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Ethan the rescue was adopted by his foster family on March 10, 2021! Watch the adoption celebration on Facebook Live.

Ethan was dumped dying at the Kentucky Humane Society on January 29. But against all odds – Ethan, whose name means "enduring" and "long lived" in Hebrew – not only survived, but he is now a happy, healthy dog who has become a symbol of hope and love for so many. 

 

Join us March 10 at 11:10am (ET) for Ethan's Adoption Celebration!

We will be broadcasting Ethan's adoption celebration on Facebok Live. Learn more 


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

KHS and 15 other animal shelters assist Humane Society of the Delta in Helena AR

Last week, the Kentucky Humane Society and 15 other animal shelters joined Bissell Pet Foundation on an urgent rescue mission in southeast Arkansas. The shelters transported out 240 dogs and 30 cats from the Humane Society of the Delta, an overcrowded and under-resourced shelter in Helena, where more than 100 dogs were living in outdoor kennels.

The animals will be going to shelters across the country, where they will be placed for adoption. KHS took in 11 dogs, including six who were ill from heartworms and a dog needing an amputation. KHS also transported an additional 10 dogs to Lexington Humane Society.