Clark County Animal Shelter gathering donations for new van

CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- Friends of the Clark County Animal Shelter is asking for immediate donations for a van that would help staff move animals from the shelter to approved rescues.

The shelter says its old van, purchased in 2011, moved more than 4,000 animals to surrounding counties where people adopted them.

Earlier this month, the van crashed with 30 animals on board. It rolled to its side and skidded down the highway. The driver had a severe arm injury and had to go to the hospital.

None of the animals were seriously injured.

“The van that has saved so many lives is now gone. Local adoptions make up less than 10 percent of animal placement from our local shelter. In 2017, 844 adoptable dogs found their way to the Clark County Animal Shelter, only 62 of those dogs were adopted to families locally, the remaining dogs would likely have faced euthanasia if it weren’t for the transports made possible by this van. The number of animals in need is overwhelming and there are not enough homes locally to save them all. Through relationships built by the shelter staff with rescues in areas that have fewer animals in need of homes the shelter has maintained an overall placement rate of 97 percent for dogs, but that is all at risk if animals cannot continue to be moved to safety,” Friends of the shelter said on Facebook.

The shelter says it has raised about $2,ooo so far of its $40,000 goal towards buying a new van by mid February.

That money would cover a base model van like a Dodge Promaster or Ford Transit plus .

According to the shelter, a square shaped van would allow them to travel with more animals.

Donations are tax deductible. You can click the “donate” button on their website, or write a check to Friends of the Clark County Animal Shelter, Inc. P.O. Box 4795, Winchester, KY 40392.


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