Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter opens temporary location

CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) - The Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter is back in business. A fire destroyed the shelter on Nov. 29, killing dozens of cats and one dog. With help from the community, the shelter opened a temporary shelter on Tuesday.

The building is located at 3915 5th Street Road in Corbin. It used to be a lawn mower shop. It was sitting empty until it was offered to shelter leaders at a reduced rate.

The original shelter could hold about 100 pets. The new one can only hold about half that. The plan is to find a location that will house a larger facility than the one that burned.

"We are not only an animal shelter, we do a lot of educational programs, we host spay and neuter programs for the public. We want to continuously be there for the community and the animals that need us," said Shelter Director Deanna Meyers.

For now, they're only accepting stray and abandoned pets because space is so limited. Animals that are there may be transported to other rescue groups to make room for others.

Officials don't know what's going to happen to their old shelter. They are waiting on their insurance adjuster to evaluate the burned building.

Their original phone number, (606)-526-6925, is back in service.

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