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July 19, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Donates Funding for Montclair Shelter to Rent AC Units

Portable Units will Help Animals Cope with Extreme Heat

The Humane Society of the United States is helping the Montclair Animal Shelter keep animals cool after its air conditioning unit suddenly broke. The HSUS donated funds for two temporary units.

The shelter has been using industrial fans to keep hundreds of animals as comfortable as possible during New Jersey’s heat wave. However, the facility’s lack of windows or other ventilation caused some animals heat distress. This prompted the shelter’s veterinarian of record to contact state officials. The New Jersey Office of Animal Welfare then reached out to The HSUS for help.

The HSUS’ donation will fund the rental of two temporary AC units for the next six weeks or until the shelter’s new permanent unit is installed.

“The Humane Society of the United States is thankful we were able to help,” said Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “Some animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. The HSUS also reminds Montclair residents to keep their pets indoors as much as possible until the intensive heat wave subsides.”

Click here for more information about keeping pets cool during the summer.

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Media Contact: Raul Arce-Contreras, 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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