Submitted by Jessica Huxmann –
Witnessing the plight of homeless animals can be a jarring experience for the mind. Visiting homeless animals in Adams County had become equally jarring for the body.
As of April 1 at least 63 potholes lined the gravel driveway to the Humane Society of Adams County’s Adoption Center in West Union. Winter ice, spring thaws, and countless vehicles had eroded the surface to the point that navigating the craters was like playing “Frogger.”
The potholes ranged in size from basketball-diameter to several feet across and were constantly filled with rainwater, which disguised their depth. Unwary vehicles splashed and bumped their way along the route, risking undercarriage damage and causing the holes to grow larger with each bash.
In addition to the risk of wounded automobiles, the degraded driveway decreased the chances that members of the public would make the journey to the Adoption Center to check out the available pets. Some of the dogs and cats at the Center had been there for months. Anything that stacked the cards against them, such as a harrowing trip down the lane, may have further spoiled their chances of getting a new family of their own.
Luckily for the homeless cats and dogs in the shelter, heroes were on their way to save the day. On April 15, individuals from Columbus Industries of West Union spent their valuable time grading and filling the Adoption Center driveway.
When the work was complete, the surface was smooth and secure, without a pothole in sight. Staff, volunteers, and adopters alike have been all smiles ever since, now that their biggest worry is no longer how to navigate the drive but is instead how to get the next animal a great new home.
The Humane Society and the animals in their care would like to thank Columbus Industries and all of people who made this outcome possible.
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