Northeastern DC Animal Shelter Loses Air Conditioning During Extreme Heat, 21 Dogs Relocated


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A DC animal shelter system had to scramble to get nearly two dozen dogs out of their northeast location after the building’s air conditioning system went down during a period of extreme heat for the DC area.

A DC animal shelter system had to scramble to get nearly two dozen dogs out of their northeast location after the building’s air conditioning system went down during a period of extreme heat for the DC area.

The Humane Rescue Alliance has moved 21 dogs from their shelter at 1201 New York Avenue NE and placed them in temporary foster homes until repairs are made.

The air conditioning is believed to suddenly shut off at some point on Tuesday evening.

“It had something to do with a fuse and the current going into the building,” said Barbara Hutcherson, vice president of operations for Humane Rescue.

Hutcherson said repair crews couldn’t get the system back up and running the next morning, so the dogs were taken to their alternate location at 71 Oglethorpe Street NW.

Humane Rescue then began contacting their host community to see if people could accommodate the dogs for at least 72 hours until repairs were made.

All of the dogs were successfully placed in homes that morning.

“People have stepped up,” Hutcherson said. “In the first hour, we identified over a dozen foster homes and it only took a few more hours before we had more than 25.”

Hutcherson said an extreme heat situation like this indoors is particularly dangerous for dogs.

“Dogs don’t sweat like humans, so they pant,” Hutcherson said. “It’s the only way for them to calm down so they just don’t have the ability to adapt the way humans do. “

Hutcherson said the air conditioning was back on in their New York Avenue building, with plans to monitor the cooling system until Wednesday night before resuming the dogs.

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