CLINTON — Six to seven space heaters are running in the Clinton Humane Society during the day as employees try to keep almost 100 animals warm after the shelter's heater broke down earlier this week.
The Clinton Humane Society is reaching out to the community for help in keeping its animals warm, setting up a fund for a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at Gateway State Bank. People can donate at the bank or by visiting the humane society's website www.clintonhumanesociety.org.
"We're really strapped for funds right now," Executive Director Sandi Bartels said. "We have puppies up here we're trying to keep warm. We have kittens up here we're trying to keep warm. It's a struggle."
The shelter's staff discovered the heat was off when they came in Tuesday. The heater worked later that day, after a repair man fixed it. However, by Wednesday morning, the shelter was 58 degrees.
"It may run for a few minutes; a few hours; overnight, but it's shot," Bartels said.
Humane society funds have recently been depleted from accepting large quantities of cats from hoarding situations, Bartels said. Some of these cats also are suffering from ringworm, which Bartels said is expensive to treat.
Bartels expects the new roof-top heater unit to cost between $12,000 to $15,000. The shelter considered purchasing the parts to fix the heater, but Bartels said the heat exchanger would not be available until February. She pointed out that ext week is expected to be terribly cold.
"So we have another cold week ahead of us and no heat," Bartels said.
While battling the cold conditions, the humane society is closed to the public, locking the doors to keep the wind out. Anyone wanting to reclaim an animal can call the shelter at 242-2457 to make arrangements. The shelter continues to accept animals from the city.