Illinois shelter managing without power

May 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM

CARBONDALE, Ill., May 15 (UPI) -- Officials at a Humane Society of Southern Illinois shelter in Carbondale, Ill., said Friday they are managing despite not having power for seven days.

Site manager Karen Mullins said while electricity at the animal shelter has not returned in the wake of last Friday's storm, she and her staff have managed to keep the site clean and orderly.

"We've had no escapes and no injuries," she said. "But I don't know when we'll get power back," Mullins told The (Carbondale, Ill.) Southern.

The Humane Society shelter is currently home to 20 cats and nearly 16 canines. Mullins does admit the power outage does appear to have impacted the site's adoption pace.

"They've kind of been suffering because they haven't had any people coming and viewing," she said of her site's animal guests. "People aren't coming out; they've obviously got things to do but they (the animals) are missing opportunities to be adopted."

She added to the Southern that six of the dogs joined the shelter's rank in the wake of last week's storm and may belong to someone in the area.

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