Dogs waiting to be adopted from Regional Animal Services of King County will be able to rest easier from now on, thanks to an Eagle Scout.
Kory Hollingsworth and a fellow Life Scout, Nathan Hansen, delivered 20 dog beds that were built as part of Hollingsworth’s Eagle Scout project. The scouts are members of Troop 392 in Normandy Park. The beds will be used in the dog kennels at the Pet Adoption Center in Kent.
“As a fellow Eagle Scout, I commend Kory for his commitment of time and effort to achieve this highest rank in Scouting, and I thank him for his donation to the pets of our region,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.
“I wanted to do a project for Regional Animal Services because my dog recently passed away, and I thought it would be a great way to give back to the animal shelter,” Hollingsworth said.
Hollingsworth raised funds for the project through private donations. He then ordered the materials and led the assembly process. Hollingsworth estimates he spent $245 on materials, and also received donations of supplies from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Kent and Rainier Industries.
Eleven Scouts and adult leaders from Troop 392 assisted Hollingsworth with construction of the pet beds. Sean Kent, another Eagle Scout, helped Hollingsworth build a prototype bed, which was then happily tested by Kent’s dog Honey. In all, Hollingsworth and his fellow Scouts spent nearly 80 hours on the project.
The beds, which are slightly raised off the floor, provide better body support and a more comfortable resting place for dogs. They are also easier to clean than traditional pillow-type pet beds, and allow air to circulate around the dog, keeping them cooler in summer.