MADISONVILLE (WATE) – More than 25,000 people are without power in Monroe County. Fort Loudon Electric is reporting some of the highest number of outages in the area. Some animals are at risk too.
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Two dozen dogs at the Monroe County Animal Shelter went without heat for hours.
“A lot of our larger dogs are outside and we usually have heat lamps in their kennels that will keep them some what warmer than just out in the cold.” said shelter Media Director Claire Moxim. “Without electricity we couldn’t run the heat lamps so we ran into a real life threatening dilemma for the animals.”
A tree fell and hit this power line which caused the animal shelter to lose power the shelter’s director says it could several days before its fixed and all the animals can come back.
Since the shelter wont have power for a few days, several volunteers brought them to a thrift store about a mile from the shelter. This new location has heat and plenty of room for the larger dogs.
Other dogs and cats have been placed in temporary homes. Shelter workers are thankful the community is stepping up to help.
“The shelter director got online and asked for fosters and it was amazing the people that came through for us and we’ve got between 10 to 2 animals out in foster care,” said Moxim. “People that we don’t even know that are not on our volunteer list just come out of the woodwork, everybody seems to have a special place in their heart, its just amazing and we’re ever so grateful.”
The staff at the shelter says on Thursday several animals will be transferred to a no-kill shelter in Atlanta in hopes of getting adopted.
The shelter is also looking for more foster families. If you’re interested in helping, call 423-442-1015.