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Local Animal Shelters Protecting Animals from Cold Weather

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The largest kennel at the City's Animal Control facility has had to close down due to heating problems, which crews continued working to repair on Wednesday.

However, other shelters are not having the same problems.

Caroline Campbell has been volunteering at PALS Animal Shelter for almost 10 years. She said blankets and shelter from the wind are the answer on those infrequent cold South Texas nights. However, once, they did have to use heaters.

"We've had them in the past, but ours broke down," Campbell said. "So we've done what we can to keep them warm, and we've never had any problems."

"We don't have any indoors. We don't have any heating," said Ernie Cochran of Peewee's Pet Adoption World and Sanctuary. "They just have nice dog houses with carpet in there, and we daily evaluate everybody to make sure they are tolerating the weather."

For these no-kill shelters who depend on donations to care for the hundreds of unwanted or stray animals, making the most out of a bad situation is all they can do.

"Work with what you've got, and a little ingenuity goes a long way," Cochran said.

At the City's Animal Control shelter, all but one of the kennels in the main shelter is occupied due to the heater breakdown. One black lab mix got his own space heater.

Heather Hedrick, program manager at Animal Care Services, said that the public has responded to its plight for people to adopt pets.

"We had a really good adoption week, so we had a lot of open kennels ," Hedrick said. "So between last week and this week, we had a lot of open kennels. So all of our kennels were open. So us not in-taking hasn't really hurt us. We have not had to put any animals to sleep because of this at all, so I want to clear up that misconception."

In the meantime, all shelters can always use food, litter and blankets; but what they need most are prospective pet owners who want to adopt.

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