The Logan County Humane Society has received a $500 grant from the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, whose mission is to provide a strong, proactive voice for all of Kentucky’s Beef Farm Families, serve as a resource for information and education for producers, consumers and the industry and be a catalyst for enhancing producer profitability.
The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation is excited to offer assistance for animal shelters across the state of Kentucky. This assistance will allow for shelter expansion, improvement or general needs like food to ensure the well being of the animals in the shelter.
The idea was announced by Jim Gage, a producer in Boyle County and a member of the KCA Executive Committee, at a meeting in March. Mr. Gage donated over $5,000 worth of dog and cat food to a local animal shelter in Danville last year and thought it would be beneficial for County Associations across the state to take a stand for animals by supporting their local animal shelters.
“It is important for everyone to support their local shelters and communities. So many people donate to groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and think they are helping their local animal shelter, when in fact this money is never seen at the local level.” stated Gage. Mr. Gage offered to fund a program through the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation to support animal shelters through the local county associations.
The Logan County Humane Society was also awarded a $250 grant by the Logan County Cattlemen’s Association to accompany the state grant.
“We cannot thank the state and local Cattlemen’s Association for their support of local animal shelters,” said Logan County Humane Society President Chris Cooper. “Animal shelter’s continually struggle to save the lives of the thousands of unwanted animals in Kentucky and to be able to have financial support for these efforts is what keeps the state’s shelters up and running,” added Cooper.
The Logan County Humane Society contracts with the Logan County Fiscal Court to run the day-to-day operations of the Logan County Animal Shelter. They have been partnering with the county for over 23 years. The Logan County Humane Society also employees the Logan County Animal Control position.
The Logan County Shelter has come extremely close to being a no-kill facility for dogs thanks to the hard work and dedication of its director, Kathy Maddox and her assistant Shari Newman. The two work countless hours on the Humane Society’s thriving rescue program which takes unwanted and homeless animals up north to rescue facilities to find homes. The society makes no profit off of these rescues. In fact it costs the society money to make the transports which is paid for through donations.
“I am very thankful to the Cattlemen’s Association both on the state level and the local level for their support. I have always said that if it were not for the gracious hearts of those who give to help save the animals, we would not be able to save as many as we do,” said director Maddox. “It is a never-ending job and one which will continue if people are not educated on the importance of spaying and neutering their animals. This is the only way we will see a decrease in the unwanted animal population that is plaguing the nation. *I would love to someday be able to say went out of business,” Maddox said.
The Cattlemen’s Association grants will be used to purchase food to feed the animals at the Logan County Animal Shelter. The Humane Society spends approximately $15,000 a year on food for cats and dogs at the shelter.