Heat creates emergency for wildlife rehab

Posted at 10:38 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 23:40:28-04
One place feeling the heat worse than most: Nebraska's Wildlife Rehab Center.
Their air conditioning is down and they're working overtime to keep the animals in their care cool. Reporter Maya Saenz went to the center today and has more. 
For months the AC at the Nebraska Wildlife Rehab hasn't been working, but it didn't turn into a major problem until this week with the excessive heat inside the building reaching 85 degrees downstairs, and 93 degrees upstairs.
The center has a temporary portable AC system in place for now, but it's only a short-term solution for the animals and staff working inside. Executive Director Laura Stastny says it's a high priority to get the animals in a cool area because the hot weather is taking a toll on their rehabilitation. "In order to heal from wounds, or grow appropriately, wild animals need to eat, need to drink, and need to get some exercise, and when it's this hot, all they want to do is sleep which is slowing down their rehabilitation."
The center has now put out a call to the public for kennels, materials to build cages, and kennels, so they can start moving some of the animals outside, and away from the heat trapped inside the building. "We have several temporary air units set up in the building and lots and lots of fans just to keep temps down they are just not adaquate for the size of the building we have."
Again, the center has to move out at least half of their animals by this week so they are asking the public for help. The center put up a trailer outside of the Nebraska Humane society for donations. You can also visit their website, for more information.