13-Year-Old Donates Homemade Dog Beds To Animal Shelter To Earn Eagle Scout Award

A young man in Adams County, Colorado is working on his Eagle Scout Award as part of Boy Scout Troop 402. Although he’s allergic to dogs, Jace Nelson wanted to do something to make the dogs at the Adams County Animal Shelter more comfortable.

Jace, age 13, began by calling the shelter to see what he could do to help. Then he visited with Andrew Brooks, the volunteer coordinator at the Adams County Animal Shelter, where it was decided dog beds were what was needed most. In an interview with 9News, Jace stated

“Me and my dad, the first day we went there and we saw a bunch of the animals didn’t have beds, and on the way out we saw the surgery room and a lot of the dogs that didn’t have beds might have just had surgeries, so they might be uncomfortable as they lay on the floor with just like a blanket or something underneath them.”

With more than $400 raised by asking family members, friends, and neighbors, Jace collected all of the parts needed. The Home Depot in Brighton at the Prairie Center also helped out by donating some pipes and screws. Jace, along with help from his troop mates, made 15 beds for the shelter dogs. Rescue Coordinator Brooks is especially proud of the dog beds, as many of the larger dogs they have needed a place to rest, and described Jace as having a ‘huge heart with a lot of compassion.’

More than 150 hours of community service went into the project. Jace decided to build the dog beds to beat his brother on getting his Eagle Scout at an earlier age while at the same time helping animals in need of a warm and comfortable place to sleep. His brother received his Eagle Scout a few nights before he turned 14. Jace wants to receive this honor a month before he turns 14. To get the Eagle Scout Award, Jace has to show leadership and maturity by raising money and providing a significant service to the community or a non-profit organization.

To receive the Eagle Scout Award, Jace has to show leadership and maturity by raising money and providing a significant service to the community or a non-profit organization, which he has surely done with this generous gift.

Facebook: Adams County Animal Shelter Adoption Center gave a shout-out on their community page saying

“We want to give a huge shout out to Jace Nelson. As part of his Eagle Scout Award, he built 15 dog beds for our shelter. Jace raised all the money for the materials on his own, and actually raised an additional $53, which he donated to us. We are beyond thankful for Jace’s help, and our pups especially appreciate it!”

The dogs and staff at Adams County Animal Shelter thank you, Jace, for the significant service and act of kindness you’ve shown them by providing these beds. You’re a caring young man who’s shown early in life that you know how to make things happen. This is a valuable trait in today’s world where animals are often abandoned and forgotten at our nation’s shelters.

Elisa Taylor

Elisa's articles have helped save thousands of the shelter pets she writes about, along with animal welfare and cruelty case articles which are published on Pictures-of-cats.org as well as her personal website at Nationalcatexaminer.com (National Cat Reporter). Elisa lives with her daughter and a multitude of cats (including one cat­-dog named Cujo). As a writing "addict" Elisa enjoys sharing interesting stories with other animal lovers.

1 comment

  1. Serena says:

    My dog got one of these beds that this great kid donated. It’s so touching to me because my dog has been locked up in Adams county animal shelter (illegally!) for 2 years plus. Unfortunetly with paying to save his life I was unable to purchase another bed like this, even though he desperately needed another one (he’s in that cage 24 hours a day, doesn’t get out on visits or anything).

    Thank you Jace Nelson for donating Baby’s new bed that you made yourself. I noticed the bed as soon as I walked into a visit with him a few days before your story went on news.

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