- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

DALLAS, N.C. (AP) - One Dallas man couldn’t handle seeing another pooch tied to a tree and sleeping in the cold this winter. So he’s doing something about it.

Casey Evans sent out a post on Facebook saying he would build a doghouse for anyone who needs a way to help keep dogs warm this winter.

The response was more than he could’ve imagined.

In a week, he had finished nearly five dog houses and received hundreds of messages.

Evans, now 34, was 7 years old when his childhood dog died.

“I wasn’t too nice to that dog, and then one day in the wintertime he was laying out in his doghouse dead,” he said. “And I’ve thought about that almost every day for the rest of my life.”

Evans doesn’t think low temperatures killed his pet, but the image stuck with him.

“I can’t do anything about it now, but I can make it so other dogs don’t have to suffer,” he said.

As an adult, he said he too often notices neglected animals. There are a lot in Gaston County, he said.

Work was slow one day in early December, and Evans found himself with a little extra time and wood on his hands. He planned to build a building outside his grandmother’s home, where he lives. But he had a better idea.

He decided to start building doghouses. He took his plan to Facebook to see who might need one.

“If anyone has a dog or pet that has to stay outside, please get a hold of me,” he wrote. “It kills me to hear, see or read about all these animals being neglected. So PLEASE tell me if you need one.”

Since that first post, Evans said he’s gotten hundreds of messages requesting doghouses. He admits he won’t be able to get to most of them. But he’s trying his best.

It’s something of a first come, first serve basis, he said. But he also takes into account the person’s plea.

“If it seems really genuine or they’ve got a story to tell, I’ll try to get to them,” he said.

Evans has been taking time to build the doghouses in his backyard when the weather is good.

He also takes care of his grandmother.

If he wants to continue the generosity, Evans says he’ll need more materials and somewhere he could work indoors.

He doesn’t want to accept any donations of money but does need more wood, shingles and screws.

“I’ll keep making them until I can’t make them anymore,” he said.

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Information from: The Gaston Gazette, https://www.gastongazette.com


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