By ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY NEWS
Leadership Redmond is combining some of Central Oregon’s favorite things: dogs and beer. And it’s all for a good cause.
“If I was a volunteer at Brightside, I’d have 87 cats and no husband!” Louise Caplan of Leadership Redmond said.
It’s one of the many reasons, she says, that this year’s project for Leadership is replacing Brightside Animal Shelter’s 32 outdoor kennels.
“Our kennels, they’re about 15 to 18 years old,” said Shelter Manager Pat Bowling. “The outside kennels have just been repaired and double repaired and we’ve done everything e can and it’s time now to have new kennels put in.”
“They’re in terrible disrepair,” said Caplan. “They’re a danger to the animals and to the volunteers.”
The shelter and Leadership Redmond are working together to raise the $100,000 for the project.
So far, the shelter has raised about $35,000.
“We’ll get a couple thousand out of this project, and we’ve also reached out to local companies to donate supplies,” Caplan said.
Replacing the kennels will happen in three phases, with the first beginning early next week.
“They’re going to pour in concrete, drains and put in new kennels for us, which is going to be fantastic for us,” Bowling said.
They’ve also partnered with Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, who’s created a special IPA for the project.
“We wanted to help however we could, and that’s shown in the name, ‘Pawsitive IPA’,” said Cascade Lakes Brewing General Manager Andy Rhine. “We wanted to bring something positive to the world in all of this sort of negativity.”
Cascade Lakes will donate $1 from every six-pack sold to the Kennel Project.
Bowling says Leadership Redmond’s help raising funds has been extraordinary.
“They’re a Godsend,” Bowling said.
You can grab a pack of Pawsitive IPA starting July 31st at Cascade Lakes in Bend or Seventh Street Brewhouse in Redmond, where they’ll also be hosting a launch party on the same day.