Kentucky animal shelter says it’s weeks away from closing, needs community’s help


LOUISA, KY (WOWK) — An animal shelter within the Bluegrass State has fallen on robust occasions, they usually’re apprehensive about conserving their doorways open.

Open Arms Animal Shelter in Louisa Kentucky takes in 800 to 1000 cats and canine annually. However, after the previous couple of months introduced hardship, shelter officers are desperately asking for the communities help.

“The shelter is all that is here to protect the animals and to help the animals. If we shut down, there’s nothing for the animals,” says Kimberly Perry, president of the Lawrence County Humane Society.

After what Perry calls a “perfect storm” of upper payments—to the tune of round $6,300 {dollars} in vet payments and round $2,800 {dollars} in heating and cooling system repairs—together with extra animals being admitted to the shelter and decrease donations, the way forward for the power is in jeopardy.

“We’ve muddled through and we’ve kept our heads above water but it’s getting harder and harder to do so, especially when you have unexpected expenses,” Perry says.

According to Perry, the shelter has been there for over 25 years.

 “We know what we’re doing and we know what it takes to operate…We’ve actually cut out any fat, any excess of anything we could do without, we’ve already cut all of that…We just had so many hit at one time it’s just impossible, it’s just impossible for us to pay all of that,” Perry says.  

Perry says the shelter will want round $15,000 {dollars} to cowl all of their bills and preserve their doorways open. She says they might be simply weeks away from their doorways closing in the event that they aren’t in a position to get help.

Residents of Lawrence County say shedding the shelter could be a giant loss to the group.

“We’ve had dire straits like everybody else with COVID and such but the animals, which I have four of myself, they have to have a place to take care of ’em and I’m sure the community’s not aware of the growing need for animals to be taken care of,” says Phil Pigmon of Louisa.

“If we disappear, that’s gone. That county will continue to pick up animals and what they will do with them, I can’t say,” Perry says.

For extra data on the shelter or how one can become involved, go to their Facebook web page right here, or name them at: (606) 673-4509 or after hours (606) 638-0512.

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