Johnson County animal rescue groups working to construct animal shelter

By: Laura Beranek Email
By: Laura Beranek Email

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) "Whiskers or Wags" and the Johnson County Animal Rescue group work together year-round to care for homeless animals in the county.

Johnson County Judge Tucker Daniels signed a proclamation Wednesday, recognizing the 6th annual Kentucky Week for Animals.

Throughout the week of April 19th, shelters, rescue groups, and humane organizations across the state will be hosting animal-related special events.

"We're very proud of the fact that our government officials are behind us," said Whiskers or Wags (WOW) member Teresa Petot, "They too want to see this dream come true, to have a shelter here in Johnson County."

Organizers say their biggest obstacle to that goal is that they don't have a place to build a shelter right now.

They hope the upcoming week will raise enough awareness and funds to fix that.

Rick Roberts and his family adopted "Jackson," a brown lab mix four years ago.

They say they love their new addition, and pet adoptions in their county can be tough.

"People think we have a Humane Society," said Roberts, "but we're working on one."

WOW members say next weeks events can spur change to prevent losing animals like they do now.

"They go to the county garage and they're held there for four days," said Petot, "Then they're either fostered by the fosters here or they're shipped out. And most likely euthanized."

If you're interested in learning more about the group, visit

The groups next regularly scheduled meeting for Whiskers or Wags is this Thursday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Paintsville Recreation Center.

The 2nd Annual Rockin' Barkin' BBQ will be on Saturday, April 26th from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Paintsville County Club.

A Pancake Breakfast is scheduled at Wendy's on Saturday, May 17th from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Tickets are $5 per person and will be available to sell/purchase at the meeting.

Whiskers or Wags is also planning a "Come and Get to Know Us!" Ice Cream social for June 7th.

In the meantime, members are still looking into land that would be suitable for the animal shelter. If you have any leads on possible property, you can contact:

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