Special to the Times-Tribune
Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter in Rockholds has been selected by the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to participate in The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, a new $1 million initiative that will fund much-needed treatments and services for shelter dogs and puppies at municipal animal sheltering organizations, ultimately preparing them for transport from overcrowded shelters to give them the best chance of finding permanent, loving homes. The project is being made possible thanks to a generous donation from Mrs. Carroll Petrie, a respected international philanthropist.
“This will be saving thousands of lives,” said Deanna Myers, director. “It will enable us to find reputable rescue groups to help save lives across the United States, and to help make lasting bonds with other people who share the same goals as the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter, to put more animals into loving homes.”
The shelter will use the funding to help with gas for transportation, rabies and other vaccinations, or spaying and neutering.
“From September 2012 to December 2012, we have already saved 722 dogs and puppies from this grant,” said Myers.
The ASPCA, through The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, aims to save 16,600 dogs through a per dog or puppy subsidy for each animal transferred out through the following types of programs:
—Transfer to rescue groups
—Transfer to other shelters
—Adoptions through “Foster Adoption Ambassador” programs
—Adoptions through permanent off-site partner locations
The subsidy per dog or puppy can be used for anything from crates and gasoline purchases for transport vehicles to “make-ready” veterinary services for the dogs (i.e. spay/neuter, health certificates, vaccines) that will prepare them to leave the shelter. The subsidy will only apply to lives saved above and beyond each participating group’s previous year’s numbers.
For more information about the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter, visit www.knoxwhitleyanimalshelter.com or call 606-526-6925.