A DC shelter system struggled to get nearly two dozen dogs out of their northeast after the building’s air conditioning failed during an extreme hot spell for the DC region.

A DC shelter system struggled to get nearly two dozen dogs out of their northeast after the building’s air conditioning failed during an extreme hot spell for the DC region.

The Humane Rescue Alliance brought 21 dogs from their animal shelter at 1201 New York Avenue NE and placed them in makeshift foster homes pending repairs.

It is believed that the air conditioning suddenly failed on Tuesday night.

“It had something to do with a fuse and power to the building,” said Barbara Hutcherson, vice president of operations for Humane Rescue.

Hutcherson said the repair teams were unable to get the system working again the next morning, so the dogs were moved to their other location at 71 Oglethorpe Street NW.

Humane Rescue then began reaching out to its nursing home community to see if people could take in the dogs for at least 72 hours until the repairs were made.

All dogs were successfully placed in homes that morning.

“People have increased,” said Hutcherson. “Within the first hour, we had identified more than a dozen foster homes and it was only a few hours before we had more than 25.”

Hutcherson said an extreme heat situation, such as that experienced indoors, is particularly dangerous for dogs.

“Dogs don’t sweat like humans, so they pant,” said Hutcherson. “This is the only way they can cool off and simply don’t have the ability to adapt the way humans do.”

Hutcherson said the air conditioning was back on in her New York Avenue building with plans to monitor the cooling system until Wednesday evening before the dogs are brought back.

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