Four ladies, with the help of many community partners, have started up Logan County’s newest advance towards helping the homeless and helpless animals in our community. “Best Friends Animal Rescue” is now on the books, and although the effort has been ongoing for years, Belinda Humphrey and Linda Mackey Williams felt it was time to become official being joined by Dennis and Rebecca Wright of Wright’s Body Shop and Jarad and Rosie Latham.
Best Friends Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization that is supplying foster care for the homeless animals in Logan County until a permanent home can be found. The group also provides necessary staples to the community’s animals such as straw, dog food, shelter, and medical care if a pet owner is in need. The group can do this by accepting donations, as well as using their own funds to help.
Humphrey and Williams began their crusade five years ago by trying to make sure all dogs were in a warm place for the winter. The “best friends” had worked previously for the welfare of animals, and found it would be helpful if they hit the streets and roads of Logan County to search for those in need of straw. They commandeered Williams’s husband Kenny’s work van and headed out to make a difference.
“We began the straw initiative because we couldn’t imagine those helpless animals with no way to keep warm,” said Humphrey. “We didn’t want people to think we were criticizing them by offering to help. Sometimes people can’t afford to put straw in their dog’s houses, while others just didn’t think about it. I couldn’t sleep at night knowing there were animals out in our community that couldn’t sleep because they were so cold.”
From providing straw to hundreds of animals over five years, the two friends say their direction has grown into more than they could imagine.
“We now are able- with the continued help of the community- to foster homeless animals until forever homes can be found,” said Williams. The group work with other rescues, as well as a network of animal lovers to place those who come into their care.
If there are those who have pets and can no longer take care of them, or need a little help, or if a stray happens to come up to you home and you don’t know what to do with it, you can call Best Friends Animal Rescue and they can help.
“We couldn’t do this without the support of the community,” said Humphrey. “We accept anything from monetary donations to wheat straw, dog houses (old and new), dog food, etc.”
When Rebecca Wright came into DeJaNew- a store operated by Williams- she quickly became acquainted with what the two friends had been doing. She knew right away- being an avid animal lover- this was something she wanted to be a part of.
“I have always been an animal person,” said Wright. “I’ve had all sorts of animals, from dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits, you name it. I want to help those that cannot help themselves,” she said. “These ladies were doing a wonderful job and they were saving those animals that came into their care.” I wanted to be a part of that.”
The group considers themselves a “no-kill” rescue, which means if they accept care for an animal, they will get it a home, no matter how long it takes.
“We are a ‘rescue,’ which means we will do everything in our power to assure an animal gets a safe and loving home,” said Humphrey. “We are not in the business of collecting animals. If we cannot provide for them, we will find someone who can.”
The non-profit has launched a Facebook Page available to the public and will soon be launching its web-page as well. You can join the “Best Friends Animal Rescue” on Facebook at Best Friends Animal Rescue of Logan County.
“If you have a lost pet and want to put their photograph and information on the Facebook Page you can,” said Humphrey.
To contact Best Friends Animal Rescue, you can call 270-772-2919 or leave a message on Facebook. Best Friends Animal Rescue is not affiliated with any other animal group in Logan County, and funds collected or items donated go directly to the recuse to be used by the rescue.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.