Norfolk Animal Care Center faces partial air conditioning failure in the mid-1990s

NORFOLK, Va. – With summer temperatures in the mid-90s, Hampton Roads air conditioning units are hard at work.

News 3 meteorologist Myles Henderson says Thursday we can expect another hot and humid day, with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Two of Norfolk Animal Care Center’s five air conditioners had problems this week, according to John Olson, facility maintenance manager for the City of Norfolk. The Animal Care Center posted information about the issues on its Facebook page. These units are located in one of the main canine areas.

The center said it has temporary air conditioning units to help keep dogs and staff cool. He also said they rotate them in cooler areas of the shelter.

An HVAC team with Coastal Heating and Cooling is working to remedy the situation. Dean Davidson, electrical supervisor, said they hope to have them running on Friday.

The shelter says they are quite comprehensive and welcome citizens to adopt a dog or even adopt one.

The Norfolk Animal Care Center is open Friday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. It is located at 5585 Saber Road.

Olson said they have a team monitoring the facility around the clock.

“I have my maintenance crew go around the clock and take measurements,” Olson explained. “When the sun goes down it’s usually not a problem. But we still have to make sure nothing goes wrong.”

Meanwhile, as we experience higher temperatures, Davidson has offered some tips for owners. This includes booking an annual inspection, changing interior air filters at least once a month, and keeping your thermostat at about the same temperature instead of changing it up and down.

Benjamin M. Yerger