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Humane Society seeks assistance from the public

Nov. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

LOUISA, Ky. -- The Lawrence County (Ky.) Humane Society, which puts a lot more emphasis on adopting out cats and dogs than euthanizing them, needs help from the public to keep its doors open, according to Humane Society President Kim Perry.

"It's getting critical," Perry said Thursday. "We realize that these are very bad economical times for people and for our counties. If adoptions and donations are down, which they have been for quite a long time, we struggle to pay our bills."

The volunteers working for the humane society have tried several fundraisers, "but none brought in enough to get us through our current financial crisis. We are asking for anyone who is able and feels the desire to help to please consider making a donation to help us with our utilities."

"It's very hard to raise money," said Sandy Stark, a humane society volunteer. "People forget about us. I got a purebred Collie from there and two cats. The people who volunteer there are so dedicated."

The humane society receives $21,600 from Lawrence County and $6,000 from Magoffin County each year, but that represents only about 40 percent of the cost to run the shelter that dealt with more than 1,100 animals last year. Currently, the shelter has more than 60 cats and about 50 dogs and puppies, Perry said.

The shelter has been open for nearly 20 years and spends much of its efforts through Petfinders to find new homes for the dogs and cats that make their way to the two buildings that make up the shelter, she said. "We have a dog going to Canada, two to Pennsylvania and one going to Lexington in the next few days."

While the animal shelter is not a no-kill facility, Perry said, "we don't euthanize for space. We do not keep critically ill animals the vet feels we can't help or animals that are extremely aggressive. Our animals have been and continue to be adopted to people across the country" from New England to Ohio, to Florida and around the Tri-State, Perry said.

"We also use animal rescue organizations who take the animals and find them wonderful homes," she said.

Volunteers frequently pay money out of their own pockets to help pay part-time employees and for food or vet care for animals, Perry said.

"Utility bills are our biggest problem," she said. "We are trying to get help with those. We're trying to get people to sign up for monthly donations."

It costs about $700 per month for the two buildings. The shelter also has fees of about $75 per month for water fees and $75 per month for trash.

Donations can be sent to the Lawrence County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1331, Louisa, KY 41230 or via PayPal at lchshelter@hotmail.com, Perry said.

"If there are people who can help us stay open so we can continue to care for the unwanted animals, we would forever be in their debt," Perry said. "If we are forced to close our doors, the animals will have nowhere to go."



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