KHS purchased an existing pet boarding facility in Jeffersontown last August, located at 5007 Max Ridge Ct. After months of renovations, KHS behavioral trainers and shelter dogs moved to the facility in December. KHS is already seeing positive results, according to Behavior Manager Kat Rooks.
“With the Sam Swope Pet Retreat, our team significantly reduced the amount of time it takes to rehabilitate dogs with behavioral challenges so they are ready for adoption,” said Rooks. “The dogs receive one-on-one training and behavior modification, as well as routine exercise and play time which is also crucial for rehabilitation.”
The Sam Swope Pet Retreat features 20 large dog rooms, each with private patios, as well as two indoor play rooms and an outdoor play yard. It provides a peaceful, quiet setting where shelter animals can recover in a more home-like environment. Most unique is the “real life” area, which mimics a home; KHS behavior trainers accustom shy, fearful animals to living in a home, helping them get comfortable with common household noises, such as a vacuum cleaner, TV and blender. The Sam Swope Pet Retreat also offers a sun-filled home-like setting where young kittens and cats will be able to socialize until they are ready for adoption.
“We are so grateful for Mr. Swope’s support. This facility will help us rehabilitate some of Kentucky’s most fragile shelter pets – those who have suffered from abuse, neglect or lack of socialization. Our goal is to help each animal become happy, healthy family members,” said Lori Redmon, KHS President & CEO.
Sam Swope gave $1 million to KHS in 2014 to fund behavioral and medical rehabilitation.
“My father loved dogs and cats,” said Patti Swope, daughter of the late Sam Swope and a KHS board member. “He had a soft spot in his heart for the most vulnerable, and he wanted to help pets, who, in addition to losing their home, also had medical or behavioral challenges to overcome. He believed every shelter pet deserved a second chance. We are thrilled his legacy will continue through the Sam Swope Pet Retreat.”
In addition to the Sam Swope Pet Retreat, KHS announced that its main facility on Steedly Drive will be renamed the Sam Swope Pet Treatment & Lifesaving Center (TLC) after minor renovations are completed this spring. The renovations will increase the intake areas’ footprint, expand medical capabilities by adding diagnostic equipment such as x-ray and blood analysis machines, and also increase housing areas for the treatment of pets with contagious illnesses. The Sam Swope Pet TLC will also house KHS’ Healthy Pets Clinic, offering low-cost preventatives and basic veterinary care for owned pets.