Lucas Goad, a Pulaski County High School senior, has been working toward attaining prestigious Eagle Scout status for four years. A major requirement is to execute a community service project for a charity or church from start to finish. Goad set his sights on helping the homeless dogs at the Pulaski County Animal Shelter.
“I love my Yorkie-Poo, Duke, so much. He’s my buddy,” said Goad. He thinks all dogs should have the same good things in life – shelter, food, and warmth – that Duke has. “It’s unfair for dogs to wind up in homeless shelters when all they want is love from their owners,” he said.
Goad wasted no time putting his plan into motion. When he was a freshman, he set up a hot dog stand at the Newbern Fall Festival and raised the funds for the material to construct the houses.
Four years later – voila! Goad delivered three dog houses to the shelter on Tuesday, November 12th. The dog houses are strategically placed in the dog run areas in the shelter’s fenced in animal playground. Now, if it rains, dogs craving to get out from behind their barred kennels and into the great outdoors for a little while have a nice, dry place where they can retreat. None of the shelter dogs are left outside for more than an hour a day.
Besides helping homeless dogs, the project gave Goad an opportunity to spend some quality time with his father Robbie Goad, a general contractor. Mr. Goad was more than happy to teach Lucas the tools of his trade. Father and son surfed the Internet for blueprints on building dog houses until they settled on one from YouTube.com.
“Lucas is an amazing young man destined for great things in life. He wants to give back to his community. We can only hope he comes back to live and work in our area after he graduates from college. He is definitely the kind of citizen we want for our future community,” said Candice Simmons, executive director of the Pulaski County Humane Society.
Lucas Goad is the son of Richard R. and Valerie Goad of Pulaski. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 48, chartered by First Christian Church in Pulaski. He is active in school as a member of the National Honor Society. He has served as president of the Drama Club and Vice President of his class in the 9th and 10th grades. He attends Alleghany Church of Christ in Christiansburg.
The Pulaski County Humane Society is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charity committed to advancing the welfare of pets in our community.