Meridian Canine Rescue builds tiny homes for dogs

Posted at 4:42 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 10:51:28-04

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Tiny houses have been popping up all across the country. One local organization took this new popular idea and created tiny homes, but for dogs.

Meridian Canine Rescue is making sure their rescue dogs live in comfort in their newly built tiny homes.

"We're building these houses to emulate a really comfortable space for them," Meridian Canine Rescue Director of Rescue Programs, Hillary Holloway says.

The houses are for rescue dogs to live in while they wait to be adopted.

"It's for these dogs who normally wouldn't do well," Holloway says. "For them to be less overwhelmed and then hopefully transition easier into their adoptive home."

The idea came during a staff meeting. Team members were inspired by DIY shows that displayed others building tiny homes for families. They wanted to bring this idea to their organization to make their dogs feel more at home.

"We were all just coming up with the idea of what else we could do. We all started talking, and it just kept rolling and rolling and now were here," Holloway says.

Traditional metal kennels can be small and unwelcoming to dogs. The new tiny homes give the rescue dogs enough space for living and a trainer to work inside with them.

"They are going to have a comfortable living space for the dogs. So, a bed but also a window so they can look out of their space," Holloway says.

Meridian Canine Rescue only has a few staff members. They relied on volunteers to help build.

"We could not have done this without our volunteers, and I want to thank them a million times over for how amazing they've been to us and all of the donations and everyone really coming together for the dogs," Holloway says.

If you are interested in volunteering, head to their website to find out more.