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Paw's Eden

Animal Protection

Care and Secure Help Center (C.A.S.H) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that operates as an animal shelter and houses over 200 homeless cats and dogs. The overwhelming number of animals sheltered by C.A.S.H has hindered the shelter’s conditions. In this case, the dogs are the priority as they take up the majority. The dogs have 2 outdoor playtimes a day, where healthy adult dogs are separated from the puppies and dogs with mobility issues. After visiting the shelter, we observed that the  dog’s playground is paved with gravel and barricaded by fences while fully exposed to the harsh weather. This worries the owner as the excruciating heat might result in heat strokes.  As for the facilities, the playground is lacking in the exercise department as there are only a couple of concrete cylinder wells for the dogs to jump on to for exercise. As for the dogs with mobility issues, They get their exercise by roaming around with wheelchairs in a more shaded area. Dogs that have mobility issues use customized wheelchairs to aid their movement until they have fully recovered. However, since each wheelchair is customized to each dog, after that dog heals up, the wheelchair will no longer be in use. Collab wants to help C.A.S.H animal shelter based on our ability. By understanding this, we would like to take this as an opportunity to improve the environment and welfare of the dogs by utilizing the undergraduate’s architectural knowledge and practical expertise. Moreover, raising awareness of the problems animal shelters face by seeking help from volunteering students during this project. 

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RM 3,275.00
Goal: RM 3,235.90
Fund Approved by MSF: RM 8,000.00

Overview of Issue / Background

Care and Secure Help Center (C.A.S.H) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that operates as an animal shelter and houses over 200 homeless cats and dogs. The overwhelming number of animals sheltered by C.A.S.H has hindered the shelter’s conditions. In this case, the dogs are the priority as they take up the majority.

 

The dogs have 2 outdoor playtimes a day, where healthy adult dogs are separated from the puppies and dogs with mobility issues. After visiting the shelter, we observed that the  dog’s playground is paved with gravel and barricaded by fences while fully exposed to the harsh weather. This worries the owner as the excruciating heat might result in heat strokes. 

 

As for the facilities, the playground is lacking in the exercise department as there are only a couple of concrete cylinder wells for the dogs to jump on to for exercise. As for the dogs with mobility issues, They get their exercise by roaming around with wheelchairs in a more shaded area. Dogs that have mobility issues use customized wheelchairs to aid their movement until they have fully recovered. However, since each wheelchair is customized to each dog, after that dog heals up, the wheelchair will no longer be in use.

 

Collab wants to help C.A.S.H animal shelter based on our ability. By understanding this, we would like to take this as an opportunity to improve the environment and welfare of the dogs by utilizing the undergraduate’s architectural knowledge and practical expertise. Moreover, raising awareness of the problems animal shelters face by seeking help from volunteering students during this project.

 

Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)

Vision:

To improve the animal shelter by innovating a sustainable, humane and comprehensive hut-playground and wheelchairs for the dogs with the collaboration of the animal shelter community and the students.

  

Mission:

Approach: 

  1. improving the conditions of the outdoor playground for the dogs. Moreover, creating a hut (Bambooplayhouse) in the playground for the dogs to rest under the shade.
  2.  Develop a standard wheelchair (Goodwheel for all) that is versatile and adaptable to fit various dog conditions based on the existing wheelchair design.

Site photos (Area of Bamboo Playhouse Construction)

 

 

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Goodwheel For All (Dog wheelchairs for dogs with mobility issues)

  

 


 

Project Details (Activities and Tasks)

Procedures:

 

DESIGN RESEARCH

Goodwheel For All: This design research phase started by visiting C.A.S.H and conducting some interviews studying the conditions of dogs in need of a wheelchair. A few wheelchairs are already used by the shelter.  By analyzing the design and practicality, it would be our case study that later on is referred to in the innovation phase.

 

Bambooplayhouse: The design research began with a visit to C.A.S.H and an examination of the site context through preliminary measurements, material research, and discussion with the owner. The initial core research team will conduct case studies to acquire facts, opinions, and voices about the creation of a bamboo dog housing. For the next part of the project, the research will propose many bamboo hut innovations.

 

INNOVATION

Goodwheel For All: Post visiting the shelter, we will test out the existing designs by the shelter and come up with multiple prototypes, using different materials, and mechanisms to further improve the practicality and durability of the wheelchair.

 

Bambooplayhouse: More students with varying levels of bamboo hut knowledge are encouraged to join a creative design team that will use prototyping, sourcing, and experiments to explore the innovation of dog hut design.

 

PARTICIPATORY

Goodwheel For All: Conducting workshop with volunteers to fabricate the wheelchairs


BambooPlayhouse: Workers and students will collaborate to develop the prototype at C.A.S.H. It will be conducted as a workshop in which participants will be able to learn how to build the prototype and enhance it.

Expected Project Result & Outcomes

1. Creating awareness towards the hardships of animals

Goodwheel For All: People are not aware of the mobility issues animals face caused by various reasons, such as accidents, arthritis, amputation, post-surgical recovery, and neurological issues. A dog wheelchair overcomes this problem as it gives the animals a second chance in life where they can recover from their injuries and be back on their feet again. We would like to take one step further to create a modular design that skips the design process when an injured dog is in need. 

 

Bamboo dog hut + Playground: People are not aware that exercise in animals affects their physical and mental health. Therefore, the bamboo huts consider a few programs and functions for the animal such as resting area, entertainment, and sheltering which provide thermal comfort and safe spaces for the dogs to rest and exercise. 

2. Enhancing the welfare of the dogs with sustainable design

Goodwheel For All: A versatile generalized wheelchair design prototype to fit various dogs will be developed instead of the current rigid customized versions. Along with replacing some currently damaged wheelchairs so they can move around easily.
Quantity: 9 (1 replica + 3 prototypes + 5 final)

 

Bamboo playhouse: The materials used for the dog hut design mainly will be bamboo which has the phenomenal ability to wick heat and moisture away and this may provide a cooler space for the animals to play, rest and prevent heatstroke. Not only that, bamboo is a strong material to support and withstand heavy loads, so the bamboo dog hut can last longer but yearly maintenance is required.

Quantity: 1

 

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