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Animal Rescue Group Restoring Victorian Home

Shelter to Home will make its new headquarters on Oak Street in Wyandotte.

A stately Victorian home on Oak Street will soon have new residents—and not all of them will be human.

The five-bedroom house at 266 Oak St. will be the new Shelter to Home Pet Adoption Center, a headquarters for the nonprofit group Shelter to Home that began as a grassroots effort in 2005. In 2007, the group gained official nonprofit status. Since then, Shelter to Home has rescued and found homes for more than 1,400 cats and dogs.

The new headquarters is still being renovated, and volunteers are putting in hundreds of hours to restore the house, built in 1874, in a fashion befitting its grace and history.

“We’ve been working very hard on getting it ready,” said Shelley Bawol, president of the group.

She projects a ribbon-cutting and grand opening sometime around the holidays.

The 2,400-square-foot property will provide Shelter to Home with an official place to do business, give it “great visibility within the local community, and more, importantly, it will provide us with the home setting in which to showcase some of our rescued animals,” Bawol said.

The group also will continue to use foster homes as temporary housing for animals rescued from pounds, given any needed veterinary care and then put up for permanent adoption.

“The Pet Adoption Center will serve as a center to educate the community regarding spay/neuter programs, as well as proper animal care,” Bawol said.

Meanwhile, Shelter to Home could use volunteer help to get the house ready to open, and is always in need of volunteers to serve as foster homes for rescued pets. The group pays for all foster home supplies, including food and cat litter, as well as veterinary care.

Services and skills needed to continue restoring the Oak Street house include woodworking, interior design, floor refinishing, painting, plumbing, electrical expertise, landscaping, snow removal, web design and marketing.

Items and materials needed include paint, office equipment, gardening equipment, signs, custom window screens and shop vacuums.

Volunteers and donors will be recognized inside the building on its “Wall of Kindness” and on the group’s website. Donations are tax-deductible, as well.

Looking to adopt a pet?

Shelter to Home conducts an application process to make sure rescued animals go to good, loving permanent homes. Visit the website to learn more, and watch for the grand opening of the 266 Oak St. facility, when you can visit the headquarters in person.

You also can follow the progress of converting the house into an adoption center by checking out the group's blog.

Mary Washko September 09, 2011 at 10:45 AM
Mr. Kesterson: God made different people who have different passions. Mine is a love for Historical Homes and yours is animals. I have and love animals and have adopted. My two dogs are my children. If someone might say "oh tear that historical home down", I would make a comment. But, my comment would not be RUDE and NASTY as some of the comments have been to me. I made the grave error saying I would not support STH and Ms. OneOrdinaryGirl was right, I did need time to cool off and I will support them......as I know you will support our Historical homes.
Mary Washko September 22, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen, my dream house has never looked better! SHELTER TO HOME at 266 Oak is very lucky to have a home! I stopped by and they didn't throw me off the porch. I will be supporting this wonderful cause. Hopefully, they'll invite me for a tour and I hope to be at the grand opening! Best Wishes!
bonnie rosenuck August 19, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I would love to work with u.love animals to I have many many animals. So I work know how to take care of them. I would love to help u.I also have a daughter that just graturated from high school.so we can both help out. Please call me.really want work with animals.313 704 4286???????
bonnie rosenuck August 19, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Iwould love to work with u 1313 704 4286
bonnie rosenuck August 19, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I would love to come an help out.I love animals to.have some my self.call me 313 704 4286

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