After the tornadoes affected Dawson Springs, whereas everybody else was serving to to rescue and clear up, the Hopkins County Animal Shelter was rescuing pets within the space.
Animal Shelter Executive Director Dustin Potenza stated as soon as the gravity of the scenario in Dawson took maintain, the shelter reached out to accomplice rescues to release house within the shelter.
“The shelter at that time was completely full, and we knew we would have displaced animals, and we needed a space for those animals,” he stated.
The shelter was capable of transport about 60 canines and that many cats to the Kentucky Humane Society in Louisville to make room for the animals coming in from Dawson.
“We had a team in Dawson from Saturday, Dec. 11, and we had one there every day finding animals,” stated Potenza.
People had been discovering animals and bringing them to the shelter staff on the command heart in Dawson, and volunteers had been bringing misplaced animals on to the shelter.
He stated from Dec. 11 to Tuesday, the shelter took in about 90 canines and about 120 cats from Dawson.
All of the pets present in Dawson are being saved for at least 30 days to permit the proprietor to come back ahead and reclaim them.
Potenza stated if the proprietor has not come ahead by day 30, then the shelter will push out the pet’s photograph in a final effort to search out the proprietor. If no proprietor is discovered, then the shelter will put the pet up for public adoption 5 days after the animal’s thirtieth day within the shelter.
If an proprietor’s residence is broken or fully misplaced, then the shelter will board the pets on the facility. The proprietor will come to the ability and signal a contract for 15 days.
“As long as the owner stays in contact with us and renews that 15-day contract, then we will hold those animals as long as we need to,” stated Potenza.
Although the shelter took in a number of canines and cats from Dawson, a lot of them have been claimed. He stated there are about 36 canines left to be claimed and about 50 cats left.
“We have had about a 55% rate of reuniting pets with their families,” stated Potenza.
The shelter remains to be getting animals from Dawson, even two and a half weeks later. He stated they haven’t gotten any canines since earlier than Christmas, and a lot of the animals they’re getting now are cats.
“The hard part for us is that there are stray cats that just do not have an owner, so when we are getting these cats in, are they a stray or are they pets,” stated Potenza.
Out of the just about 200 animals rescued from Dawson Springs, solely two pets had microchips. He stated for these two pets, the shelter was capable of name their owners and throughout the hour the pets had been reclaimed.
For the opposite pets rescued, shelter volunteers are having to indicate pictures and speak to neighbors within the space the animals had been discovered to find out who the proprietor is. The microchips make reuniting pets and owners a lot quicker.
He stated the shelter holds microchip clinics often for the neighborhood and the associated fee is barely $10.
Reuniting canines and their owners is just a little simpler as a result of canines are inclined to put on collars and ID tags. For cats and canines who will not be sporting collars, the shelter seems to be for particular markings like the place a cat is declawed or if any surgical procedure has been carried out on the animal, even the place the animal was discovered.
“It is really just trying to gather as much information as we can to make sure we are getting it right,” stated Potenza.
He stated to reclaim a pet, an proprietor should present proof of possession by means of veterinary information or photos off their telephone or Facebook.
“At a time like this when some have lost all, we still need to make sure we have that proof to make sure we are getting the animals to their rightful owners,” stated Potenza. “That is the only fair way for us to do that.”
The Hopkins County Humane Society posts pictures of the rescued animals on their Facebook web page for anybody nonetheless searching for their pet. Inquiries may also be made by calling the shelter at 270-821-8965.
He stated the shelter can also be protecting observe of lacking animals and located animals that might not be on the shelter.
“There are a lot of families that have found animals that are choosing to keep them at their own house,” stated Potenza. “We are trying to keep track of that and record of that.”
The shelter is open by appointment solely from 9 a.m. to midday and permits walk-ins from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday by means of Saturday. The shelter is situated at 2210 Laffoon Trail in Madisonville.