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.
Tips courtesy of the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Holly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe! Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet's eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:
At the Kentucky Humane Society, adoptable dog Jack is known for his farsightedness. He can see, but he typically focuses on things that are farther away. One day, while thinking about this, he decided he needed a change of scenery. He wanted an adventure, he wanted to see new places! Jack found a shelter volunteer, and they headed to the park together.