TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local News

December 30, 2013

Donations helping animal shelter

Temporary building piled high with food, towels, supplies given by community

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

Despite the tragic Nov. 29 fire that destroyed the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter, stray and abandoned animals still have a place to go thanks to the donations and support of the local community.

The animal shelter’s temporary building, leased at a reduced rate until the shelter finds a new spot to call home, is piled high with donated food, towels, cleaning supplies and other necessities for running an animal shelter. Monetary donations have helped keep things running, as well.

“We’ve had a great community outpouring of support and help,” Deana Myers, the animal shelter’s director, said.

Myers said that many members of the community have come by the animal shelter to show their support, dropped off supplies and given money to help the animal shelter remain open and rebuild.  According to the president of the animal shelter’s board of directors, Mary-Ann Smyth, people have even donated the medications needed to keep pets healthy.

Although neither Smyth nor Myers had a specific amount of money people have given, Smyth said donations haven’t stopped with the local community. Counties and animal shelters all over Kentucky have helped the shelter. A few counties Smyth mentioned were Marion, Madison and Pike counties.

The animal shelter’s home state isn’t the only place reaching out to them. Smyth said they got a check from Birmingham, Ala. as well as donations from England and Canada.

“It’s amazing how wonderful people can be,” Smyth said.

According to Smyth, the main goal of the animal shelter right now is to find a permanent location. Myers said the shelter has a separate building fund to help with the rebuilding of the permanent shelter. This fund is through Forcht Bank and Hometown Bank, and donations can be made at these places to help the shelter find a new location.

Myers said the shelter is still trying to decide whether or not to rebuild from the ground up or find an existing building to convert to an animal shelter, but Smyth said the animal shelter’s board would be meeting soon to make a decision. Myers said the current building is only temporary, and is too small to serve as a permanent location. She went on to say that at its current size, the temporary shelter fills up almost daily.

Donations helped the shelter begin operating as soon as possible after the fire, Myers said, which has been invaluable for local animals. According to Myers, the community needs the shelter as much as the animals to keep unwanted strays off the streets.

Donations are still needed for the animal shelter; Smyth said continuing donations have been keeping the shelter running after the fire, as well as several grants. The Humane Society of the United States, Petfinder.com and Petsmart Charities have given the animal shelter grants to help rebuild, she said. She went on to say that often this money is earmarked for supplies to help care for the animals.

Despite all of the progress with getting the shelter back up and running, Smyth said that official investigations into the fire have not yielded a cause, though arson has been ruled out. Myers said she hadn’t realized how difficult surviving a fire was until the shelter burned down.

“The fire has given me a different perspective on what people go through,” Myers said.

Although the fire was a tragedy, Smyth believes the shelter has a good foundation for beginning the long process of rebuilding.

“I never figured we’d come this far the night of the fire,” Smyth said. “We’ve been very, very fortunate.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 10 arrested for drugs after investigation

    Ten people were arrested Thursday following a three-month investigation of illegal drug activity, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11 —  London Public Affairs Officer Trooper Lloyd Cochran.

    April 18, 2014

  • Jury trial May 14 for man in murder case

    A man facing murder charges after the December 2012 beating death of a Corinth Community man appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Thursday.

    April 18, 2014

  • Police Roundup - April 18, 2014

    Two parents were charged with child endangerment early Thursday after they walked to Wal-Mart in North Corbin with a toddler, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    April 18, 2014

  • Council members approve budget amendment

    Barbourville City Council members held the second reading of a budget amendment during a special-called meeting Thursday — with no one there to hear it.

    April 18, 2014

  • London-Laurel Tourism Commission budget approved

    The 2014-2015 budget for the London-Laurel County Tourism Commission was approved at Tuesday’s meeting, according to Co-Director Kim Collier.

    April 18, 2014

  • London-Laurel Chamber holds monthly meeting

    The London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting Thursday afternoon at the Jackson Energy Cooperative Community Room.

    April 18, 2014

  • Budget amendment gets first read

    Barbourville City Council members held the first reading of a budget amendment during a special-called meeting Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Community garden meeting coming April 25

    Some folks in Knox County are looking at bringing some green space to Barbourville, and they need some help. But first, they’ll have an informational meeting on the community garden project next Friday, April 25.

    April 17, 2014

  • Crash on Wyan Road seriously injures two

    Two men remain in a Lexington hospital with serious injuries Wednesday, after they were involved in a one-car crash west of London Tuesday evening.

    April 17, 2014

  • Public meeting at Goldbug Vol. Fire and Rescue Dept.

    A public meeting is slated for 8 p.m. tonight at Goldbug Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, located at 869 Highway 26, Williamsburg.

    April 17, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter