Cold leads to high bill for non-profits

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The arctic cold of recent weeks is dialing up heating bills.

Leaders of the Lexington Humane Society tell WKYT their heating bills are so high, they're now asking for help from donors.

The Humane Society says in January, their utility bill came out to be $5,000. That's several hundred more than what they normally pay, and several hundred dollars more than what they budgeted for.

"The dropping temperatures this month has just killed us," explains Ashley Holder with the Humane Society, "we have been keeping the animals warm because we have to and that keeps them warm and happy, but the bills just keep coming on top of everything else that we're spending."

GreenHouse17, a shelter for domestic violence victims, has to come up with an extra $1,000 this month to pay their $4,000 utility bill. They say it's a very challenging time, trying to keep the 40 parents and children they house at the shelter warm.

"We also had pipes burst this month too, so we're having a lot of expenses because of the cold weather," explained Laurie Seegert with GreenHouse17.

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