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Prince and Little Daddy, two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/ Dachshund mixes are a bonded pair. “They were given up by their owners because they could no longer afford to take care of them.” said Javonni Johnson of the Lexington Humane Society. These two have been residents of the Humane Society since July 3, 2013 and are currently housed at the satellite location. When asked about the pair Johnson stated that “both have been though prison training, they walk well on a leash, are potty and crate trained, do okay with children and love to cuddle.” But the two have been overlooked due to them needing to be adopted together.

Every year, thousands of animals have the opportunity to love and be part of a family taken away from them; either by accident, or by force. Once these animals no longer have a home, they need to go somewhere, but where exactly? There are multiple pet rescues across Central Kentucky, but they do not have facilities so that drastically limits the amount of animals they can take in, then there are animal shelters. There are two type of shelters: kill and no kill. A kill shelter euthanizes an animal that has been there a certain number of days. A no kill shelter will not euthanize the animal and will to try and find it a home. Each county has their own shelter to house the animals that are found in that specific area. Many smaller counties have kill shelters due to their size and the limited number of spaces they have. In Fayette County, there is the Lexington Humane Society.

The Lexington Humane Society is located at 1600 Old Frankfort Pike; they are a non-profit, no kill animal shelter. The Humane Society takes in animals for a variety reasons. Some of the animals are surrendered, which means their owner brought them to the shelter because they can no longer care for or keep them. Some of the animals are also brought to the shelter because they were found or taken away from their owners for a number of reasons. If an animal is found, it will be scanned for a Home Again microchip which is placed under the animal’s skin. The chip carries the owner’s information so the pet can be reunited with its family. If there is no Home Again chip, or the owners do not want the animal back, it stays at the shelter.

All of the animals up for adoption from the Humane Society are up-to-date on all appropriate shots, types of shots depend on the age of the animal, they are spayed or neutered, dewormed, given flea treatment, and microchipped. The Humane Society makes sure all of the animals are healthy before putting them up for adoption, and that their health needs, if any, are met. Along with having a good bill of health, the Humane Society records and documents the animal’s temperament and how it interacts with children of different ages and other animals. This helps with homing process so the animal will become a part of a family without hassle.

The Lexington Humane Society paired up with the PetSmart at the Hamburg Pavilion and became one of the PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Centers. This allows potential adopters to have one-on-one time and meet and greets with the potential adopters other pets, all inside of their local PetSmart. The Hamburg PetSmart is the only PetSmart in Kentucky that is a part of this PetSmart program. John Clay, an obedience trainer at PetSmart Hamburg, has adopted two dogs, Ted, a Chihuahua/Dachshund, and Neil Diamond, a Beagle/Jack Russell Terrier from the satellite location. Clay states that he likes how the satellite location is convenient and how the employees help potential adopters find the right pet that will fit into their family. Clay is happy with his decision to adopt from the Humane Society’s satellite and would recommend it to others looking to adopt.

The Humane Society satellite holds 30 dogs and 16 cats according to Ann Huber, an employee of the Humane Society. Huber stated that there really is no difference between the animals that are located at the Main campus and the ones at the satellite, some of them just get chosen to be moved from the Main campus when space becomes available at the satellite.

If you are looking for a new furry companion, consider adoption over shopping for animals through breeders. About 25 percent of the animals at the Humane Society are purebred and most of the animals are house trained. “All of the animals are wonderful; it is hard to see them in here because a lot of times they’re here through no fault of their own.” said Sara Kaufmann, an employee of the Humane Society. The adoption process is a simple three step process. First, spend some time with the animal chosen for adoption, second, fill out an adoption application and lastly the information on the application has to be verified, once that is done you are ready to take home your new family member. Adoption fees range from $79-199 for dogs and puppies, $5-89 for cats and kittens, and $5 and up for bunnies or other small pets they may have at the time.

Adoption is a great option for people who are looking to expand their family with a furry companion. The animals have been vetted, tested for illnesses and temperament, treated and spayed or neutered. For more information on adoptable animals like Prince and Little Daddy or other services offered you can visit their website at http://lexingtonhumanesociety.org/ or call them at (859) 233-0044.

 

 

Sources

Ann Huber

(912) 467-9028

The Humane Society Satellite

Sara Kaufmann

(859) 321-0711

The Humane Society Satellite

Javonni Johnson

(859) 797-0961

The Humane Society Satellite

John Clay

(859) 595-7094

PetSmart Hamburg

http://lexingtonhumanesociety.org/
http://www.petsmartcharities.org/adopt-a-pet/adoption-centers/everyday-adoption-centers


Posted on 2014-11-11 by Siedah Rosa
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