The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) announced in January that the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) was selected to receive more than $72,000 in grants.
The money provides financial support for the KHS Pet Help Line and funds two machines to make pet I.D. tags for new adopters. The grants also fund a part-time veterinary assistant and veterinary equipment for spay/neuter surgeries of adoptable pets.
The Pet Help Line and I.D. tags are part of KHS' proactive solutions to helping keep pets in their homes and out of shelters.
"Anyone in our community may call the Pet Help Line to receive free advice on all things related to companion animals," explains Lori Redmon, KHS president and CEO.
The Pet Help Line provides free advice for common dog and cat behavior issues and connects pet owners to local resources such as pet-friendly housing, pet food banks, low-cost veterinary clinics and KHS assistance programs. The Pet Help Line number is 509-4PET (4738).
Through the ASPCA's ID Me program, pets adopted at the KHS Main and East Campuses will go home wearing I.D. tags with their new owners' contact information. I.D.s are a simple way to help ensure lost pets are returned to their owners.
Nationally just 10-30% of lost dogs and 5% of lost cats are returned to their owners, according to the ASPCA. Animals wearing updated I.D. tags have much higher return rates.
In 2012 the ASPCA chose Louisville as its 2013 Partner Community, with participating agencies KHS, Louisville Metro Animal Services (our city's publicly funded shelter) and Alley Cat Advocates (a local nonprofit dedicated to spaying and neutering unowned cats). Just one city a year is chosen to join this prestigious alliance.
Through the five-year partnership, Louisville's participating agencies receive expert advice, data analysis and funding opportunities. The goal is to jointly save more animal lives by increasing the number of pets who are adopted, increasing spay/neuter surgeries and expanding programs that reduce the number of pets turned in to shelters.