For his Eagle Scout project, Sam Snyder, a senior at McIntosh High built a pavilion and dog runs at the County Animal Shelter.

They say dogs are man’s best friend, and Sam Snyder is a darn good friend to dogs. For his Eagle Scout project, Snyder, a senior at McIntosh High School, built a 24’ x 20’ pavilion with four 10’ x 10’ dog runs for the county animal shelter.

Snyder selected the shelter build for his Eagle Scout project because he wants to become a veterinarian and saw it as a great chance to help out animals in need.

The project was a labor of love, made possible with help from a lot of people. Snyder kicked off the project in November 2017 and finished it in August of this year, totaling roughly 500 volunteer hours of work.

“It took a lot of people, a lot of hands, and a lot of time,” said Snyder.

The pavilion will offer shelter dogs more outdoor time, while also easing the burden on shelter workers when they need to clean out the kennels.

“It’s not your typical, average Boy Scout project,” said Shelter Director Jerry Collins, calling it a “massive undertaking.” “This project will help the shelter out immensely.”

The county hosted a ribbon cutting at the shelter before honoring Snyder at that night’s Board of Commissioners meeting as a thank you for his generosity.