New Digs for Dogs – CHS Receives $30,000 in Facility Repairs

It will be a Happy New Year indeed for shelter pets at Coastal Humane Society. On Monday, December 30 and Tuesday, New Year’s Eve day, Hardypond Construction of Portland will donate materials and labor to make many much needed improvements to the Coastal Humane Society animal care facility, focused around the dog housing in the isolation unit.

Bob Gaudreau, owner of Hardypond, is the husband of a CHS Board member and is responsible for the donation. “I have called in some favors from friends in the industry to provide services and materials to make this all happen,” he said. “This is all to be donated.”

The labor for the $30,000+ project will be donated by Hardypond Construction, who will also donate some materials; other supplies will be donated by Hancock Lumber, Garand Enterprises, Overhead Door of Maine, Residential Sprinkler Services, Tecta Roofing of America, Airtemp Comfort Systems, Fieldstone Welding, and Keeley Electrical.

Among the repairs to be made are improvements to the insulation in the dog isolation unit, which has previously been heated with costly space heaters in the drafty space. Repairs will be made to dog kennels as well. Other attention will be directed to expanding shelter storage, fixing leaking roofs, improving roof insulation, and other renovations to improve fire safety. Also to be improved: the outdoor dog yards, with paneling put in place between pens.

During the time of repairs, dogs will temporarily be moved to another wing of the shelter.

“Thanks to this generous gift, our dogs will be more comfortable at CHS until they find their way into their forever home,” said Karen Stimpson, Executive Director. “We’ll have a more efficient facility which will save us money in the longer run – and hold us over until we move our adoptable animals up to our 190 Pleasant Street Adoption Facility when it’s complete.”

The organization is planning a multi-year campaign to build an Animal Adoption and Community Center on Pleasant Street in Brunswick. It is a 3.4 million dollar project, now in the first of four phases.

The Coastal Humane Society is a nonprofit charitable corporation founded in 1950, dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals and providing care and protection for the area’s stray, abandoned and abused animals. CHS receives no federal or state funds, and receives local funds only through animal control fee-for-service contracts with 14 towns along Maine’s mid coast. All other funding for CHS must be raised through donations. CHS assists more than 2,000 animals each year. To donate to CHS and support this effort, please call 449-1366 ext. 2 or visit 


Thank you, Hardypond and friends!

Hardypond workers and volunteers brave the chilly Maine weather to lend a paw to animals