteer Mandy Bono, her Girl Scout troop and some other volunteers, now has the puppy room sporting new paint and new floors.


The floors were finished Monday, so after they’re allowed to set for 48 hours, shelter and humane society puppies can take their new digs over.


“It was not very appealing before,” said Linda Couto, humane society executive director.


The puppy room, a separate area of the shelter, is kept as a quiet, more stress-free room for birthing mothers and newborn puppies. The walls, before the makeover, were pretty drab. Now they feature bright colors and sayings.


Couto and Chief Animal Control Officer Chris Bussey had nothing but praise for the volunteers who worked on the project.


“Mandy decided she wanted to paint the puppy room,” Couto said. “She did the basic painting and the outlines. She recruited a friend (Sonja Barfield and her husband, Kevin), and she’s also involved with Girl Scout Troop 10100, so they helped.”


The entire project cost the Humane Society $31.20, thanks to the donations of Home Depot and Sherwin Williams.


Home Depot donated the paint and Sherwin Williams donated many of the supplies used on the project.


“I’ve been trying to figure out a way to thank them,” Couto said.