Shelby County Animal Shelter Forced to Change No Kill Policy

August 21, 2012 by Tails Magazine in Home, News with 0 Comments

Skyler, one of the shelter’s adoptable pets!

Four years ago, Shelby County Animal Shelter, located in Shelbyville, KY, became the first no-kill county in Kentucky, providing care for and adopting out hundreds of animals that might otherwise be euthanized. However, insufficient funds and overcrowding mean that Shelby County will soon be forced to change their policies.

The shelter is currently housing 210 cats and dogs, and due to a severe lack of space, it has been forced to keep some animals in what were once shelter volunteer offices. “There’s no circulation in this room, so we’ve been fighting a little more sickness lately,” Animal Control Director Bradley King told WLKY. “We don’t want to kill animals, but the conditions, they’ve got to improve. It’s a lot of weight on three employees. And day-to-day, it’s tough.”

The policy is set to go into effect September 1st, and any animals above the mandatory capacity limit will have only 90 days to be adopted, rescued, or fostered.

Anyone interesting in adopting, rescuing, or fostering one of the animals can contact the shelter at (502) 633-0009 or by email at kellyjedlicki@juno.com.

To see the adoptable pets, click here.



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