Donation to Austin Pets Alive! gets air conditioning working again


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and photojournalist ERIN COKER

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Posted on September 19, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 9:37 PM

AUSTIN -- The air conditioning is working again at the downtown Austin Pets Alive! animal shelter.

The no kill, non-profit has been struggling with outages since last summer. Cats and dogs were enduring 95-degree days indoors.

KVUE aired the story last month when the shelter told us it was going to cost up to $50,000 for new air conditioning units. Cory Mayor, who owns America's First Choice, an appliance repair company, saw the story. He called the shelter to see what he could do to help.

"I was listening to KVUE News in the morning on a Saturday, and I heard they needed a gross amount of dollars," Mayor said.

Mayer donated parts and as man-power worth an estimated $10,000, but there is still work to be done.

"I can't donate thousands of dollars all at once," Mayor said. "We're trying to do it a little at a time, and I guess they're raised some money and have offered to pay for some of the expensive items."

"So we have one of our units working completely. We still have two units that are out. We need about $2,200 for parts for those two units, and they'll donate their time again to help us get hose units fixed as well," said Austin Pets Alive! Operations Manager Faith Wright.

While Austin Pets Alive! waits on funding for the remaining air conditioning units, the non-profit rescue is dealing with another ongoing issue -- overcrowding. 

The shelter has rescued more than 1,500 cats this year -- 50 percent more than all of 2011. Some of the dogs have been living at the shelter for more than a year, but thanks to Mayor, they're not so hot under the collar.

As an incentive to adopt, this Saturday Sept. 22, the shelter is waiving fees for dogs older than one year and all cats.

Click here for more information on Austin Pets Alive!.