Help – Animal Shelter Has No Central Heat!

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As temperatures dip to 32 degrees, Austin Pets Alive is struggling to keep their dogs warm.  Their central heating system is broken, and rather than get it fixed, they have used the donations they receive to make sure all of the animals in their no-kill shelter have gotten the medical care and food they need.  Now they could really use some help keeping them all warm.

Propane space heaters are currently being used to keep the dogs toasty, but they have to be confined to a central area of the facility, causing them to get cabin fever.  Fixing the central heating system will cost around $10,000, and staff are hoping someone would be willing to donate their services to them.

“Right now we have to unplug the space heaters when we leave,” said operations manager Faith Wright.  “It does keep the heat in, but then when it gets to freezing and below we actually pay staff overtime hours to be here so that we can keep space heaters running all night long, and then they do walk-throughs and check and make sure obviously we don’t have any fires happening.”

The shelter is looking for blanket donations (there are lots of old comforters at thrift stores), as well as bones to keep the pups occupied.  Foster families who can let a pet stay for the holidays – or even just overnights – would be greatly helpful.

If you would like to help, please click here, or adopt a dog today!


UPDATE:  From Austin Pets Alive:

“Thank you to all the companies and individuals who offered to help with the heaters at APA! today.  We are proud (and overjoyed!) to be part of such a wonderful, gracious city.  This evening, Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning (Austin, TX Plumber) repaired one of our heating units free of charge. Thank you Radiant Plumbing!  One heating unit down. One to go.”

In response, Kyle Latham said:

“So glad we could be of service. We are working on the second unit and it’s almost up and running.”

Another commenter, Laura Castro, said

McCullough Heating & Air Conditioning also offered to come out this evening and check out your units and brought out electric heaters for you to use too. They are expecting APA to call them tomorrow to see how they can help. The general manager there just adopted a pit bull puppy from the shelter recently – she rocks!”



41 thoughts on “Help – Animal Shelter Has No Central Heat!”

  1. Has anyone reached out to local Masons halls? I know the ones my parents are involved with do some services with donating a brother who knows a certain trade.

  2. Heads up to those interested in taking in a dog while the heaters are out, you have to take a class that is offered only once a month (and I do not know the date this month, but I would love to know!). Today I went by to pick up a dog to keep warm for the night, after reading the article on KXAN, and was told I have to take an orientation/training class before I can foster a dog for the evening. (The article mentioned keeping a dog for the night and returning him or her in the morning.) The employees said the class is offered once a month, usually on a Saturday, and pretty much left it at that. A super sweet volunteer caught me outside and explained more. Just a heads up, in case you are wanting to do that. I’m excited to take the class and help out during these cold temps, and I totally understand the need for it, but I have fostered a dog and ended up adopting her from San Antonio Pets Alive, so I thought surely that would be enough, but it’s not.

  3. Did anyone notice the post from “Omar Omarscoming Akridge”!!!???? Those babies need help!!!! How can we find out if this is true!??

  4. WOW-no HVAC guy in the area who can volunteer to fix their furnace?? Sorry my husband doesn’t live in the area-he’s fix it for free!!


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