PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The future of one Eastern Kentucky animal shelter remains unclear.
Two years ago, the lease ran out on the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter in Perry County.
Tammy Noble, who chairs the animal shelter's board, says the urgency to relocate is greater than ever.
"Our lease is up, we have nowhere to go, we need a shelter, and we need the money to buy, to build the shelter," Noble said.
Noble says replacing the shelter with an equal sized facility would cost about $780,000.
"We do have $400,000 of coal severance money available for multi-county," she explained.
The Letcher County Fiscal Court has yet to act on the board's request to contribute some or all of $300,000 the county has set aside for a local shelter.
The county's judge executive says running their own shelter would cost an extra $128,000 a year.
"So what do we cut? Do we cut our senior citizens? Do we cut our road department? Do we cut our sanitation? What do we cut?>
The shelter's euthanization rate has decreased from 93 percent in 2011 to nine percent last year.
Noble says more funds will be needed to continue their rescue efforts.
The shelter board has a number of fundraisers scheduled, including a chili soup lunch January 23rd at the Knott County Health & Rehab Center and a soup lunch January 30th at the Hazard Heath & Rehab Center.
The Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter serves the counties of Letcher, Knott, Perry, and Breathitt.
Original Story 06/2013:
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.