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Plans underway for new Eastern Kentucky animal shelter

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter is where many unwanted dogs, cats and other animals go when they don’t have a home.

“We’re trying to turn our shelter into a safe haven for animals, where it’s nice for animals to come into and be adopted out of,” KRRAS Chairwoman Tammy Noble said.

But now, the shelter must move because the lease on the current property is up and has been for the last year.

“However, the Kentucky River Coal was fortunate enough to extend our lease until we were able to rebuild in another location,” Noble added.

The new shelter, to be located in the Coalfields Industrial Park, will be paid for by a series of grants, but right now the board only has enough to build a shelter half the size of the current one.

“We have applied for grants and now we have $400,000 in multi-county grants and coal severance money and we have $100,000 in single. Plus there’s an additional $100,000 when coal severance taxes are paid in,” Noble said.

Noble says they will build the new shelter in a position that will allow them to build on in the future.

The shelter serves Perry, Knott, Letcher and Breathitt counties.

There is currently a fund set up for donations for the new Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter, which will be located in the Coal Fields Industrial park by Sykes in Perry County.

To donate, write a check to KRRAS Capitol Campaign and send it to Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 465, Hazard, Kentucky 41701.

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