Jacob Hove, a Scout from BSA Troop 2810 chartered out of Salem Lutheran Church of Sycamore, recently completed his Eagle project benefiting Tails Humane Society in DeKalb.
Hove has always loved animals, and his family owns an assortment of pets, so he wanted a project to reflect that. He consulted with Ali Taylor, volunteer and outreach manager at Tails, and came up with a project of building a cat hotel that had seven compartments. Hove designed the blueprints himself as he is mechanically inclined and enjoys building things.
Tails’ mission statement is “building a compassionate community through the care for companion animals” and the organization facilitates adoptions of animals to good homes. By building the two-level cat hotel, the felines get a homier environment that promotes socializing, thus the cats are out more which can lead to more pet adoptions.
Marc Shipman, former committee chairman for the troop, helped Hove cut the wood needed for the boxes in his woodshop. First, they pre-cut the necessary pieces and then Hove had his fellow troop members, family members and friends assist him in assembling the boxes. The last step was installing the structure in the front cat room at Tails, and sliding in the cat beds and adding scratching posts to the frame.