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Pit Bull Dogs Are Family

Campaigns Supported by Best Friends Animal Society

PitCampaignIf you live in Louisville, chances are you’ve seen photos of happy local families with their happy pit bull terriers all over town. Called Pit Bull Dogs Are Family, the awareness campaign aims to help get more local shelter dogs into loving, permanent homes.

Thanks to generous support from local media, the campaign has been featured in The Courier-Journal, Louisville Magazine, Today’s Woman, Today’s Family, Metro TV, WDRB, WHAS11, iHeartMedia and others, and the ads have been on 60 TARC buses and numerous billboards.

The campaign, which features photographs of local families taken by former KHS board member Beth Andrews of Beth Andrews Fine Photography, is funded by national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society. The campaign is a collaboration between Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS), the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) and Saving Sunny.

“Our goal is to show everyday people with their everyday dogs,” says KHS PR/Marketing Director Andrea Blair. “People from all walks of life share their homes with pit bull terriers.”

KHS, LMAS and Saving Sunny are all members of Best Friends Animal Society’s No More Homeless Pets Network Partners. Learn more about Best Friends at www.bestfriends.org.

The Best Friends-funded awareness campaign is just one part of a holistic approach to find loving homes for shelter animals and to provide families with support they need to keep their companion animals.

How else is Best Friends helping KHS assist local pets?

Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries

In 2014-2015, KHS received Best Friends funding to provide free spay/neuter surgeries to 1,500 owned pit bull terriers. More than 800 dogs have already been altered at the KHS S.N.I.P. Clinic thanks to these grant monies.

“Spaying and neutering is critical to ending pet overpopulation,” says Karen Koenig, KHS Community Outreach Director. “It’s the best way to ensure every pet is a wanted pet and to reduce the number of animals coming into local shelters.”

To schedule your pet’s spay/neuter surgery, contact the S.N.I.P. Clinic at www.kyhumane.org/snip or 502-636-FIX1.

Subsidized Cat Adoptions

Last December KHS found itself in a bit of a jam: adult cats were filling up the adoption floors, and adopters were choosing kittens and younger cats instead. Cats taking longer to be adopted meant there was a long waiting list for adult cats who needed our help. Grant monies from Best Friends allowed us to reduce adoption fees on adult cats for qualified adopters. That month, 195 adult cats found their forever homes thanks to the subsidized fees.

We thank Best Friends, and all our supporters large and small, for supporting our lifesaving efforts.