More than two weeks after a devastating fire killed dozens of animals at a Kentucky animal shelter, the shelter has found a temporary location and will start accepting stray pets next week.
In early December, fire broke out at the Knox-Whitley County Animal Shelter (KWAS). Thirty-four cats, at least one dog, and a guinea pig died in the fire. Firefighters were able to kick in exterior doors to allow most of the shelter's dogs to escape, but the cats were kept in an interior room, and firefighters were only able to rescue three of them before the roof caved in. One very lucky cat, Freckles, was found injured but alive in the rubble of the shelter five days after the fire.
The shelter asked for the community's help, and they got it.
The former home of A&J Lawnmowers in Corbin, owned by Ralph Rogers, was offered to the shelter at a reduced rate. It's located at 3915 5th Street Road. The building has electricity, heat and water. Through donations from the community, the Christian Appalachian Project (CAPS) and Petsmart Charities, KWAS was able to equip the building with enough kennels for 50 dogs and cats.
They will reopen on Tuesday, December 17 to take in strays from animal control in the four counties they serve: Knox, Whitley, Clay and McCreary. They will not be accepting owner-surrenders.
You can call them at 606-526-6925 or visit their website at www.kwasonline.com for more information.
Hours to view animals:
Hours to drop off animals:
They are still accepting donations of supplies and money from the public.