AUSTIN (KXAN) — Down at the Townlake Animal Center off Cesar Chavez, Austin Pets Alive is struggling to keep their dogs warm during these cold spells because the central heat doesn’t work. Instead they’re using propane space heaters to keep the dogs warm and keeping them confined to the inner portions of the kennel — which is making some a little stir crazy.
The operations manager of the nonprofit said it would cost them $10,000 to fix the heating system, so they are hoping someone would be willing to donate their services to help put something else in its place to keep the animals warm. In the meantime, they are working with what they have.
“Right now we have to unplug the space heaters when we leave and it does keep the heat but when it gets to freezing and below we pay staff overtime hours to keep the space heaters running so we can keep them running all night long and they do walk-throughs to make sure we don’t have any fires happening,” said Faith Wright, Operations Manager, Austin Pets Alive.
They need donations of blankets and bones — specifically to keep the dogs busy. But they are also looking for foster families who can take a dog for the holidays or even just picking one up at night and dropping it back off during the day.