Frozen pipe repaired, Manchester Animal Shelter plans reopening celebration
MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Animal Shelter is open to the public again after a burst frozen pipe sent about a dozen dogs to live in temporary quarters for up to 10 days.
Donations from businesses and physical labor from volunteers helped in making repairs, buying paint and covering the cost of replacing damaged dog beds, food and animal toys, according to shelter manager Shelley Greenglass.
The shelter is hosting a reopening celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
"We're inviting a lot of the volunteers who helped out with repairing, and we're hoping a lot of those volunteers will be there and get to meet the public and show some tours," she said.
Restaurants, retail stores and individuals donated a couple thousand dollars worth of supplies, items and food for volunteers.
The burst pipe happened Jan. 3, causing ceiling tiles to collapse and kennels to flood. The shelter reopened Monday.
"We didn't want the public in the building until they were done," Greenglass said.
She said she didn't know the estimated amount of the damage.
Staff cared for about 40 cats who remained at the shelter while it was closed.
Five of the 11 dogs that were relocated Jan. 3 didn't return to the shelter, finding permanent homes instead, she said.
They included Hefty, an Anatolian shepherd mix hit by a falling ceiling tile. A Massachusetts family adopted him.
A Merrimack family adopted Elvis, a beagle, while Reagan, a wheaten terrier, went to a Manchester home.Donors included Home Depot in Hooksett and Manchester, Walmart in Derry and Raymond and more than a half-dozen local restaurants, including Pappy's Pizza & Family Restaurant on Elm Street.
"My daughter is an animal lover," said co-owner Kassha St. Jean, referring to her adult daughter, Ashley.