Albuquerque high school builds pet houses for NM Appleseed charity

Rachel Hackbarth
September 17, 2016 11:26 AM

NM Appleseed is a charity working to end poverty in the state. Each year they auction playhouses donated to them and this year they are adding pet houses to the mix.

The dog houses were designed and built by students from the Ace Leadership High School.


“I love seeing the pride in the work that day. I think that it’s sort of a prestigious thing for them to devote their time to building something so awesome. I think their peers probably recognize that they’ve built their reputation and they’ve earned the right to build for this organization,” said Jamie Field, a teacher at Ace Leadership.

The students were chosen for their unique education in engineering and architecture. The students started the design process back in May.

“I wrote it in paper, drew it in paper a couple of times, I talked to Field a couple of times, we threw around a couple of times and we came up this thing and it came out pretty sick,” Darlene Perez said. “We made it out of nothing, and it came out like this.”

Alumni of the school came back to build their own pet houses to contribute to the cause.

“We wanted to make it with stairs and a rooftop deck, we just made it for a good cause so it’s actually fun to help a non-profit organizations and such,” said Miguel Zapata, an alum of the school.

These pet houses are going to be auctioned off at the Parade of Playhouses on Sept. 23. The event is organized by NM Appleseed and the money raised will ultimately help New Mexico families in affected by poverty.

The pet houses are on display at the BioPark Zoo.


Rachel Hackbarth

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