Staff and volunteers at the Licking County Humane Society were alternating shifts to check on animals and keep them comfortable in the heat.
The temperature inside the humane society, located on Dog Leg Road in Health, was 87 degrees on Friday, and outside, temperatures rose close to 100 degrees.
Humane society executive director Lori Carlson said that staff and volunteers were keeping the cement floor wet, wetting the animals down and keeping cool towels around.
Carlson said that a generator and air conditioning unit that were on loan to the facility have overheated every few hours.
“Our capacity is supposed to be 12 dogs and 25 to 35 cats, but we were well in excess of that anyways, just trying to manage all of the abandoned kittens,” Carlson said.
The humane society also has about 15 animals that were displaced during last week’s storm.
Adoptions also have been halted because of power outages.
“I don’t even know what to ask the public to do at this point, other than to just say a prayer that we get our power back on soon,” Carlson said.
Carlson said that she also was concerned that the excessive heat expected for Saturday would turn people away from Newark’s Jazz and Ribs festival, the organization’s second largest fundraiser each year.
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