The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) has received a COVID-19 Relief Fund grant from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to help dog, cat and horse owners struggling during the coronavirus outbreak. The goal is to help keep animals in their homes and out of shelters, according to KHS.

KHS will use the $10,000 grant to provide critical resources such as pet food, horse feed, emergency veterinary services and emergency pet boarding for families financially impacted by COVID-19.

To qualify for assistance with dogs and cats, families must call the KHS Pet Help Line at 502-509-4738 to speak to a counselor. For horse assistance, owners should call 502-272-1068.

“So many people in our community are out of work due to the pandemic and are struggling to provide care for their beloved companion animals. Pets mean so much to their families, especially during times of isolation and fear, and the grant we received from the Humane Society of the United States is enabling us to keep people and their animals together during this crisis,” said Shelby Schulz, KHS Pet Resource Manager.

The Humane Society of the United States created a COVID-19 Relief Fund in March as the crisis mounted and people began losing the ability to pay for essential supplies and veterinary care for pets. Gifts to the fund are helping address the ripple effect on animals in need due to increased poverty and financial insecurity. Grants will help offset veterinary costs and provide food and supplies to those impacted most, including HSUS Shelter and Rescue Partners and participants in the HSUS Pets for Life program. For more information, visit humanesociety.org.

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