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Rolling out the brick carpet


Posted: November 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Anthony Condello stands on the newly built walkway leading to the canine visiting area at the Castaic Animal Center.

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Anthony Condello from the Stevenson Ranch Boy Scout Troop 499 has made it much more pleasant for people to meet up with potential canine companions at the Castaic Animal Shelter.

As part of his Eagle Scout service project, Anthony chose a project that not only helped his community but also helped lonely animals at the shelter waiting to be adopted on Saturday, Nov. 2.

After meeting with members of the shelter they determined that the dirt pathway leading to the dog meet and greet areas would be a great project for Anthony.

The dirt pathway picked up dust in the summer and got real muddy in the rainy season, rendering the visiting area useless.

Sprucing up the pathway meant removing the dirt and replacing it with stone pavers; as well as clearing out the shrubbery area of trash and rocks and putting in new plants and bark ground cover.

The fundraising end of the project required roughly $600-plus in funds.

The area is for potential adopters to visit with the dogs to bond with, and see if a dog might be a good fit for joining a new family.

But, during the rainy season the pathway to the play yard gets so muddy that shelter staff is unable to bring the dogs to the visiting areas.

So, scouts, friends and family met at the Castaic Animal Shelter and Anthony orchestrated everyone to specific tasks. Some of the boys looked at the project as if it may be too much to accomplish. After two weekends, however, everyone was amazed with the outcome of the finished walkway.

One of the scout volunteers said that he felt a real sense of accomplishment because in the morning they started with a dirt path and at the end of the day finished with a very nice stone walkway.

Anthony has a great sense of pride that the paver walkway will be there for years to come and hopes that many dogs will happily make the walk down his pathway to meet with future families to find their forever homes.

This was a complex and time consuming project for Anthony to take on. It involved many hours of research, preparation, coordination, and project management to put this all together.

We are proud of the leadership and coordination skills that Anthony demonstrated during the course of this project.



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