Waterfowl rescue plans barn raising

Nov. 20, 2012 @ 03:04 PM

As Carolina Waterfowl Rescue prepares for a team of volunteers in the end of December, they are hoping for other people in the community to help with their new location. 

The animal rescue group is looking for local organizations to donate food, beverages and snacks to give the volunteers from Dec. 31 until Jan. 10, 2013, when they are helping to build a barn and other improvements on the Indian Trail property. The group is also seeking additional volunteers to help the college team. 

The team is coming in thanks to a grant for $60,000 from The Petfinder Foundation. The grant provided the funding and a team of volunteers to help complete various projects. It is the first time the organization has worked with a waterfowl rescue facility. 

"The more people we can get to sign up to bring food in, the more of the grant money will be available for supplies," Volunteer Sandi Bush said. 

Most of the grant money and volunteer work will be spent on the barn. However, they would also like to build fencing, get an aerator for the big pond and build two or three additional shelters around the property so that birds can escape the elements. 

"The more volunteers we have, of course, the more work we'll get done," Bush said. "I think it will be a great experience." 

A crew will be out in the next few weeks to pour a concrete slab for the barn's foundation. The barn will be used to house injured animals, supplies and other necessities. 

The work days will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

The rescue group moved into their permanent location over the summer. 

"It's coming along well," Bush said. "We typically have been having a couple of workdays each month." 

Anyone interested in volunteering to build or bring food is encouraged to call the hotline at 704-668-9486 or e-mail help@duckrescue.org.