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Humane Society of Henderson County, KY
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Frequently Asked Questions

 Q: Isn't the shelter a government-funded organization? Why do you need public donations?

 A: No! However, there is city and county funding to maintain the animal control program. The sustained care, vaccinations, adoptions, medical services, foster care program, etc are all funded by public donations, adoption fees, and other fundraising events. We are also continually trying to upgrade the facilities to provide even better care of the animals we receive.

 

Q: Aren't all animals euthanized after a certain number of days?

 A: NO! There are cases where the shelter receives an animal that is beyond reasonable medical treatment (usually due to a cruelty case or major injury), or would be considered a danger if placed with a new owner, and euthanasia is determined to be the best option. This decision is always a very difficult one by the shelter director and staff. They always want to save as many animals as possible. Most animals received are healthy and readily adoptable, or can be with some routine medical care. In these cases, the animals will stay in the shelter as long as we can possibly keep them. Every effort is made to find a new home through adoption, foster care, or by partnerships with animal rescues. Many animals may stay at the shelter for weeks or months before finding a new home. This is why public support, volunteers, and donations are so very important to being able to properly care for as many adoptable animals as possible.

 

Q: Isn't their usually something "wrong" with shelter pets?

 A: NO! Many animals that arrive at the shelter are perfectly healthy and happy. Their arrival may have been for many reasons beyond their control.

These may include the owner moving somewhere that doesn't allow pets, owner financial trouble, divorce, death of the owner, or people that purchased an animal as a gift and the person receiving the animal was not able to care for it properly. None of these cases are the fault of the pet, and they are already well-adjusted and just looking for a second chance to be loved by a new family.

 

Q: Why do you charge an adoption fee? If you want adoptions, shouldn't it be free?

 A: Animal shelters are non-profit. This does not mean they can afford to give animals away for free. Shelters have to pay bills too, this not only includes the veterinary bills on the animals, but also the power bills, building rent, and so on. Every shelter has different “adoption fees” according to their expenses. Some shelters are able to give away pets in some situations, as with senior animals who would normally be euthanized. Some shelters have “barn cat” programs where they adopt out, for free, feral cats who are fixed and suited for barn cats. If shelters started giving away all their pets, for free, they would soon have to shut their doors and close down.

Q: Why should my pet be spayed or neutered?
  • Spaying /neutering your pet is good for your pet, you, and the community.
  • Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
  • Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
  • Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
  • Spaying and neutering helps to reduce the number of homeless and unwanted pets in our community.  We already have an overpopulation problem.  This means there are not enough homes for the number of animals born each year in Henderson County.
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