The wet weather Tuesday was a wreaking havoc at the Lubbock Animal Shelter. The staff arrived Tuesday morning to find the adoption area completely under water.
The staff says the animals are still a little wet and a little frightened, but things are beginning to dry out. They are getting the mess cleaned up for now, but cleaning up is not going to fix the big problem. The shelter desperately needs a new roof, they just can not afford one.
It is called an animal shelter, but for a place that prides itself on putting a roof over animals' heads, this is not one of those days they are proud of the protection they provide. "We had the ceiling come in on us, and the water has just kind of been pouring down this wall all day," says Shelter Supervisor Ann Lang.
An already leaky roof could not handle this latest storm. By late day however, temporary patchwork was helping. Tarps on the roof were keeping some water out and the staff was mopping up the remaining water and getting the animals dried off. But the problem is far from being fixed. "Basically, we've been told we need a new roof," says Lang.
Not good news for a shelter that does not have a dime to spare. Already working on a slim budget, a new roof is completely out of the question right now. That is even worse news considering the area leaking the most is where all the pets are. "They need a dry place so they don't come down with an illness. With a damp room, it raises humidity and causes illness. And so, in trying to keep our animals healthy, this is just not acceptable," says Lang.
So, left with no other choice, the shelter staff is asking the community for help. They say they hate to beg, but at this point, another storm could cause a total collapse. Possibly hurting, maybe even killing some animals. "Maybe somebody with some time who knows something about roofing can come out and help with the situation that we have," says Lang.
The shelter operates on an annual budget set by City Council. Lang says their budget just is not growing as fast as the shelter is. She says they will ask for additional assistance from the City of Lubbock, but they are asking for any help they can get at this point. If you would like to help, you can call the shelter at 775-2057.