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High School Students Make Doghouses For Pets Who Lost Their Homes To California Wildfires

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Last year, Paradise, California, suffered from the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.

Dozens died, and thousands lost their homes — including many dogs.

Months after the fire, many dogs are still in shelters. One high school in Rancho Cordova, California, came up with a class project to help.

Students in a construction class at the school made doghouses for pups who lost their homes to the fire. They loaded the finished houses onto a trailer and hand-delivered them to an animal shelter in Paradise.

Ashley, a student at the school, is in charge of the class project.

She says her teacher came up with the idea originally.

“Once he told me about it, I just ran with it. It’s been a great project to do,” Ashley told a local reporter. “It’s a little bit difficult, but for the most part, it’s a lot of fun. The students are great, and they’ve been really helpful throughout the whole thing. They’ve been really dedicated, and I love it.”

The doghouses are going to the Paradise Animal Shelter. The students are sending over 30 doghouses… plus one chicken coop.

Their teacher, Andre, couldn’t be more proud of their efforts.

“It’s really great seeing them… putting together all the skills we’ve been learning in class and putting it to good use for a great cause,” he said.

Watch the video to see the incredible doghouses these high school students built!

Footage provided by KTXL Sacramento 

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