Since its start in 2007, Rescue Rebuild has renovated more than 150 animal shelters in the United States and elsewhere.
The organization’s biggest project to date happens to be one of its most recent: the Humane Society of Grand Bahama, with work done in two phases, the second of which concluded on March 14 of this year.
Founded in 1968, HSGB serves more than 1,400 animals per year and is the only animal welfare organization on the island of Grand Bahama. During Hurricane Dorian last summer, the HSGB’s four buildings took on about 12 feet of water, damaging about 50% of the interiors.
Rescue Rebuild traveled to Grand Bahama in February with a staff of six and enlisted volunteers from around the country to remove large amounts of debris, fix fences and install drywall, doors and sunshades, among other repairs that HSGB needed.
“We are just so happy to be a small part of their recovery process,” said Rescue Rebuild founder and program director Bryna Donnelly. “Thanks to a generous grant from PetSmart Charities, we were able to invest $225,000 toward getting them back on their feet.”
“We are grateful for our partnership with PetSmart Charities to help the Humane Society of Grand Bahama get back to a safe working environment for their staff and animals,” said Liz Baker, CEO of the nonprofit GreaterGood.org, which in 2015 made Rescue Rebuild a signature program.
Applications for shelter renovations are evaluated and awarded based on a combination of need and impact, says Donnelly.
“There is no exact formula,” she added. “We love to help both our rural and metropolitan shelter partners. Our larger shelter partners may serve a larger number of pets each year, but rural organizations may be serving four counties. Impact comes in many forms.”
Rescue Rebuild is able to make the impact it does through its volunteer workforce, and the organization is always looking for additional help.
“Sometimes it takes an army to complete these projects,” said Donnelly. “We happily take and train people of all skill levels. Obviously in light of COVID-19, we are taking a break right now, but we will be back on the road as soon as it is safe to do so!”
To learn more about Rescue Rebuild volunteer opportunities, click here.