Less than 24 hours after creating a donation page Monday morning, Lexington Humane Society raised more than $35,000 to keep its dogs cool after a 20-ton air-conditioning unit failed.
The humane society needed $35,000 to replace the unit, and Fayette Heating & Air Conditioning covered $10,000 of the cost, said Ashley Hammond, a manager at the humane society.
The dog kennel at the humane society will be without air conditioning for six weeks after the unit is ordered, though, Hammond said.
Big Ass Fans lent seven fans to the humane society Monday afternoon to cool down the dogs and keep the kennel floors dry, Hammond said. The water used to clean the concrete floors of the kennels wasn't drying without the air conditioner, making the floors hazardous for people, Hammond said.
"We are keeping the dogs as cool as we can," Hammond said.
Extra care is being taken, especially because of the high temperatures expected over the next week. Workers are there around the clock and are checking on the dogs every few minutes, Hammond said.
Hammond said humane society officials were worried that they would have to close the adoption center because of the heat and the slick floors. The seven fans make it possible to keep the center open until the air conditioner is installed, Hammond said.
To donate, go to Loveanimals.org/keep-our-dogs-cool.html.