Hazle man creates beds for shelter dogs
With plastic pipe and heavy canvas, Paul Kattner is creating comfy beds for area shelter dogs.
Through the Hazle Township man’s “Beds 4 Paws” project, homeless animals won’t have to sleep on cold, concrete floors.
“The way I see it, animals don’t have anyone to talk to. They didn’t ask to be born, and they didn’t ask to be dropped off on the side of the road,” Kattner said of the reason behind helping the homeless canines.
The bed frames are made from lengths of pipe on which Kattner affixes heavy, washable canvas.
The beds are elevated, Kattner said, so “dogs won’t have to sleep on the cold floor in the winter or on the hot floor in the summer.”
The Animal Resource Center near Bloomsburg already uses off-the-ground beds and is welcoming Kattner’s donations. He also dropped off a trial bed to the Hazleton Animal Shelter.
An animal lover, Kattner found plans for the beds on a website for the Columbus Dog Connection, a group of dog enthusiasts in Ohio who rescue all breeds of canines. He contacted the group and learned that members had built and donated numerous beds to shelters across Ohio.
He figured he could do the same locally, and shelter officials were receptive to the plans. He’s making small, medium and large beds, and is hoping members of the community will assist him.
For information on how to help, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hazleton resident John Medashefski will help with the next round of beds, and Kattner has received support from Hajoca Corp., Hazleton Area Landlord Organization , Cedar Street Supply, Tractor Supply Co., attorney Donald Karpowich and George Hayden Inc. Those who donate will have their names added to the beds with white chalk, he said.
He also invited other regional animal shelter representatives to contact him if they want to learn how to build the beds for dogs – or even cats.
“I can’t make beds for every shelter, but I can show volunteers how to make them,” he said.
Kattner said he has a deep love of animals – something he believes was instilled in him when he was growing up.
His dog, Snowball, was adopted from a shelter, and Kattner encourages others to consider adopting shelter animals.