Logan County Humane Society Becomes a 'No-Kill' Shelter

By Lauren Forsythe | 

An area shelter is deciding not to euthanize any animals they take in, unless have to.

The Logan County Humane Society recently declared themselves as a no-kill shelter.

The ultimate goal at the shelter is to give each and every dog a home.

"I have always been an animal lover and it's always been my passion to work and save animals, and if this wasn't a no-kill I just couldn't be apart of it because it would just hurt to bad," says Logan County Humane Society Director, Kathy Maddox.

Maddox says several adjustments had to be made at the Logan County Humane Society over the years to officially call the shelter "no-kill".

"We had to get a better facility, we had to get contacts, we had to purchase a transport truck and then we have to find rescues, and then we had to investigate those rescues to make sure they are all legit and not doing anything harmful to the animals," she says.

To prevent euthanization, the Humane Society works with rescue shelters in the North who help adopt the animals, a trip they make at least twice a month.

Maddox says northern states have stricter spay and neuter laws than southern states, giving shelters more space to find an owner for these animals.

"If we didn't work with rescues then they would just have to be put down," says Assistant Director Shari Newman.

The rescues also help prevent over-population at the shelter.

With more animals at the shelter, it costs thousands more in dog food and fuel costs alone.

"We may get one and it may stay a few days, or we may have one that may stay here a few months before it gets its chance, it just depends on the dog," Newman says.

Kentucky State Laws requires all shelters to keep any animals they take in at least five days.

For some animals the five days end in euthanization, but for the Logan County Humane Society those same five days start the search for a new home.

Kentucky State Laws also require a no-kill shelter to save at least 50 percent of the animals they take in.

Maddox says the Logan County Humane Society saved nearly 95 percent last year.

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