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20200311 bentson builds 01Bentsen Palm RV Park recently took on a project to help a pet shelter with something they really needed. The park got involved with Cinderella Pet Rescue about four years ago when they learned about the no-kill pet shelter. They learned about the shelter when trying to find somewhere to take stray dogs to – they had a number of stray dogs at the park that needed homes.

Marcie Swenson, activity director at the park, said residents were hooked in helping the shelter and fulfilling the needs of the shelter whenever they could.


Through the years, the park has donated time, food and other supplies to the shelter. But there was a new need the shelter expressed recently that the park decided to try and fill. The shelter was in need of some dog houses. Specifically, the shelter asked for two small dog houses and two large dog houses.

Swenson said they made dog houses fit for a king.

Through monetary donations, supplies and labor, the park was able to provide the shelter with what was asked – four dog houses.20200311 bentson builds 03

The dog houses are practically small little houses with ventilation, shingles on the roof and more.

“Everyone came out and helped,” said Swenson. If one person started working on the project, others would show up and pitch in where needed.

“I’m very proud of what’s been accomplished.”

Jim Stikeleather, who Swenson said has been dubbed their park engineer, designed the houses. She said he has always been available to work on projects at the park, and this was no exception. You give him an idea and he runs with it – and gets it done, no matter what the project is, added Swenson.

Park residents were able to present the owner of Cinderella Pet Rescue with the houses along with food, leashes, toys, treats and other items. The owner has been very thankful for the work the park has done for the shelter.

If anyone wants to help out the shelter, or find out more information, you can visit their website at www.cinderella-pet-rescue.org.

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