The Kentucky Humane Society, the state’s largest pet adoption agency and largest no-kill shelter and headquartered in Louisville, found homes for 6,747 homeless cats and dogs in 2014 — the most in its 130-year history.
Thus the society saved about 95 percent of all the animals it took in, said Lori Redmon, society president and CEO. “We are incredibly grateful to all the pet-loving residents of Louisville who stepped forward and chose to adopt. Community support is critical to our life-saving efforts.”
Redmon said, “First, we created innovative programs to help reduce the number of pets entering shelters by focusing on spaying and neutering, education and strategies to help owners keep their pets in their homes.
“Second, we ensured the adoptable pets we took in received the best possible care, and we committed to keeping them until they found their forever homes.”
Proactive programs that led to this success include:
•S.N.I.P. (Spay/Neuter Incentive Program) Clinic. Since this public spay/neuter clinic opened in 2007, more than 72,000 pets have been altered — helping lead to a significant drop in the number of animals surrendered to Louisville’s shelters.
•The society Pet Help Line, 509-4PET. A total of 1,890 callers were helped with free behavior advice, resources referrals and alternatives to surrender last year. The issues with the most calls were the need for affordable veterinary care, dog aggression, housebreaking and litter box avoidance.
•Transferring pets. Last year more than half the animals adopted came from overcrowded shelters, where they had limited adoption options before arrival at the society facilities.
Last year the society added adult education classes, including pet emergency care and introducing your dog to the new baby, to its humane education programs.
Established in 1884, the Kentucky Humane Society is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation through spay/neuter, education and adoption. It is not a branch of any national humane organization.
Learn more at www.kyhumane.org.
Author: The Courier-Journal