TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- With triple digit temperatures forecast to stick around at least a week, there's not much relief in site for people or pets. Dogs are clinging to blocks of ice, trying to keep cool at Helping Hands Humane Society.
The current Helping Hands building is 38 years old, and Executive Director Bill Acree says it's not wired electrically to have air conditioned kennel areas. With more than 300 animals all breathing in a confined space, the shelter faces an expensive challenge.
It's the cool way Helping Hands pups spend the dog days of summer.
"We find that they lick it, they lay near it if they get really hot, and we haven't had any heat problems as a result," Acree said.
Acree said the organization has tried using donated air conditioning units, but ended up blowing transformers. So they rely on blocks of ice to melt away the summer heat, crushed ice for the cats, and lots of circulating air.
It works, keeping the temps tolerable in triple digits. It's a simple idea that costs $163 a day, but Acree says there is light at the end of the tunnel.
"The excitement for us is this is the last summer we're going to have to do this, because we are scheduled to complete the new building by the end of the year, and we'll move," Acree said.
The new Helping Hands facility at 21st & Belle will be air conditioned.
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