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Animal shelter needs community's help before winter falls

Published On: Oct 12 2012 08:52:09 PM CDT
Dog at Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary
COLVILLE, Wash. -

With winter fast approaching the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is working hard to make sure its puppies don't freeze when temperatures drop below zero.

It's hard to imagine anyone leaving cute little pups to fend for themselves.

"Wherever they're found they find their way here," kennel manager Nancy Rose said.

"Here" is the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary, where they take in puppies and kittens that don't have a home. The problem is there are so many that don't have a place to go.

"We are overflowing. We have no room in the inn for anybody or anything," Rose said.

Funded strictly by donations, the sanctuary uses straw to build walls around the kennels to keep the animals warm in the winter. It gets so cold water bowls usually freeze two times a day and electric heating would overload the system. Right now the sanctuary is about 60 bales short and they need more dog igloos among other things.

"We never have enough puppy chow or kitten chow, we get all of our other dog food or cat food donated," Rose said.

On Nov. 16, 2011 the heated puppy house at the sanctuary burned down. The volunteers now have all the supplies they need for a new one. They just don't have anyone to help them build it.

"We need to have it done before winter sets in because that was our only heated building," Rose said.

They also need heated pads; while they can't use them out in the dogs' shelter they can use them for the cats at the sanctuary. The furnace in the cat house is wood fired so wood is always needed, and they could use a hand taking trash from the sanctuary to the dump..

When it comes down to it, the sanctuary that's helped find new homes for abandoned animals in Stevens County for the last decade now just needs a little help themselves. For more information on the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary click here.

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