Volunteers help clean flooded animal shelter

Animal shelter floods (WISH Photo/ Rob Ressler)
Animal shelter floods (WISH Photo/ Rob Ressler)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The recent weather has taken its toll on a number of folks in and around the Indianapolis area. Typically, the issues are driving and frigid temperatures.

24-Hour News 8′s Walter Allen visited the Animal Welfare Shelter and found they were dealing with flooding.

“We’re very luck to be able to offer these services to the community. It’s a joy, its a labor of love,” Jessica Linford said.

A job of executive director of the Indianapolis Animal welfare center is looking after dogs and cats. And keeping their paws dry inside is part of it, which is a new one for Jessica Lifford.

The melting snow and rain Saturday had really no where to go but inside the center.

“I’m rarely spoeechless but I was. I just couldn’t believe it, I was in disbelief,” Linford said.

The center had 1 to 2 inches of water in the main hallways. Thankfully, no major damage to the medical equipment used for the spay, neuter and other low cost and preventitive services they provide.

“The garage got hit the worst,” Linford told 24-Hour News 8.

Because they are backed by the humane society, a non profit, the shelter had to call volunteers for help.

“The support from the community is there so we can continue to do the great work that we do,” Linford said.

The shelter will be open Monday morning.

“There are animals that need to be helped, there are people who have animals that need to be helped and we’ll be here.”

In talking with architects and engineers, the estimation to lower the parking lot in front to prevent runoff into the business is between $100 to $200,000.

They are looking into cheaper options. Meanwhile, they say they are always open for donations and volunteers.

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