‘Creations 4 Critters’


TORRINGTON – Pinnacle Bank, Kiwanis of Goshen County and Century Lumber are sponsoring “Creations 4 Critters” to “get a new house for your furry, feathery or scaley best friend and support a great cause!”

Participating businesses throughout the community will have creations staged in their businesses. Participating businesses include Brown Company, Open Barrel Brewery, Heartland Embroidery, Bluebird Boutique, Platte Valley Bank, Wyo Theater, Wagner’s Floral, City of Torrington, Maddie and Adam Hernandez and Studio 127. Century Lumber and St. Joseph’s Children’s Home will have displays at Century Lumber, while Pinnacle Bank, Rockabilly Misfits, Front Range Sprinkler and Landscaping and Kathleen and Levi Troupe, Linda Heil, Adams Electric and NMC Cat will have displays at Pinnacle Bank.

This project came about after Paula Sanata and Kaleen Troupe learned about a project the Cheyenne branch organized to benefit Habitat for Humanity and K9’s for Mobility.

“Their idea was a lot different than what ours is,” Troupe explained. “You had to buy in, you had to pay $2,500 to get the doghouse and then you decorated it and then people would get raffle tickets.”

The group then split the earnings between Habitat for Humanity and K9’s for Mobility.

“I thought, ‘this is a really cool idea.’ I wonder how we can get it started,” Troupe said. “So, Paula and I got together, and she’s done like 99% of the work; I had the idea, and she took it and ran with it.”

Working off an idea relating to Gracie’s Promise, Troupe and Sanata decided to have participants build and decorate dog houses which would then be auctioned. The money collected from the auctions would then be divided equally to benefit both Wyo Help and Waggin’ Tails animal shelter.

People and groups throughout Torrington and the WyoBraska area worked to create entries for the project, including the children at St. Joseph’s Children’s Home. 

Troupe said the staff at St. Joseph’s built the dog houses while the residents later decorated them. She added it was a great way to get the kids involved with the project. 

As an additional piece to the project, the public will have the opportunity to vote for the citizen’s choice award. To vote by Nov. 4 at 4 p.m., visit the “Creations 4 Critters” Facebook group. The award, donated by Goshen County Kiwanis, will go to the person with the most votes.

“We got donations of siding from a place (Frontier Siding) in Cheyenne,” Sanata said. “We’ve had lots of support so far, and we would like to see that continue. We would like to make this an annual thing.”

An additional partner in the project, Century Lumber, offered a discount to those who constructed animal houses as part of “Creations 4 Critters.”

The two agreed they wanted to do this again next year, but they are also exploring other “creations” to highlight for future events.

Bidding for the animal houses will cease Nov. 4.

If someone does not wish to get involved with the animal house creations or the auction, donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated to Wyo Help and Waggin’ Tails. The list below provides the most needed items for each entity:

Wyo Help

• Soups that contain meat protein.

• Canned pastas with meat

• Stews

• Jars of spaghetti sauce especially those with meat.

• Boxed cold cereals.

• These are the items that are not usually on the shopping list.

• Other items that are always needed are

• Shampoo, razors, shave creme and lotion

Waggin’ Tails

• Wet/Dry Dog Food

• Wet/Dry Cat Food

• Cat Litter

• Paper Towels 

• Bleach

• Dog Treats

• Cat Treats

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