Last updated: July 18. 2013 11:09PM - 369 Views
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HAZARD — The Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter was recently awarded a grant that can help save the lives of hundreds of dogs.

On average the shelter becomes so overrun with animals that they must put down cats and dogs to avoid overcrowding and unhealthy conditions. In 2011 they were forced to euthanize 95 percent of the animals that came into the shelter. This means that of the around 8,000 animals taken to shelter last year, over 7,000 had to be put down.

Officials at the shelter have been focused on reducing these numbers and so far this year they have gone from a 95 percent kill rate to around 73 percent. These numbers reflect the work of the staff and board to get animals into no kill and rescue shelters across the country.

With a new grant recently awarded to them, the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter will be able to save even more dogs by giving them health services to increase their odds of their adoption.

The Carroll Petrie Grant is through the ASPCA and is given as a subsidy per dog or puppy. He shelter plans to use the money to buy medical supplies, transport cages, and gas to take more animals to rescues, according to a press release. They will also be able to hire a new part-time staff member to coordinate animal rescue.

The shelter has already been able to increase the number of dogs sent to rescue by 150 in August and September.

Another option for animals to avoid being euthanized is to be fostered. Families or individuals can foster cats and dogs through the shelter and all expenses for the pet care. Fostering is a short-term commitment and keeps young animals safe before they can be transported to rescue while freeing up space in the shelter.

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