Frustration leads to animal shelter

By Theresa Armstrong -

What began as an individual frustrated with the way the system works has turned into a full-scale non-profit animal shelter to help with the homeless animal population of Grayson County.

On Wednesday afternoon, a group of animal enthusiasts met in the basement of Wilson and Muir Bank to bring together the final details before officially announcing the formation of The Twin Lakes Humane Society.

“The group was originally formed as a group of friends that were concerned about the health and welfare of the treatment of stay animals picked up by the county. These animals were being taken to a nearby shelter in Edmonson County,” said President Joey McClung. “These were primarily Grayson County animals.”

In addition to the mistreatment of the animals that were being taken to the Edmonson County Shelter, which is a for-profit, kill shelter, the county was taking these animals there illegally.

According to KRS 258.095, “We advise that a county may only contract with a governmental or non-profit entity to provide an animal shelter…”

The current shelter, the Grayson County Humane Society, which is partially funded by the City of Leitchfield, is bound by their own policies and procedures to not accept animals outside of the city limits. The Twin Lakes Humane Society looks to change that.

“With the help of the County and City governments and input from the existing City shelter staff at the current facility, we can make this new shelter one of the best in the state,” said McClung. “We have already reached out to members of both City and County governments and feel 100 percent certain we can make this dream a reality.”

The board of directors of the proposed shelter consists of Joey McClung, President; Ray Heaverin, Vice President; April Bowman, Treasurer; Jennifer Carmine, Secretary; Diana Glasscock, Jayme Pharis, and Jessica Pharis Fulkerson.

“We have worked tirelessly for many months to put this plan together and it’s finally here!” said McClung. “With your help, with the community’s help, we can bring everyone together and we can have a safe, wonderful and fun environment for these adoptions to take place and ensure the safety and welfare of all animals in Grayson County.”

Twin Lakes Humane Society is an official 100 percent non-profit organization. For those involved, it’s not about the money, it’s about these poor animals and getting them good, safe homes.

The hope is to take what is currently available in the city and expand it into a full facility that will employ four, full-time workers. The groups is looking at Sept. 1 as a tentative opening date to have everything operational.

McClung encourages others to join the cause “However, we can’t do it alone. We need volunteers. We currently have over 600 people willing to help out in our volunteer group on Facebook. I urge everyone to actively seek out the ‘Twin Lakes Humane Society Volunteer Facebook group’ and ask to join.

“Sign-up and join us! Do what you can to help out and to help our community grow! The success of this venture will greatly depend on community involvement and donations.

“For us, it’s not about the money, it’s about these poor animals and getting them good, safe homes.”

“Spay, Neuter and Adopt Prevents Homeless Animals.”

By Theresa Armstrong

Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.

Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.

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