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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
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.
Looking for a paw-sitively delicious snack that gives back to the animals? Check out Froggy’s Popcorn (named after the owner’s adopted cat Froggy), a Louisville company that gives back to animal shelters. For the month of November, 25 cents from each bag will be donated to the Kentucky Humane Society.
The Kentucky Humane Society is caring for an extremely emaciated Chihuahua with a body condition score of 1 out of 9, which is the lowest score an animal can have and still be alive. Her temperature was just 90 degrees (11 degrees lower than normal) when she arrived on June 15.
Dear Friend of the Animals,
The animals at the Kentucky Humane Society desperately need your help.
Hundreds of dogs, cats and horses are in need of lifesaving care, loving attention and forever homes.
And during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s become even more challenging to help these animals. Our resources are stretched to the limit.
On Monday, December 9, Moxy Louisville Downtown is offering a $2,500 matching gift challenge. You can help us reach this by donating today! Every gift on Match Monday will help us reach this goal.
Dec. 3 is #GivingTuesday! In the next 24 hours, we want to do something big. With YOUR help, we hope to raise $10,000. This is enough to prepare an additional 40 animals for adoption. DONATE NOW
It takes $250 to provide each animal with food, medical care and a warm place to stay until they find their forever home. On this national day of giving, will you make a lifesaving gift to help the dogs, cats and horses in our care? We will share our progress throughout the day on Facebook and Twitter.
Let’s see how many more animals can we can save because of you and other kind donors!
On Monday, December 1, 2018, Lifetime Wealth Strategies will match your online donation to the Kentucky Humane Society, up to a total of $1,500! That means your gift can save twice the lives!