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Shelters opening doors, adapting for cold weather

Published 10:06 am Wednesday, January 23, 2013

With cold weather hitting Frankfort, ACCESS Soup Kitchen and Mens Shelter is opening its doors to homeless men.

Executive Director Andrew Baker said when the temperature drops below 32 degrees, no man is turned away.

The shelter has 12 beds, but can make room for more when necessary.

Thats something that we always do is get them in from the cold, Baker said.

Monday night the shelter housed 12 men, but thats not higher than usual, Baker said.

He said the number of meals the shelter serves usually isnt affected by cold weather and he hasnt seen a recent increase.

Nancy Benton, manager of the Franklin County Humane Society, said a recent donation of about 75 dog vests from volunteers at the New Leash on Life Thrift & Architectural Salvage store would help keep the shelters animals warm.

All the dogs are being kept inside at night.

Everybodys being locked in, she said.

Benton said the city animal control officer has, in the past, provided outside shelters such as Dogloos, the igloo-shaped doghouses to families who dont keep their animals inside during the winter.