Pet rescue group raising money for shelter destroyed by fire

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Eight days after a fire destroyed the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter, the Homeward Bound Canine Rescue group set up at PetSmart in Lexington to raise money to rebuild the shelter.

The group is holding a two day adoption event to find owners for the animals who were housed at the shelter.

The devastating fire killed 29 cats and 1 dog.

“They don't have a place to go so we're trying to help out with that,” said volunteer Amanda Cross.

She says Homeward Bound receives 70% of their dogs from the shelter.

“It's difficult, we have a full load as it is right now. So the only way for us to help out is to get more of our dogs into foster homes,” she said.

Half of the money they take in from adoption fees this weekend will go to the shelter.

They're also accepting badly needed supplies.

“They need food, cages, blankets, cleaning supplies, everything to help them get back up on their feet,” Cross said.

Shelter volunteers say they have found a temporary location in Corbin but it may be a few weeks before they are up and running again.

“We're all in it for the same goal which is to get dogs adopted as opposed to being put to sleep,” she said.

The animals will also be up for adoption Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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