“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
– Anatole France
Kentucky Humane Society
Mediaura was recently invited by one of our newest clients, The Kentucky Humane Society, to take a tour of its magnificent headquarters.
KHS is the oldest animal agency in Kentucky and the largest animal welfare organization in the state. As a private, non-profit animal welfare agency, KHS finds loving homes for more than 6,000 cats and dogs a year.
For more than 125 years, KHS has been providing shelter, food and medical care for thousands of unwanted animals each year. Thanks to the community’s continued support, we’re making Louisville and its surrounding areas a better place for our four-legged friends and the people who love them.
And just how important is the Kentucky Humane Society to our community (not just the animals)? Today we learned that one cat, if left unspayed and all of its litter is left unspayed…that one cat, in seven years, can have helped to produce more than 420,000 cats!
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Mediaura is a company that is wholly committed to our community, and we are excited to begin working with the Kentucky Humane Society on a variety of upcoming projects. The entire staff of workers and volunteers at the KY Humane Society is second-to-none. Their passion and drive towards their mission and goals is infectious and we are excited to do whatever we can to help them to not only achieve their dreams but excel further past them.
KHS is also more than just a local charity, it is continually setting the bar for not only other Animal Welfare facilities but other non-profits and charities as well. The Kentucky Humane Society has been named one of the nation’s “Top 10 Most Fiscally Responsible Charities” by Worth Magazine and Charity Navigator. They are serious about making a difference!
Kentucky Humane Society Headquarters
When we first arrive at their facility at 241 Steedly Drive, we were struck by what a lovely campus it actually was. When one thinks “Animal Shelter” they don’t often imagine pristine surroundings, state-of-the-art facilities, or manicured grounds for animals to recover and play on – but that’s exactly what KHS has to offer. Considering that a large percentage of animals that come into their facility are strays, abandoned, or neglected animals – The Kentucky Humane Society does a wonderful job of getting their lives “back on track.”
The Pet Tales tour of the facility began with Andrea Blair, Director of Communications for KHS, talking about the KY Humane Society’s mission and variety of programs. She spoke about the impact that the Kentucky Humane Society has had, not only on animals but on the State of Kentucky overall. She highlighted the significant need for its continuing mission and helped to raise awareness for the programs offered by the organization.
Panera Bread also donates lunch to the Pet Tales Tours, and as you can see, we really are animal lovers at Mediaura
The first animal that we met was Blue. He was a 4-month-year-old Pit Bull puppy whose owners had neglected him and he had been hit by a car. The accident left him with a broken femur and in desperate need of help. This is when the KY Humane Society took him in and not only helped make sure that he would recover, but they are also helping him find a new home. Although to be honest, after meeting him, they won’t have much trouble! It’s safe to say that everyone who had the chance to meet him wanted to take him home. Such a loving puppy and what a great success story!
The next dog we got to meet, and another KHS “alumni” made the room get a little teary-eyed. This adorable Shih-Tzu mix was abandoned one night at the Kentucky Humane Society. Quickly adopted by one of the staff, it was discovered that due to an ulcer in its eye, it would, unfortunately, have to lose its eye. Unknown at the time, it was blind in its other “good” eye. So after the surgery, the dog was left completely blind. The staff members stressed that if this animal had ended up at another facility, it would not have had the opportunities for care and adoption that KHS was able to offer it.
But how is this for a heart-warming story? Not only did that 10-year-old (now blind) dog make a recovery, but it also came out to demonstrate how it could do tricks as well!
Who says that you can’t teach an old (blind) dog new tricks?
The staff then led us on a tour of the various areas of the Main Campus for the Kentucky Humane Society
The first area that we were taken to was “Admissions.” This is where animals are brought in from various shelters around the state, Metro Animal Services, owners, or people who have found them.
These animals are brought in from a variety of conditions and sometimes unknown ones, so they are kept in a separate area where they are evaluated and treated. This helps keep any diseases or issues contained and away from the rest of the pet population. The life of a healthy, happy pet starts here!
Andrea then took us to talk to some of the veterinary staff about how important the Kentucky Humane Society is to the entire state of Kentucky. Did you know that they take in an average of 20-30 puppies (per visit!) from various shelters across the state? This helps other areas of Kentucky deal with animal control issues, and provides the chance at a new life for these animals.
After animals are processed, they are then evaluated by both the veterinary team and the animal behaviorists on staff. This allows the Kentucky Humane Society to observe the animals and decide what type of Forever Home would be appropriate for each animal.
The animals were so well-behaved and we learned that animal behaviorists work with them throughout the day to help them develop good habits and behavior.
The Kentucky Humane Society also takes the health and well-being of their animals quite seriously. They have even built a separate area for puppies that has artificial turf instead of grass. This is because artificial turf can be kept sterilized, therefore reducing the risk of disease or contagions that may harm puppies.
They also have a newly developed area for their adoptable cats. These social cats are kept in a room that provides them with an environment to “be cats.” They can walk around freely, play with toys, interact with potential adopters, or as you can see…take a nap.
The Kentucky Humane Society, due to their large volume of intake, also has a wide variety of breeds, sizes, and personalities of their animals. This grey cat, named Gertie, was absolutely beautiful.
Once they saw visitors, the animals began showing off their personalities a bit more.
For More Information About the Kentucky Humane Society
If you would like more information on the Kentucky Humane Society, whether for adoption or volunteering, please visit https://www.kyhumane.org
If you would like to donate or are interested in Kentucky Humane Society Animal Adoption, you can do so via their secure donation page located here.
Again, Mediaura would like to extend a special “Thanks” to the Kentucky Humane Society Staff, especially Andrea, for inviting our team members out for a tour of their wonderful facility. We are excited about everything to come, so make sure to keep visiting www.mediaura.com for further information on our projects together.