In addition to a few thousand Lakewood residents, about 20 rescued dogs at All Dogs Heaven are waiting for the power outage to end.
But right now, the dogs’ keeper Missy Limkemann said she’s just hoping to keep them all alive.
The non-profit animal rescue on Waterbury Avenue has been without power since early Tuesday morning.
All 20 dogs at the rescue have special needs. Two of them have three legs. One is undergoing heart-worm treatment and two came to the shelter starving to death.
But, they are in danger again.
The power is out, which means the heat is out. If Limkemann can’t find a generator — or if the power doesn’t return soon — she’ll need to move the dogs into other homes.
To make matters worse, a 70-foot oak tree fell on the house during the storm.
“We are OK except for freezing and no power,” said Limkemann. “We got some of the trees off the house but the land is a mess.”
But, Limkemann said she’s more concerned with a bulldog named Jade.
The dog — called by the Parma dog warden “one of the worst cases of neglect” she’d ever seen — has its ears swollen shut due to an infection.
“Right now, my biggest concern is my special needs bulldog and finding her a foster for a few days,” said Limkemann. “She requires a ton of work though.”
In an example of the community coming together, the Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park is hosting a fundraiser, Santa Paws photo event, to benefit All Dog’s Heaven. The event is slated to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pet’s General Store on Madison Avenue.