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Charity raising funds for new air conditioner at animal shelter

In an effort to give the cats and dogs at the Halifax County Animal Shelter a cooler summer, the members of the SPCA/Paws and Claws have come together to raise funds for a new air conditioning system.

“I think its great to see the SPCA take charge and want to do something for the animals in the community,” Todd Moser, chief warden of Halifax County Animal Control said. “If you got people like that in the community that are willing to work and go above and beyond what they need to do to help the animals that are abandoned or poorly treated, it’s a good thing. It really shows that people care about their animals.” 

According to the SPCA/ Paws and Claws Fundraising Coordinator Vicky Allen, the SPCA/Paws and Claws is hosting a raffle for a 4th of July Grill’n Party Pack which includes a Grilling Pro professional char griller with 3 burners from Lowes, a cooler full of drinks, a $50 Food Lion Gift Card and a free doggie spa day with Mary Thompson. The drawing will be held July 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Lowes on Old Halifax Road. Interested parties can purchase tickets from SPCA members, Greens Auction and Reality and Atlantic Medical.

Tickets are $2 a piece or you can get three for $5, Allen said.

All proceeds will go to helping with air conditioning expenses for the animal shelter.

Moser said the shelter has never had air conditioning.  However, he said they do have the components of an air condition system but a coil was never purchased due to money constraints.

 The shelter has fans that push the air around but temperatures still reach 80 to 90 degrees where the animals are housed.

“The air conditioning would help to cool it where the animals are comfortable,” Moser said. “It gets hot, but we do everything we can to keep them cool. We don’t have any lights on in the back, we’ve got all the doors opened and fans running, but it’s still hot. Not only is it hard on the dogs, but it’s also hard on the workers back there working,” Moser said.

Currently, Moser said he houses around 36 to 40 dogs and 15 cats, and these conditions could cause the animals to suffer from heat exhaustion.