The recent freezing temperatures took a toll this week on the cats and dogs at Stamford's animal shelter.
"It was staying at about 60 degrees. It is a concrete cinder block kennel," said Laurie Hollywood, director of the Stamford animal shelter.
That combination of concrete and metal made it hard for the shelter's heating system to compete with the arctic air.
"Once the metal gets cold then the cinder blocks get cold. It takes a lot for a heating system to bring the room back up to a comfortable temperature," said Hollywood.
Worried for their well-being, Hollywood says they asked for donations.
"We are just overly concerned about caring for the pets," said Hollywood.
She says the response was a great one. Local residents donating dozens of electric heaters, and enough blankets, towels and toys to fill the shelter's small storage closet from top to bottom.
"I want to thank everybody for all the donations and support and the concerned phone calls," said Hollywood.
She says the animals are doing fine and staying warm. Though they turn the space heaters off at night for safety, the heat gets locked in.
"Hopefully we won't have to use them again. It's supposed to warm up at the end of the week, but we are in for a cold winter," said Hollywood. "So, if we need them we have them now."
Hollywood says they are touched by the outpouring of support.
"It's great to know there are so many animal lovers out there for the Stamford Animal Shelter pets," said Hollywood.
This week, an online petition was started on change.org asking the city and Mayor Martin to consider building a newer, safer shelter. It has over 1,800 signatures.