We may be on the verge of one of the coldest days in eons in the Chicago-area, but this story is sure to warm even the coldest of hearts. Thanks to the generosity of Black Diamond Plumbing and Mechanical in Crystal Lake, the heat is back on in the dog kennels at the Animal House Shelter in Huntley.
Black Diamond Heating and Mechanical donated a new boiler and the labor to install the system on Saturday when they discovered that the Animal House Shelter lacked the funds to pay for a new system so the animals wouldn't have to go without heat.
“We’re all animal lovers here at Black Diamond, and we’re a community-focused company," says Black Diamond President Rick Sperando who made the decision to donate the unit and labor. "This is what it’s about; helping others.” With temperatures expected to dip well below zero by Sunday night, there was no choice but to help Animal House Shelter keep those animals warm and safe.
Black Diamond was called in on Friday when the shelter realized that the boiler that provided floor heat in the dog kennels had failed. When Tim Mays and Ron Geminn investigated, they found the boiler beyond repair and advised the shelter to repalce the unit completely. With a snow storm headed for Chicago and sub-zero temperatures on the horizon, time was of the essence.
As of 5 pm Saturday night, the new boiler was installed and the kennels were warming up. “It was a great feeling seeing the temperatures rise,” noted lead technician, Tim Mays. “I was truly amazed watching the response, first hand, to animals in need.”
On Friday when the word surfaced about the plight of the dogs at the shelter, donations of blankets, towels and bedding poured in along with temporary heaters to keep the chill out of the dog kennel area.
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