Snowstorm causes collapse over kennels

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Heavy snows severely damaged the Three Rivers Humane Society's tarp-covered outdoor shelters.Three Rivers Humane Society in Madras was hit quite hard from the recent snowstorm. Their outdoor kennels that were protected from the snow with tarps became overloaded and buckled under the strain.

"Most of our kennels will have to be rebuilt," said Stephen Drynan, executive director of Three Rivers. "Our shelter has only 10 indoor kennels, so we rely on these outdoor kennels for housing many of our dogs."

Drynan said that luckily no dogs were injured when the kennels broke apart.

"We did not expect to see this much snow in such a short time," he said. "Obviously the outdoor structures could not handle the weight. This will greatly impact our care of dogs."

Four kennels remain usable, but the rest will need repairs. Two kennels must remain open at all times for law enforcement to lodge stray or dangerous dogs.

After posting a plea for help on their Facebook page, the shelter had several volunteers join them in shoveling snow.

The humane society recently installed electricity, so the outdoor kennels have heated igloo pads and nonfreezing water bowls.

"We are so disappointed this has happened. Two steps forward, one step back as they say," said Drynan.

The outdoor dogs are currently being housed at both Madras veterinary clinics until plans can be made for repairs. Drynan said the shelter would greatly appreciate foster homes, repair volunteers, and of course financial donations.

"Our dogs are all OK and that's what matters," he said.

For further information, the shelter can be contacted at 541-475-6889, or emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The shelter website is

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