PRESTONSBURG – Floyd County Animal Shelter will host a fundraiser at Wal-Mart in Prestonsburg from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The fundraiser is called “Fill the Truck” as officials from the animal shelter are asking citizens to fill an animal shelter truck with various pet-related items.
A bake sale conducted by the local animal shelter will feature various items.
The shelter is located at 545 Sally Stephens Branch in Prestonsburg. It operates on a budget of $2,000 a month, which pays for the salary of two employees, utilities and general upkeep. The shelter relies on donations from the community to bridge the gap between its budget and needs.
Two employees and one volunteer take care of approximately 80 dogs and 30 cats at any given time. Adoption fees are adult dogs – $65, which includes first vaccination, first deworming, flea dip, rabies vaccination, heartworm test, spay/neuter; puppies – $50, which includes first vaccination, deworming, flea dip, spay/neuter; Cats – $40, which includes first vaccination, first deworming, rabies vaccination, spay/neuter; kittens – $40, which includes first vaccination, first deworming, and spay and neuter.
Manager Jackie Brown has been working at the shelter for three years and confides she can’t imagine doing anything else.
“It is something I was born to do,” said Brown. “I love working with the animals and I truly care about this shelter.”
Adult cats are typically the hardest animal to find homes for, according to shelter staff.
Although listed as a kill shelter, employees say that rarely occurs.
“We work with various rescue groups that we send many of our animals to,” Brown added. “Typically, the only time we euthanize an animal is when it is ill and all efforts have been exhausted to help the animal. We partner with a rescue in Minnesota which sponsors many of our animals by helping pay vet bills and sometimes adoption fees for certain animals.”
Currently, the shelter is in need of items that people may have, however, may not think about donating. The building is an older facility and is in need of new wood trim and chair railing to replace the old which has been destroyed by the animals. Chain link fencing to repair kennels, bags of concrete for repairs, old blankets and towels are also needed.
The shelter is also in need of a licensed electrician to repair a light fixture.
Volunteers are always appreciated and never asked to clean cages. If you don’t mind to clean, they appreciate the help, however volunteers typically socialize the animals by getting them out of their kennel and playing with them.
The shelter is open seven days a week – Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information about volunteering at the shelter, call 606-886-3189.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.