The water pipe was part of the sprinkler system. The water caused damage to the kennels, and 11 large dogs had to be evacuated to other KHS locations. All the animals are warm and safe.
We are still assessing the damage and don’t have a price yet for repairs. To avoid mold, all the affected dry wall and insulation will need to be torn out and replaced. Insurance will cover part of this, but we don’t know how much yet, and we don’t have estimates on the repairs yet. In addition, we have found other problem areas with the kennels such as outdated drainage systems. We think the kennels may be out of commission for a number of weeks while we make the needed repairs.
This came at an awful time for the animals at KHS. Big dogs have it very hard in shelters, and KHS assists many overcrowded shelters by taking in their animals when we have space. KHS is one of the few shelters in the state that accepts large dogs from other shelters. We will need to limit intake of large dogs from the public and from other shelters until the kennels are usable.
Can You Help?
We will be asking for the public’s help. Donate online: www.kyhumane.org/donate
Update 5 p.m. Dec. 24:
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to help our animals! 119 grateful shelter animals were adopted Dec. 22-24, including 34 large dogs!
We are so touched by the outpouring of support from our community! We are so thankful for our donations, adoptions and goodwill. Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Our adoption centers will be closed on Christmas Day, but our wonderful staff and volunteers will be coming in to care for the animals.