HAZARD— Last week more than 100 feline lives were saved when communities came together and helped Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter adopted out 102 cats before they faced a kill date. Now KRRAS’s needs the public’s help again after becoming full less than a week later.
On Friday, August 14, KRRAS posted on their Facebook page that the shelter had become full again after less than a week after adopting out 102 cats and kittens. They are calling for the public’s help again by either adopting or donating money to help offset the cost of adoption. The current rate of adoption is $5 for adult cats and $10 for kittens.
In a phone interview that took place last week, Tammy Noble, who chairs the KRRAS board said that KRRAS becomes full because there are less cat rescues than dog rescues. Noble noted that there was 45 dog rescues compared to only 5 cat rescues. According to Noble, it is also kitten season and every animal shelter nearby that usually helps KRRAS with the cat and kitten overpopulation are also full. With every animal shelter nearby also full, it is harder for cat rescues to help rescue out cats from the shelter.
Once the space for the cats and kittens in the animal shelter become full, KRRAS only have to keep the cats 24 hours before they can euthanize them. Every animal shelter has a different approach on how they decide which cats are euthanize, and Noble said that KRRAS determines 98% of the time which cats are going to be euthanize by their length of stay. KRRAS creates a list of how many they need to help relieve some of the space. Noble and KRRAS’s volunteer vet decides which of the cats on the list are going to be euthanize.
Noble wants the public to know that when they euthanize animals, it affects everyone at the KRRA more than what the public think it does and that they are not just heartless killers.
“Everybody there, no matter what your duties is, its hard. The lady that takes pictures, she works at the bank during the day, and she comes and takes pictures in the evening after she gets off work and she takes that picture of a dog and she puts that information on it like how much it weights, about how old it is, she gives it a name. She has to take that picture of the dog and look it in the eyes and know it may make it out alive and it may not and knowing that her picture may be the determining factor of that. There is a lot of emotions behind it. It is not just what people think it is.” she said.
Noble is urging all pet owners to spay and neuter their pets. When pet owners fail to spay and neuter their pets, Noble said it harms the animal shelter because it leads to overpopulation.
For more information on how to adopt, donate, or volunteer please contact 606-439-4064 or message KRRAS on their Facebook page.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.