'If that's not heating up, then they're just sitting on cold concrete'

CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) - The boiler system has stopped working at the Canyon County Animal Shelter, leaving many animals to sleep on the concrete ground. "We're doing the best that we can, many of these dogs have already been outside and in the cold weather but I know its a stressful environment and were trying to keep them as warm as we can," said Adoption Manger Nancy Orr.

The Canyon County Animal Shelter uses a radiant floor heating system, so the floor is able to heat up the kennels for the animals. But the boiler stopped working last Thursday and it will be a few more days until the floor heat is back up and working. "If that's not heating up, then they're just sitting on cold concrete," said Office Manager Stacy Watson.

The timing couldn't be worse. With the freezing temperatures, many of the animals have no way to get warm, so the shelter has been asking for blanket donations.

Nampa resident, Mike Ramsey is an animal owner and donated some of his own blankets, because he says animals don't have the luxury to turn on a furnace or a heater. "I know they need to stay warm, so I have these extras, so they are welcome to them," said Ramsey.

During the winter months the shelter uses about 300 blankets a day. "It's hard to put into words how important they are. Especially with the floors not heating right now, were having to throw double the blankets," said Watson.

The Canyon County Animal Shelter says its received a lot of blankets, but they are still needing a lot more to get through the winter months.

You can drop off blankets at the Canyon County Animal Shelter at:

5801 Graye Lane
Caldwell, ID 83607