, Corbin, KY


December 17, 2013

On the Move

12 dogs, litter of kittens, 21 puppies being transported to find families

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

The kennels were full and the puppy crates were close to it — it took only a couple days for the temporary Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter to be filled with abandoned animals.

The temporary shelter — which opened following the devastating Nov. 29 fire that destroyed the shelter’s former building  — saw a bustle of activity Monday with the arrival of representatives from Wagging Hearts of Chicago.

The animals seemed to know something was going on. A scarred pit bull howled. A yellow Lab that looked healthier than most of the other dogs trembled.  

Other dogs didn’t seem as excited. A foxhound stayed in the back of its kennel, indifferent to newcomers. A heavily pregnant dalmatian mix leaned against the door of her kennel, but didn’t look at the people scurrying about.

The puppies and kittens didn’t seem as in tune with the activity as the adults; the puppies scratched like they wanted out of their cages. The kittens were preoccupied with playing.

Twelve dogs, a litter of kittens, and 21 puppies are being transported by Wagging Hearts of Chicago to find families, according to shelter Director Deana Myers. Five other dogs were taken by the Lexington Humane Society. Myers said the shelter was trying to arrange weekly transports, but “it depends on volume.”

Wagging Hearts of Chicago is a rescue organization that places all of its animals in foster homes and ensures they get complete medical care before adoption, according to founder Linda Stancato.

Stancato said the organization works to rehabilitate the animals they pull from shelters, behaviorally or medically. Wagging Hearts also works with a number of other rescues and no-kill shelters to ensure that shelter animals are cared for and eventually adopted, according to Stancato.

A blue merle puppy with piercing silver eyes scratched frantically at raw red patches on its body and cried. Stancato says that the puppy and its two litter mates have yeast infections from “not being properly cared for.” Stancato says that owner neglect can cost rescue organizations hundreds, even thousands, of dollars to reverse. It will cost $200 per puppy to treat the litter’s yeast infection. The mother, according to Stancato, will cost Wagging Hearts $1,000 before she is completely ready for adoption. Wagging Hearts relies on donations to ensure that puppies like these are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and fully healthy before they find homes.

Wagging Hearts regularly visits Kentucky for animals and Stancato says they “take back whatever [they] possibly can.” Stancato said that in the last year alone, Wagging Hearts pulled more than 1,000 animals from the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter. The organization adopts animals in very high volumes through targeted transports and work with other rescue organizations. According to Stancato, Wagging Hearts will transport dogs “wherever they need to be.”

Thanks to help from Wagging Hearts and other organizations dedicated to pulling animals from shelters, the euthanasia rate for Knox-Whitley has been dramatically reduced, according to Myers. The temporary shelter has much less space than the original building, so these regular transports are enormously helpful as the shelter gets back on its feet, she added.

Text Only
0423 earth day Garrard Coffey.jpg

Williamsburg celebrates Earth Day. Extension agent Garrard Coffey, right, hands out white pine trees to children from Busy Beez Learning Center,

  • Earth Day Celebration

    More than 200 people came to the Whitley County Extension office Community Art Center in downtown Williamsburg Tuesday to celebrate Earth Day.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

Local News
Local Sports
0423 chs Peyton Buford.jpg

Corbin's Peyton Buford is greeted at home plate after he connected for a grand slam during Tuesday's win over South Laurel.

  • Two-for-Two

    After losing four straight games just two weeks ago, the Corbin Redhounds have bounced back to win seven of their last eight, including back-to-back district wins over the South Laurel Cardinals.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roberts steps down as Corbin volleyball coach

    Her time at the helm of the Corbin Lady Redhounds volleyball program may not have been a very long one, but the past three years have been successful for Liberty Roberts.

    April 23, 2014

0423 quilt.jpg

Melissa Bowling of London (left) and Paula Newman of Williamsburg (right) told their stories about donating their kidneys during an exhibit Tuesday at Baptist Health Corbin hospital, which included the display of the Donor Family Quilt. Standing behind Melissa is her husband, Chad, while standing behind Paula is her brother-in-law, Rick McKiddy of Corbin.

  • Floss, Pyatt to perform at Corbin High

    Promising “An Evening of Fun and Entertainment,” humorist, comedian and storyteller Howard Floss will join multi-award winning singer and songwriter Dale Pyatt on stage in Corbin on Saturday, May 17.

    April 16, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide