BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. - As temperatures fell into the single digits Thursday night, volunteers at the Bonner Animal Rescue worked diligently to keep its 25 animals warm. The shelter's heater stopped working, and a replacement is not in the budget.
"The bid we got was for $2,500," senior volunteer Barbara Bille said. "That would probably wipe us out."
The rescue shelter has only been operating for a little more than year and relies on donated materials, fundraisers and adoption fees to get by month to month.
To provide some relief, volunteers set up four space heaters, which run 24/7. It's forced the electric bill to shoot up to $500 per month.
"All the money we spend on utilities takes away the money we use for the animals," Bille said.
A thermometer is mounted on the wall and barely gets over 40 degrees.
"When it's cold like this ... if they have the littlest issue, any sort of health issue, they're going to be sneezing," Bille said. "They're going to be cold. It's going to be hard on them."
Last year, the shelter adopted out more than 200 pets, but organizers say it is still not big enough to qualify for any grants.
Volunteers are asking for community support and are in need of volunteers, monetary donations and the following items:
Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to PO Box 332, Bonner Springs, KS 66012. The shelter can be reached at 913-449-7328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.