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Local Animal Shelter Gets a Helping Hand

By: Vanessa Nguyen Email
By: Vanessa Nguyen Email
These animals at the Partners for Pets Shelter in Marianna are not only overcrowded, they

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These animals at the Partners for Pets Shelter in Marianna are not only overcrowded, they're also trying to avoid being overheated.
"It has been miserable, basically about the whole summer we've been without air."
Manager Debbie O'Quinn says they've been suffering with a broken air conditioning unit.
"We usually end up going outside for a few minutes to cool off, it's actually cooler out in the breeze than it is in here. The things we worry about are the cats because they're inside so we keep fans running on them."
That won't be the case for much longer. Thursday morning someone dropped off a $1000 donation to repair the A/C unit.
With 24 dogs and 54 cats, putting the shelter over it's capacity. O'Quinn says any donation is a big help.
"Our kennels are so old, they're starting to fall apart so we're trying to get kennels replaced."
Because it's a no-kill shelter, some of the animals are here a long time before they're adopted. Some as long as tow years.r
This is Peanut, she's been with Partners for Pets since May and she's looking for a good home. But unfortunately, animal shelters say these mixed black-and-white breeds are the most difficult to adopt because they're so common all across the country.
Terry White drove from Midland City, Alabama to adopt this Pekinese mix..
"Her name's August but I don't know what I'm going to call her though."
White has already adopted five shelter dogs, but wants August for a house pet. White says,"Everybody should adopt a dog because there's too many out there, there's just way too many, it's just overwhelming how many of them are out there that need homes."
And that's the kind of attitude O'Quinn likes. as she says, "Come adopt a shelter dog!"


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