December 16, 2019, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) is pleased to receive an $80,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), which KHS will use to save more cats and dogs and provide financial assistance to rural Kentucky animal shelters. In total, KHS estimates that over 1,000 shelter animals from rural communities will be impacted by this grant.
KHS will take in cats and dogs from overcrowded Kentucky animal shelters and prepare them for adoption through KHS’ adoption centers in Louisville. For every pet KHS takes in, KHS will provide giveback fees courtesy of the ASPCA grant to help shelters become more sustainable and provide better care for animals in their community. Partner shelters will use these funds to implement proactive community programs with the goal of preventing animal diseases, reducing pet overpopulation, and ensuring companion animals in their care receive necessary veterinary care.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Kentucky Humane Society and the ASPCA with this grant,” said Donna Callahan, director of the Anderson County Humane Society in Lawrenceburg KY. “We are a rural animal shelter with a limited budget, so any help we can get with medical expenses means so much to the animals.”
The grant will also allow KHS to provide an quarantine area for incoming animals at the KHS Sam Swope Pet Treatment & Lifesaving Center so that animals coming in from rural shelters can be medically assessed before adoption. Funds will also be used to pay for transport expenses of getting the animals from rural counties to KHS.
The ASPCA grant will help KHS expand outreach of its Love 120 program. The Love 120 program – which aims to positively impact companion animals in all 120 Kentucky counties within the decade, was launched in 2019 thanks to a grant from the WaterShed Animal Foundation. The ASPCA transport grant will allow KHS to focus on even more communities where shelter animals are at risk.
“KHS is the largest destination shelter in Kentucky, and we help animals not only in Jefferson County, but throughout Kentucky,” said Kat Rooks, KHS Kentucky Initiatives Director. “Thanks to the ASPCA’s support, we can expand our Love 120 program to help even more animals across our state.”