Teenagers Find Ways to Help Animals in Need

The right guidance helps our future leaders think of others first. Doing good things doesn’t take much.

Do you know how many of today’s youth are more interested in putting their phones down and doing something to help others? Not too many. A group of Florida high school kids, inspired by their amazing teacher, have found a way to learn life skills while helping animals in need. The students build dog houses and donate them to animal welfare organizations.





Barry Stewart is the amazing teacher inspiring kids to do more for other. He wanted to motivate his students to learn skills they will use as adults, helping them better prepare for the future, and in 2002 he started a program where his shop students learned basic construction skills while building dog houses. The houses are donated to the Houses for Hounds program run by the Forsyth County Animal Control.

Since the beginning of this program, the students have mastered construction skills and donated more than 600 dog house to low-income pet owners and animal welfare groups.

The teenagers have not only learned a wonderful skill, but this opportunity have also led them to design better homes for dogs in need. The houses now feature removable roofs, doorways positioned on the side of the homes to protect pets against wind, and a two-inch raised entryway to prevent pets from removing their beds.

This shows how the right guidance helps our future leaders to think of others first. Doing good things doesn’t take much, and the world would be a better place if compassion is taught at a young age.

The shop students now plan to add feeding stations to their goals and help even more animals in need. Think of all the homeless animals these feeding stations will help.

187 thoughts on “Teenagers Find Ways to Help Animals in Need

  1. too bad 90% of the schools don’t teach wood shop anymore, god forbid we teach them useful skills to be able to get a job in the future.

  2. Bless you all! It would be great if all dogs lived inside with loving families, but since that’s not reality-unfortunately-these homes can at least help some of the less fortunate pups!!!

  3. This is what you call ” Kids At Work ” .. and for a very good cause .. GOD bless you all and may your tribe increase .. ? ❤ ? ? ? ? !!!

  4. My only problem is that you shouldn’t have a dog if you make it live on the end of a chain connected to this house. I’m glad these teens are trying to help though.

  5. It will awesome if most high school will start doing a program like this , to help the shelters and people in need of a dog house ??? amazing job from this kids#gooddeed

  6. Very inspiring and a good example to all the others. May they reach their goal in education and life. May they always meet good people who could help them through their careers. Their parents must feel very proud as well.

  7. Great job — Just put a little tag on the dog house stating that dogs should not be left outside 24/7 chained or penned, even with a dog house!

  8. What an amazing idea!!! I love when people mentor the young. Could mean such a huge difference in their lives. What a great cause too. Thank you to them all.

  9. Dogs should be out in good weather being a dog enjoying the out doors just like us and they need a nice place to rest. This is an excellent example for the other teens that are on the Internet for all the wrong reasons.

  10. The roof overhangs on these dog houses don’t go out far enough to prevent rain from coming into the houses in states where it rains a lot. Actually, anywhere. Many of the commercial doghouses also don’t prevent the rain from coming into the doghouses. The overhangs need to go way out from the houses to prevent rain from coming into the houses. It’s a problem that needs to be fixed. Good intentions but need a different design.

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