Ferndale business donates AC unit to overheated animal shelter

Detroit Bus Company gives 20-ton air conditioning unit to Oakland County Animal Control center

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FERNDALE, Mich. - The founder and president of the Detroit Bus Company in Ferndale has donated a 20-ton portable air conditioning unit and diesel generator to the Oakland County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center for the rest of the summer.

Andy Didorosi, 26, asked Hertz Rental to deliver the equipment Friday and worked with the county's Facilities Management Department in the late afternoon to install it.

After seeing media reports about the center's struggle to keep animals cool and safe as temperatures soared, Didorosi says he wanted to help.

"Andy Didorosi deserves mega kudos for his incredible generosity," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "His donation will go a long way toward helping the Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center care for its dogs and cats."

Didorosy says after he rescued his dog Mel off the streets of Detroit, he became aware of the hard work staff and volunteers at animal rescues and shelters do with very limited funds.

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"I saw a need and thought if I could contribute in anyway, I should. It's my way of giving back," Didorosi said. "I'm trying to facilitate people who are doing amazing work."

With a week of heat indexes that climbed into the 100s, staff and volunteers at the Center worked throughout the week to keep the animals comfortable. They ran industrial fans, put frozen water bottles in the cages, and gave the animals plenty of water.

In addition, dozens of volunteers took several dogs at a time outside to play in the Center's kiddy pools.

"The Center is not unique. Most of the public shelters in southeast Michigan operate kennels without air conditioning," said Bob Gatt, Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center manager. "But no one works harder than our staff and volunteers to ensure the well-being of our animals."

How you can help:

Because Didorosi's solution is short term, a fundraising site was launched to help the center raise enough money to fix the problem permanently.

You can help the cause by donating at detroitindie.com.

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