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The old saying “it’s raining cats and dogs” came home to roost for the Canyon County Pet Haven Inc.’s cat shelter and adoption center in Nampa.

The roof developed leaks on the west side of the building, said Nancy Smith, the shelter’s president. As a result of the leaks, two rooms are unusable — one where kittens are kept until old enough to be adopted and another that houses sick kitties. In the kitten room, the ceiling collapsed, Smith said.

“Canyon County Pet Haven was established in 1972 by Helen Wilson, a college professor and animal lover,” said Smith. “It is the oldest privately operated shelter in this area.”

Smith hopes the community will help pitch in so the leaks and ceiling can be repaired quickly, because they are on the verge of a “kitten season.”

“We will soon be overrun with newborn and young kittens needing care and new ‘forever’ homes,” Smith said. “If we do not get the roof replaced quickly, we will be very limited on the number of cats we can accept at the shelter.”

Smith is worried about the trickle down effects — if the shelter can’t take in cats and kittens, she fears they may “be abandoned to fend for themselves.”

Smith said the estimate for a new roof is $10,400 and an additional amount — around $3,000 — will be needed to repair the ceilings and lighting and to paint the affected rooms.

“We are asking public support to raise money for the roof and repairs,” said Smith. “Please help the kitties.”

Jeanne Huff is the community engagement editor for the Idaho Press. You can reach her at 208-465-8106 and follow her on Twitter @goodnewsgirl.

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