Why Are There So Many Dogs Dying in Southern Shelters?
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Why Are There So Many Dogs Dying in Southern Shelters?

Why are there so many dogs dying in our southern shelters? This is the question that has been posed to me again and again in podcast interviews, on social media, in emails, and quite often, in person. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about that question and I don’t necessarily have a concise answer,…

Floyd County Kentucky Shelter Operates on Just $2000 a Month

Floyd County Kentucky Shelter Operates on Just $2000 a Month

Two thousand dollars a month. That’s how much Floyd County, Kentucky pays for the Floyd County Animal Shelter. That number includes the salaries of all three people who work there ($7.25/hour), the food, the utilities, the medical, everything for the approximately 900 animals that come through the shelter each year. When we visited there were…

A Bright Future for Butler County Animal Shelter

A Bright Future for Butler County Animal Shelter

Ruby has been the director of Butler County Ky. Animal Shelter for five years. As a former vet tech, she brings a lot of critical skills and animal knowledge to the job, but what she really brings is some serious smarts, of-the-charts resourcefulness, and a commitment to saving lives. The tiny shelter handled over 600…

Tiny Municipal Shelter Outside Nashville Has Only One Employee

Tiny Municipal Shelter Outside Nashville Has Only One Employee

In Robertson County, Tennessee, just outside Nashville, there are actually three municipal shelters. In addition to the Robertson shelter written about in the previous post, we also stopped at a tiny shelter ten minutes away— Greenbrier Animal Control. This small shelter has ten kennels and was currently housing 12 dogs. Shelbie is the only ACO…

Partnering with Animal Control to Save Lives
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Partnering with Animal Control to Save Lives

It took some doing, but we finally found the Forrest City Area Humane Society which partners with Forrest City Animal Control to save animals. The blue cement building was a mile down a narrow unmarked road that ran beside the train tracks and eventually petered out into a dirt/sand road before arriving at the shelter…

What We Learned Visiting Shelters in North Carolina

What We Learned Visiting Shelters in North Carolina

After a week in North Carolina visiting 6 shelters, we learned a lot. Despite now visiting over 100 shelters, each visit teaches me something new about the challenges of saving dogs in the south and/or reminds me of some of the solutions. As exhausting as it can be, every single trip reinforces why we go…