Jan went to the shelter this morning and took some photos to post on her Humane Society blog. Since several of you expressed interest in an update, she gave us permission to use her Upson Pets post on JFF. We hope this doesn't confuse Blogger and Picasa any more than they already are.
During a thunderstorm late Saturday night, lightning hit the shelter twice. The smoke detectors went off and someone passing by called in the fire alarm. The cat room filled with smoke but none of the animals at the shelter were harmed. Because of the recent holidays, there were only about 15 animals there. The damage is estimated to be around $10,000.
County workers were cleaning up and working on repairs. The phone lines and internet are not working, but the shelter hopes to be back, at least in part, by Wednesday. Until then, they can neither take any animals in or adopt any out.
This is the kitchen behind the office. the heating unit is in this room.
The door behind the man in red is the Isolation room, which was empty at the time of the fire. The 2nd door on the left is the cat room. And to the right front is the kitchen.
The door to the cat room is on the left and some of the dog runs can be seen in the lighted area.
The shelter was very fortunate that no animals were lost in this fire. They could have all died had not someone passed by at the right time. It's out in the county, not in town, so there isn't that much traffic late at night.