PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Volunteers have been rallying around a Fayette County animal shelter after they lost their heat.
Supplies have been pouring in to help keep the dogs and cats warm, hydrated and fed.
These have been the most desperate of days for the creatures at Fayette Friends of Animals shelter in Uniontown.
“Our furnace doesn’t work if our water is out,” said April Gaines, a shelter employee. “No heat no water.”
More than 100 cats and dogs at the only no kill shelter in Fayette County have, in some cases, donned clothing trying to keep warm.
Like humans, the youngest and oldest are most at risk by the cold.
“We do have quite a few senior dogs, we have some special need dogs, we do have some puppies,” said Gaines. “It gets critical if it gets too cold for them.”
The only way to keep the animals warm, safe and hydrated is donations. And they’ve poured in.
“People brought space heaters in,” said Gaines. “They’ve come back for multiple days, making sure we have kerosene keeping them going.”
On her own, Lisa Cook gathered items donated by area Walmarts.
“I actually brought food, water, cat litter and blankets,” said Cook.
Shelter employees say what they really need is a new furnace.
But until that happens, these people and their donations will make the difference for these pets who have no other place to go except to a good home.
“The animals are dear to my heart. I always said I wish I’d win the lottery, I’d build a shelter and they’d never get put to sleep,” said Cook.
There is some pretty good news in that they’re going to get help with fixing the furnace, but the big concern is if the pipes will let go once the water freezing.