There is an old tale about if you give a man a fish a day he will expect it every day BUT if you teach him to fish he will sustain him self and his family. I am saying this because i am a little disgusted with the shelter we called today, who was the recipient of about 30 beds. When the shelter stops by to pick them up, we tell them they are recoverable. I’m sure they could find a person to sew new covers as the cost of cover is minimal the cost of the pipe and corners is about $15.00 per bed. This is what I meant by the opening lines. Someone could have sewn new covers! On our web site we have videos of how they are fabricated along with the exact sizes to cut the pipe and material. You see when I called and asked how they were doing I received a surprise when they said they needed beds. I asked what happened and was told the dogs destroyed them.  I asked if they still had the pipes and was informed they threw them out.  You see this is what happens when persons or organizations receive something for NOTHING.  I realize that we receive funding but this type of stewardship is unacceptable to me or my organization. They evidently placed no value on the goods received and I resent that.  It would be like letting a child have a toy you know he would destroy! If the persons at the shelters saw that the dogs were abusing the beds all that they had to do was remove them until they have a dog that would not abuse them.  SIMPLE

This instance is making us seriously reconsider our options when we supply beds – Maybe if the shelters paid a token fee they would be more careful?

Any body have any thoughts on this issue?

Paul Kattner

I am retired after working as an industrial mechanic for most of my work career. I am married have had animals friends almost my whole life. This project that I have taken on has given me more satisfaction than my whole work career. So far over 600 beds and 60 cat bunks or towers have been made and donated to various shelters. Some new items were dog bunk beds and cat hammocks. I sleep at night knowing that in a small way we have made a difference in the life of the animals who have received our beds. We have sent beds to Nebraska, Texas, State of Washington and New Jersey. We have helped Eagle Scouts in their projects and in turn they have helped us.

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  1. Bob says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head Paul. These people didn’t value something they didn’t have to pay for. I have grandchildren that know better!
    I can’t believe they let 30 beds get destroyed. I think you should charge a token fee…..especially for any establishment that receives so many beds. The time, effort and stock that you use in making so many beds should be valued much more than it was with these people.
    I can only imagine how they treat their four legged guests!

    Keep up your great work.

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