“This is the first time we have had a place of our own to keep animals, rather than keep them with us or place them in foster homes,” said Hamilton. “I paid for this with my own money. Nobody can come up to us and say we have to move and nobody can take this away from the animals.”
Hamilton said that the barn offers stalls for two horses and a yard, that once fenced, can house additional large animals. “It needs some fencing or fence work. If people have any fencing materials or work, we would be glad to have it. It needs a lot of work now, but volunteers know what this is worth.”
Hamilton said that she intends to build a roof over a concrete pad on the property, for pens for smaller animals, to keep them out of the elements. “We try not to turn any animals away, even now. When we get pets in our organization, we are usually very fortunate in that the Lord is good to us and helps us find homes for them.”
According to Hamilton, the Humane Society accepts pets from owners no longer able to tend to their needs, due to moving, illness or death. She added that Trigg County Dog Warden Kenneth Cunningham collects stray animals and transports them to a shelter in Christian County. She said that her organization tends to some of the strays before Cunningham transports them to the neighboring facility, which the county pays a monthly fee to use.
The difference between her Trigg County facility, and the Christian County facility, according to Hamilton, is the final disposition of animals unclaimed or adopted. If unclaimed, Christian county euthanizes stray animals.
“I do not euthanize any animals,” said Hamilton. She added that she spoke to Trigg County Judge/Executive Stan Humphries about becoming the shelter of choice for the county, but could not accommodate the requirement to destroy animals to reduce long-term costs.
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