PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Dozens of cats, dogs and rabbits are all safe and sound, following a fire at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland on Wednesday morning.
The shelter is closed on Wednesdays, but volunteers say they're thankful to have been there walking the dogs at the time of the fire.
Shortly after 8am, one of the dryers caught fire, billowing black smoke throughout the laundry and linen room.
Community relations manager, Lynne McGhee, says with up to 150 animals at a time, the shelter does several loads of laundry every day.
"One of the challenges we have is that animals have fur and we do 250 pounds of laundry every day, so it's problematic, we're constantly checking the dryers and have people check them because we have fur that gets into the unit," says McGhee. "So we're gonna be moving forward, we're gonna be looking at things we can do to help that situation."
According to McGhee, the shelter had to get rid of all the bedding and linens due to the smoke damage.
She says they desperately need donations of all dog, cat and rabbit bedding, cushions and sheets.