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Knox Whitley Animal Shelter gets boost from Williamsburg restaurant

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - The Knox Whitley Animal Shelter got a boost from a Williamsburg restaurant Monday night.

A dog and several cats were killed when the shelter burned to the ground in November.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward helping the shelter rebuild.

It's a mission workers at Pizza Hut in Williamsburg say is personal.

"My fur babies are everything to me," said restaurant manager Shannon Barman. "I have two cats of my own and they are extra special, so I can only imagine what they felt when their shelter got burned down, so I wanted to help."

From 5:00 to 8:00 Monday, ten percent of Pizza Hut's sales went to the Knox Whitley Animal Shelter.

There was also a dunking booth, a bounce house, karaoke and face painting.

The donations will help put the finishing touches on the new building, which Deanna Myers, the shelter's director, says will allow them to house about twice as many animals as they can right now.

"Right now we still have a long long way to go," she said. "We still have an HVAC system to go, we still have a lot of kennels to build, so right now donations means a lot to us."

Shelter workers brought several animals along with them Monday.

Myers says they're always looking for new homes for these animals.

"You know, every fundraiser that we have we're going to be out there with mobile adoptions," she said. "We're out almost every weekend weekend with mobile adoptions, because the more animals we can get adopted out the more space we'll have for someone else."

With the shelter bringing in about 6,500 animals each year, Myers says the need is great, but their new facility will help them better serve the community.

Myers says they hope to be moved into the new shelter by the end of the year.

She also reminds everyone to spay or neuter their pets.

Adoption information can be found at the shelter's website, www.kwas.org.

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