The building, located on Canton Road, has been under construction since before the ice storm, and some of the wood used on the inside of the building is from trees that fell near and on the building during the storm, Hamilton said.
“I was getting a lot of people dumping animals here,” Hamilton said. “But they’re not as bad as they used to be. I still get calls on a daily basis asking me to come and pick up animals. And I have to tell them to go to the sheriff’s department.”
While Trigg County Animal Control handles most dumping cases in the county, the Humane Society deals with animals abandoned in Land Between the Lakes and takes care of animals that are involved in animal cruelty cases, although some people leave animals at their building without telling anyone, said Hamilton.
Animals she has taken care of at the Humane Society include cats and dogs, and also pigs, horses, ponies, pigs and cows. Animals that are dumped are placed in homes, she said.
“Rather than take them to the shelter, where at least if they’re put down they’ll be euthanized, they drop them out there [in LBL] to either be hit by a car, to starve to death or become food for the coyotes,” Hamilton said. “I don’t see how anyone can do that.”
Many of the funds for the Humane Society come from the 400 Mile Yard Sale and from the Trigg County Ham Festival, and community service workers have, with supervision, helped build the building, Hamilton said, adding that many of the materials for the building have been donated.
Particular examples include a couple that buys food for all of the animals every month, be they dogs, cats or horses, and ceiling fans donated by Oak Grove Baptist Church, Hamilton said.
Some of the animals being taken care of right now include a fawn that was pinned up in someone’s back yard that’s being taken care of so it can be released back into the wild, and a cow that was born without eyes, she said.