COLUMBIA — Additional fans relieved the dogs in the Central Missouri Humane Society’s temporary shelter from some of the week’s extreme temperatures.
The Humane Society has made a temporary home in the Mid-City Lumber Building at 2105 Paris Road while the permanent shelter at 616 Big Bear Blvd. is renovated. The dogs stay in a metal warehouse without air conditioning.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning Monday, predicting that the heat index would reach 105 degrees Fahrenheit and greater. The warning has lasted all week, and it has been extended through 9 p.m. Sunday.
Allison Toth, the shelter's relations coordinator, said the shelter has received three large industrial floor fans from Flat Branch Pub & Brewing and several box fans from the community, all of which have been placed near the dogs.
The shelter replaced the motor in their large fan that stopped spinning Tuesday. It is used to circulate air from an open garage door in the warehouse.
“When you walk in the back, you can definitely feel a difference,” Toth said. “There’s a really nice cross breeze back there.”
Lance Wood, Flat Branch Pub's general manager, said fans in the condenser unit that keep Flat Branch’s perishable items fresh burned out Friday night. The restaurant used the industrial floor fans and a sprinkler system to keep the food cool until the condenser unit could be fixed.
Wood heard about the Humane Society’s heat issues from a previous Missourian article.
“My wife had read the Missourian that morning, and she said ‘Hey, you should donate those fans to the Humane Society,’” he said. “They were very happy to get them, and I think the dogs were pretty happy too.”