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Non-profits partner up to make play space for dogs

Stray dogs being held at the shelter have a new place to run free at a newly constructed play space for dogs which opened on Thursday, July 31, at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands.

Stray dogs being held at the shelter have a new place to run free at a newly constructed play space for dogs which opened on Thursday, July 31, at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands. Photo by Billy DeLap.

— A newly constructed play space for dogs at an animal shelter was created when four charitable and nonprofit organizations came together to help.

On Thursday, July 31, at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, officials from Habitat for Humanity Capital District, Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation and the Humane Society and CEO Youth Build, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the play space.

The dogs that are being held at the shelter are strays or part of animal cruelty cases. While they wait for their owners to pick them up or pending the outcome of a trial, the dogs need a safe place to exercise.

Bonnie Chavin, a board member for the Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, said helping out with the project fell right in line with what the foundation supports.

“This project seemed a perfect way to carry on Mr. Fox’s kind acts. I know Mr. Fox would be grateful for the work by Habitat for Humanity and the Youth Build volunteers to make these yards a reality and for the wonderful work by the Humane Society to make it as pleasant and safe as possible for dogs under their care,” said Chavin.

When Chavin approached the Humane Society to find out what she could do to help the animals, Executive Director of the Mohawk Hudson branch, Brad Shear knew it would be a good partnership.

“It started when Bonnie Chavin was taking a tour of the facilities just to see if the foundation could help out in some way, and when she saw the dogs in this building, which don’t belong to us yet, didn’t really have a good place to get outside and run around, she felt like that was a real need that was in line with what the foundation wanted to do,” said Shear.

Seymour Fox was a trial attorney in Troy who dedicated his free time to helping families in the area. When he died at 84 in 2010, in his will, he made a bequest that he stipulated be used to support charitable organizations engaged in making the world a better place. In 2012, a private charitable foundation in his name was created to provide funding for public charities.

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