At least 20 Home Depot employees with their trademark orange T-shirts were doing whatever needed to be done Thursday at the troubled Canyon Lake Animal Shelter, just off Old Sattler Road.
"It's overwhelming. It really is, so many people just show up here, so many selfless acts," said Angie Gilstrap, the shelter's new president. "Every volunteer has been amazing."
Louie Tuttle, who manages the Home Depot at Highway 281 and Evans Road said he put out the call for volunteers when his wife told him about the situation.
"There were no tarps over the dog kennels out there. There were no fans, no air-conditioning. Ceiling tiles were falling down," Tuttle said.
John Wayne Air Conditioning is doing its part. Home Depot volunteers from San Antonio and New Braunfels painted, made repairs, cleaned and scrubbed, and even put in landscaping to welcome visitors.
Gilstrap said thanks to their efforts, "We're going to move everything back in, organize it in a way that we want to and be open for business and start adopting out these animals."
She also said at least ten dogs were microchipped, but were not registered with any veterinarians.
"If you are missing your pet, please come by and see if it's here," Gilstrap said.
A spokesman at the Comal County Sheriff's Office said they are looking closely at disturbing allegations about how the shelter was being run.