By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer
More than $20,000 was raised Saturday during a fundraiser for the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter.
Tammy Smith, a local veterinarian from Barbourville, organized the “Twilight Bark Raise the Wroof” fundraiser, which was held at Corbin Center.
The event had raised about $20,000 and the revenue from the auctions held Saturday is estimated to be around $6,000, according to Smith.
The event aimed to raise money to rebuild the shelter following the Nov. 29 fire that destroyed the shelter’s building in Woodbine.
According to Smith, about 225 people attended the fundraiser.
Participants had the chance to purchase donated auction items like equine artwork, gift baskets and gift certificates, tickets to a University of Kentucky basketball game, and jewelry.
“I’m really impressed with the turnout,” Smith said.
The event also featured music from Blossom Ridge. Miss Kentucky and Miss Kentucky Outstanding teen appeared, and Kentucky Sen. Robert Stivers attended the event.
“I think that it’s great. I think it shows big community support for the animals and how much we are needed in the community,” Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter Director Deanna Myers said. “It turned out to be a bigger event that I thought it would be.”
According to Myers, the shelter’s insurance company has yet to give them an amount to add to their budget for rebuilding. While plans for the new shelter are still being developed, Myers said she hopes it will be located in a less remote area — possibly near I-75 — which would better facilitate rescue transports.
Myers said shelter officials are certain they wouldn’t rebuild at the old site. The building had a lot of problems, including drainage issues, and she said the hill behind the old building was sliding downward.
“Nothing is set in stone,” Myers said.
Smith said that there are plans for future fundraisers to help the animal shelter.
Following the fire, the shelter relocated to a temporary location and has struggled with space constraints.
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