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Humane Society Receives Flood of Donations after Fire

By Janna Brancolini, BCN
Friday May 21, 2010 - 11:16:00 PM

The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society has raised more than $115,000 since a fire destroyed parts of its facility late Wednesday night, according to a spokeswoman for the organization. 

At least 12 cats were killed and more than 35 animals were displaced by the blaze, which was reported at 11:57 p.m. at 2700 Ninth St., officials said.  

A shelter spokeswoman said the humane society has received tremendous support from the community, including $115,000 in online donations, since the fire. 

"Not too many people can say that we raised $115,000 in one day," O'Donnell said. "We just feel so appreciated and thankful." 

Fire officials, however, estimate the facility will need at least $500,000 worth of repairs. 

The hospital, shelter area and administrative officers are all unusable, O'Donnell said, and the fire left the building without electricity, running water or phone service. 

Today, the group office manager was looking into having the electricity restored, according to O'Donnell.  

"We're taking it one step at a time," she said.  

Several organizations have also stepped up to help house the displaced animals and raise money, O'Donnell said.  

Animal care centers are storing the animals until foster homes are found for them, and the Marin Humane Society is donating the proceeds of an event this weekend to the East Bay chapter. 

"Our biggest concern right now is trying to get as many donations as we possibly can," O'Donnell said.  

Donations can be made online at or by calling (510) 845-7735.