Helping keep animals warm has turned into a retirement project for Charlie Robertson, who has partnered with Best Friends Animal Rescue of Logan County. Robertson, with the help of his wife Mary Nell, repair old beaten up dog houses to be used by those who cannot afford one for their pets. Charlie began this crusade a year ago and got so attached to the idea, he has turned his garage in Todd County into a make-shift repair shop.
His most recent project involved 50 old dog houses donated to Best Friends Animal Rescue by The Fix Foundation in Franklin. Out of those 50, Charlie was able to save 36 by mix-matching, hodge-podging, and downright recreating the dog house.
“I love building things,” said Charlie. “I also love animals very much. This is a project where I can put what I know and love together.”
Charlie and Mary Nell heard about all the wonderful things Belinda Humphrey and Linda Williams were doing for animals in Logan County last year. Both are founders of Best Friends Animals Rescue and have been supplying straw, dog houses, food, and rescue opportunities to animals both homeless and not for years.
“When we heard of what Belinda and Linda do we wanted to lend a hand,” said Charlie.
Last year Charlie made numerous dog houses out of plastic barrels. These served as a shelter to get the animals out of the weather. The recent project of repairing existing dog houses was a bit more challenging.
“I sometimes have to cut from one house that cannot be repaired and use it to repair another that can be saved,” said Charlie. It’s like putting together a puzzle with caulking.
Charlie said his wife Mary Nell helps him with the houses and it’s a team effort.
“I’m kind of the hands he needs to hold the pieces in place,” chuckled Mary Nell. “The go-get-this for me gal.”
Both feel very strongly about helping the animals stay warm. The couple has three dogs and a cat they call part of the family. In fact, Charlie has built somewhat of a pet condo for all of them.
“I have had animals all of my life. I grew up on a farm and I respect them immensely,” said Charlie.
Meeting Charlie and Mary Nell last winter and getting to know them has been a blessing for the rescue, said Humphrey.
“They are always ready to help our rescue whether it is mending fences for outside dogs or building/repairing dog houses for the community dogs,” said Humphrey. “This winter is going to be our best yet helping the community thanks to The Fix Foundation donating dog houses and Charlie for repairing them.”
Humphrey is also very excited about a recent huge donation of straw. An anonymous donor 350 bales.
Williams said Charlie and Mary Nell are always there when they need them.
“They have the best attitudes and are always uplifting,” said Williams. “They are both Angels of Mercy for the work they have done and continue to do so for the rescue. Charlie can turn a rock into a diamond.”
Humphrey and Williams said they can always use help delivering the houses and straw. Also if anyone has a dog house to donate they can call 270-772-2919 for pick up.
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