Animal Shelters

Animal Shelters for Dogs & Cats

Local industrial arts teacher Dirk Hofer and the students of Lakes District Secondary School created an excellent dog and cat shelter made from a single sheet of plywood plus some other materials. The College of New Caledonia residential building maintenance program expanded on the concept by creating “ready to assemble” flat packs of dog houses that can be transported where they are needed.

Since 2010, over 200 “Hofer Houses” have been built for dogs and cats in need, by groups such as the LDSS industrial arts program, Endeavours program, the CNC residential building maintenance program, Mr. Gooding’s class and the students at Babine Elementary Secondary School. Many of these houses were painted by elementary students – particularly Ms. Russell’s students. The Hofer House Design has been shared with groups around the world so even more dogs and cats can have a place to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

You can make your own dog house by downloading the simple step-by-step instructions to the left.

Instructions to assemble the houses from a ‘flat pack’ are HERE

Check out Lyle Phillips’Dirk Hofer’s YOUTUBE Video about the “Out of the Cold” project where you can meet Dirk Hofer, the industrial arts teacher behind the design used in building over 200 of our dog /cat houses.