MANCHESTER — Repairs to the Friends of Manchester Animal Shelter (FMAS) are expected to get underway today. A pipe burst in cold weather over the weekend, causing portions of the ceiling to collapse and forcing the evacuation of staff and animals.
“Thanks to the quick response of our staff, local emergency response teams and surrounding shelters, no animal or person was harmed during Friday’s events,” said Journey Ewell, co-president for the shelter’s board of directors. “We are very fortunate. Everyone is now safe, warm and dry. All animals have been evaluated and are being well taken care of. We can’t thank the community for all of their support through these unfortunate circumstances, especially as we further address the situation and work to repair the building.”
Ewell said 13 dogs were safely evacuated from the premises and placed with members of the shelter’s foster network and contacts through the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire. That group’s Bedford chapter took in five of the 13 dogs, while two dogs that were in the adoption process went to their new homes ahead of schedule. Three dogs went to foster homes, and three dogs that were being held in quarantine for Manchester police were taken by the Londonderry Police Department.
The area in the shelter where cats are housed was not affected by the ceiling collapse.
Because of safety concerns, the facility will remain closed to the public until further notice. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible.
Ewell said that in addition to internal building damage, the shelter also lost a large amount of animal care and general cleaning supplies.
Donations for the animals are being accepted at the shelter, and Ewell said all monetary donations will be put directly toward capital improvements at the facility. According to Ewell, the shelter needs items such as leashes, collars, toys, shelving units and bedding. For a full list of items, check a wish list posted at manchesteranimalshelter.org/donate.
Ewell said she is also seeking volunteers to serve on a cleaning crew, painters and others interested in helping to clean up the kennels on Tuesday. If interested, send Ewell an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will coordinate a list of volunteers, jobs and times.