Keeping the Chilton County Humane Society animals warm in winter weather

CHILTON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Chilton County Humane Society is working to keep its shelter animals warm as cold weather moves in, but they’re facing a challenge. They don’t have any heat in the building.

“For the inside dogs, they have blankets on the concrete to keep them warm against that. We do have electric heaters going on the inside,” said Humane Society President Katherine Reese.

On Thursday night, all the dogs were inside the building, in the run room, to keep them out of the elements as cold weather moved in.

“It stays warm enough in Alabama. If this building was any further north than central Alabama, I would be very concerned, because it is a concrete building. There’s no insulation, it’s a concrete floor. There’s nothing to hold the heat in,” Reese said.

A central heat and air system would be ideal, she says, but there’s not enough money in the budget for that. Recently, the shelter faced immediate closure and a $20,000 debt that meant it couldn’t gain access to any more vaccines. Thanks to donations from as far away as Washington, the humane society is debt-free.

“It’s just been an amazing thing. I sat here one day and a family brought in a check for $2,000, because that’s what their kids wanted for Christmas,” said Vice President Kristi Hyche.

In addition, local businesses are stepping up to help. Stokes Automotive is donating a used car for a raffle to raise money. Tickets are $10 plus a donation to the shelter, including dog food, blankets, cat litter, or paper towels. That drawing will be held December 20th.

Big Daddy Burgers in Clanton is also hosting a “giving tree,” featuring ornaments from the humane society.

You can find out more and donate to the cause at

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