Matt McClintock likes dogs, pure and simple.
And he’s pretty handy with a paint brush and saw.
So, it was a natural choice for the Livonia resident to build and donate dog houses for his Eagle Scout project in Troop 271.
â€œI like to build things,â€ said Matt, 13, an eighth grader at Holmes Middle School. â€œAnd I did it because I like dogs.â€ After touring the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) to earn his dog care merit badge last year, Matt wrote a letter to the organization. It was part of a school assignment requiring students to write business letters.
â€œThey responded and that started the ball rolling,â€ said his mom, Connie McClintock, adding that the tour helped raise his awareness of animal abuse. â€œMatt wanted to do something for the dogs.â€
He collected bottles and cans to raise funds for the project and solicited local businesses for supplies. He also recruited other Scouts, a few adults â€” his dad, Vince, among them â€” to help with the hands-on construction from plans supplied by MHS.
He and his helpers built six dog houses that MHS’ Animal Cruelty Investigation Department will supply to outdoor canines in need of warm shelter this winter.
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