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Volunteers Launch New Effort to Help Clean Blankets at Lacy Street Shelter

North Central Animal Shelter is now well stocked with blankets, but now needs help washing them all.

Trisha Gossett said that a holiday blanket drive she coordinated last month for North Central Animal Shelter was more successful than she could have imagined.

A storage room inside the Lacy Street shelter--which serves Northeast Los Angeles and parts of Echo Park--is currently packed with hundreds of blankets collected by Gossett and fellow volunteer Gretchen Knudsen. However, Gossett said that the shelter is now faced with another challenge--washing all those blankets that were collected to keep the dogs and cats warm through the winter.

Currently, the shelter only has two washing machines and a single drying machine, which means that many pets are left to sleep on soiled blankets.

"I became that there need was as I started to collect vast amounts of blankets and towels and rugs from the community. Lacy Street is apparently very behind the times when it comes to any kind of efficient laundry facility," she said. "The need for a commercial entity to do the laundry here will make the shelter run at optimum efficiency."

Clean and warm blankets can play a role in improving the demeanor of animals in shelters and makes them more likely to be adopted, Knudsen told Patch in December.

Speaking at the shelter on Wednesday afternoon, Gossett described effort she is about to launch, in coordination with Los Angeles Animal Services, to raise funds to pay for a commercial laundry service for the Lacy Street Shelter.

"The quest I'm on today is to launch a fundraiser of sorts to help provide money for perhaps a laundry service company to come in and keep up with the vast amount of laundry that keeps coming in, or to find money to rent a commercial laundry facility to help the people here operate more efficiently," Gossett.

Gossett said she is still working to find an estimate of how much such an effort would cost.

Anyone interested in supporting Gossett's effort is asked to contact her at trisha.gossett@gmail.com or by phone at (323) 791-6798

GK January 10, 2013 at 04:52 AM
Thanks to everyone who donated blankets!
nonoise January 10, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Ask the local neighborhood councils, Lincoln Heights and Greater Cypress Park NC for some money to purchase more washing machines and dryers. And, ask City councilmember Ed Reyes office for some money too. Ask our local Home Depot if they could make a donation of a washing machine and/or dryer. It is a tax write off for them.
nonoise January 10, 2013 at 04:23 PM
There are also a couple of appliance repair places in Highland Park that might be willing to donate a machine.
Punk Attitude January 11, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Nonoise - how about you make those phone calls?
ChickenBoyFan January 12, 2013 at 04:30 PM
I went by there and was shocked at their laundry facilities. They really don't have a dryer. We need to support Trisha and Gretchen in their efforts to change this.
nonoise January 12, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I would be happy to make those phone calls. It is pretty sad that the city employees that work there and collect a paycheck do not try to do something And, councilmember Ed Reyes office does nothing too. Do nothing city employees and do nothing Ed Reyes ofice. Don't vote for any city employee for CD1.
ChickenBoyFan January 12, 2013 at 05:09 PM
It has also been pointed out to me that anything less than a commercial cleaning of the blankets, does not render them free of previous animal urine/feces, and therefore the dogs are likely to just mark them, by peeing on them, pretty quickly. The household size machines are not right for this type of need. The staff there is very overwhelmed, and so the need for volunteers to come and walk the dogs,pet the cats, and help keep an eye on the bedding, would be really appreciated. While your there,check out their laundry facilities. It turns out that they are going to get a renovation, but it will take 18 months, therefore,CBF thinks that the donated commercial laundry machines, could be installed temporarily to give these poor folks working at the shelter a leg up(no pun intended)
nonoise January 12, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Do they really need to be commercal? Can't some good cleaning detergent do the job? It looks like their current machines are not commercial.
nonoise January 13, 2013 at 04:50 PM
This is a brand new facility and they need a renovation? Why CBF?
ChickenBoyFan January 13, 2013 at 05:06 PM
The outdoor kennels are new,nothing else.
Elizabeth April 01, 2013 at 06:56 PM
What is the status on this issue?
LovelyyPhanniee1 April 27, 2013 at 08:57 AM
Hey does anyone know where to apply as a volunteer there? I was looking for it and ended up here. Ha. Real talk though^

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