Kettering fraternity and sorority students build dog houses

Published: Aug. 10, 2018 at 4:34 PM EDT
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(8/10/18) - For some of our outdoor 4-legged friends, it's a struggle to find shelter or relief from mid-Michigan's changing weather.

That's why several Flint area organizations partnered up with Greek students at Kettering for an event Friday that made tails wag.

Community involvement is a part of fraternity and sorority life. But, this project is dog-gone good.

Habitat for Humanity is usually known for building homes for people.

But, when the organization found out there was a need for dog shelters, they partnered up with Kettering Greek students and Genesee County Humane Society for a dog-house build-off.

"This is something where we can bring a lot of community members together to do something good for our community. So, it's, and it's still a house," said Greg Hull, Habitat for Humanity Development Director for Genesee County.

Nine Kettering fraternities and two sororities each built their own dog house and added their own "flair" to make it unique.

You could call it a labor of love for those involved.

"There's a bit of a rivalry. But, I think at the end of the day, we're all trying to help the Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity," commented Daniel Gururizzian, Habitat for Humanity Kettering University Chapter Vice President.

Kettering students were asked to judge which dog house they thought was best, by donationg a dollar for each of their votes, with the money raised going to Habitat for Humanity.

"We're big animal lovers, so it was a lot of fun getting the whole house together and build this," added Austin Flint, a Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity member.

"We did a couple of fine-tuning on some of the edges, because we both had some construction experience. And after that, the next day, a couple of other brothers came together and we all painted it," said Andrew Kennedy, a Phi Delta Theta fraternity member.

After judging and picking the "top" dog-house, they will be loaded up for a short trip to the Humane Society of Genesee County.

"We're going to be able to deliver a dog house to the family to keep that animal in the home. And we already have a waiting list of people who need dog houses," commented Ruth Cantor, Humane Society of Genesee County Executive Director.

The winning dog house will receive a trophy and bragging rights until next year.