Pets are often afraid of fireworks – resulting in some dogs and cats becoming destructive or escaping and getting lost during celebrations.
To help prepare pets for this year’s Thunder Over Louisville on Saturday, April 17, the Kentucky Humane Society has a number of tips for owners.
This year’s Thunder Over Louisville will be spread out in five locations starting at 9:30 p.m. These locations will not be released until the night of the show, but Kentucky Derby Festival officials say they will be in the north, south, east and west of Louisville, as well as in southern Indiana. Officials also say the show will focus more on color and less on loud booms.
Ethan the rescue was adopted by his foster family on March 10, 2021! Watch the adoption celebration on Facebook Live.
Ethan was dumped dying at the Kentucky Humane Society on January 29. But against all odds – Ethan, whose name means "enduring" and "long lived" in Hebrew – not only survived, but he is now a happy, healthy dog who has become a symbol of hope and love for so many.
We will be broadcasting Ethan's adoption celebration on Facebok Live. Learn more
Follow the story of Ethan, the miracle dog who survived starvation and has become a symbol of love and hope for so many. This page has updates in chronological order, with the mot recent updates at the bottom. For the most up-to-date information, follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kyhumane.
January 29, 2021: Today around 12 pm, a dying dog was left in the KHS parking lot. Someone dropping off wish list donations saw the dog and alerted staff, who rushed him to our Veterinary Services department.
We immediately began working to try to save his life, warming him with heated blankets and warm IV fluids. Ethan, as we have named him, was so weak he could not lift his head. He is the thinnest dog we have ever seen that was still breathing. This rack of bones weighs just 38 pounds, when he should be about 80 pounds. The outline of every bone can be seen from his dehydrated skin, and his muscle loss is extreme, as his body tried to find any fuel to survive. Ethan was also filthy from feces and urine
KHS and 15 other animal shelters assist Humane Society of the Delta in Helena AR
Last week, the Kentucky Humane Society and 15 other animal shelters joined Bissell Pet Foundation on an urgent rescue mission in southeast Arkansas. The shelters transported out 240 dogs and 30 cats from the Humane Society of the Delta, an overcrowded and under-resourced shelter in Helena, where more than 100 dogs were living in outdoor kennels.
The animals will be going to shelters across the country, where they will be placed for adoption. KHS took in 11 dogs, including six who were ill from heartworms and a dog needing an amputation. KHS also transported an additional 10 dogs to Lexington Humane Society.
This poor dog is recovering after emergency surgery at KHS to remove multiple large mammary tumors. Please keep Molly Mae in your thoughts as she begins the long recovery process and we address her many medical needs. She is being kept comfortable with pain medications and lots of TLC.
While we don’t know much about Molly Mae’s background, it is clear she was medically neglected for a very long time: she had the most mammary tumors we have ever seen, a wound on her abdomen, and she was missing much of her fur due to skin infections. Mammary tumors are more common in older unspayed female dogs, as progesterone can cause mammary cells to multiply. We are having the tumors biopsied to see if they are cancerous. Despite the discomfort Molly is in, she is a loving, sweet dog who loves getting butt scratches.