The community has stepped up in a big way to help a struggling animal shelter.
27 NEWSFIRST reported on Thursday that the Paris Animal Welfare Society was in trouble because its heating and cooling system broke down and they didn't have the money to fix it.
The shelter is strapped for cash because it is taking in more animals than ever before. However, as the number of animals is up, donations are shrinking.
They say not having a heating and cooling system for the animals is just unthinkable, saying the animals could die if they are left in the cold this winter, especially older animals or those with health problems.
After the story aired on 27 NEWSFIRST, donations have been rolling in to the shelter.
As of Friday afternoon, one donor offered a $5,000 gift and several businesses that specialize in heating and air conditioning offered their services to fix or replace the broken system.
Volunteers with the shelter say they are very grateful to the community for stepping up and pitching in for the animals, and encourage anyone wanted to adopt or foster an animal to also contact them.
Meanwhile, the shelter could still use help in these difficult financial times. If you'd like to chip in, call (859) 988-9800. You can also mail a tax-deductible donation to P.A.W.S., attn: HVAC Project, P.O. Box 222, Paris, KY 40361.