UPDATE: Ethan gets to meet family who rescued him

UPDATE: (3/03/21 7:30 A.M.) – The Kentucky Humane Society says Ethan is doing well enough to have some visitors.

KHS posted on social media, the rescued dog has not gotten neutered and is doing well from that surgery. Well enough to get a special surprise.

The shelter reports Ethan got to meet the young man and his family who helped save his life.

The Henderson family came to the Kentucky Humane Society on January 29th to drop off donations for shelter dogs. That’s when they say they saw what they thought was a dead dog in the parking lot. The shelter says the family quickly rushed to get the dog help.

The family says their son, 11-year-old Tatum, was upset to see the dog in such a condition. So the family kept up with his progress on Facebook.

The shelter says a few days ago, Tatum’s grandmother reached out to see if he could meet Ethan now that he is healthy. And the shelter agreed.

The family and Ethan got to meet each other, so Ethan could give a proper thank you. The shelter says since Tatum’s birthday is just a couple weeks away, they also got him a present of his very own “Team Ethan” shirt, and a thank you card signed by Ethan.

UPDATE: (2/17/21 8:30 A.M.) – A happy update on Ethan, a dog dropped off in dire condition at the Kentucky Humane Society almost two weeks ago.

According to KHS, Ethan is enjoying snow for the first time, saying he played with some other dogs and then crashed hard for a long nap on Tuesday.

The shelter also wants to thank the public for all the care packages and warm coats sent to Ethan.

And now, you can buy your very own Ethan merch to help other animals at KHS just like Ethan.

The shelter says the design came from a portrait that Emma, the daughter of a KHS volunteer, drew of Ethan when he was first starting to recover.

You can view the merchandise HERE.

Source: Kentucky Humane Society

UPDATE: (2/12/21 5:00 A.M.)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Kentucky Humane Society says Ethan can now spend his nights in a foster home.

According to a post on Facebook, Ethan will be released into the care of an experienced staff member every night. He will have to come in during the day for some specialized care.

KHS says Ethan now weighs 65lbs. That’s up 27lbs in just 12 days. The shelter says its amazed by his recovery up to this point. It is asking for donations to help continue his care.

UPDATE: (2/10/21 11:30 A.M.)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) shared an update on Ethan, a dog abandoned in dire condition more than a week ago.

On Wednesday morning, KHS shared a post on Twitter that said in part, “Ethan decided he was ready to break out of his nursery & stood up on his hind legs by himself!”

According to KHS, Ethan is slowly regaining his strength and is in a playful mood, “We are seeing more of his personality everyday! He picked up his 1st toy this morning and is having a ball!”

Source: Kentucky Humane Society


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) — From the Kentucky Humane Society … Ethan the dying dog who was dumped at the Kentucky Humane Society on January 29 has been released from the emergency hospital – and he’s now back at KHS!

ETHAN UPDATE: Ethan was finally stable enough to come home from the hospital Wednesdayday. While he is still unable to walk on his own and will still need constant care from our veterinary team, we feel he is out of the woods when it comes to refeeding syndrome and our staff can take care of him from this point forward. Our staff have made him his very own nursery complete with toys that were donated to him by some very kind people. He is on IV fluids, medications and is being fed every 2 hours to help him continue gaining weight slowly and steadily. Ethan has a long road ahead of him, but we are cautiously optimistic that he will pull through. He has thousands of people rooting for him and we are so grateful for the outpouring of support from our community and afar. Donations to help our lifesaving work mean so much to Ethan and to the thousands of shelter animals we care for each year. Thank you to everyone who has been moved to give in his honor. We are overwhelmed with gratitude. www.kyhumane.org/donate.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A dog that was near death is now showing signs of recovery.

Ethan was left in front of the Kentucky Humane Society in Louisville in terrible condition Friday.

“We are just really hopeful that he makes it and everyday that he’s with us is a miracle, Andrea Blair, PR and Marketing Director of the Kentucky Humane Society, said.

“He is literally the thinnest dog that we’ve ever seen that was still breathing. He was actively dying when we picked him up and his temperature was so low that it was not even being read by the thermometer.”

Blair says Ethan only weighed about 40 pounds – less than half the weight a dog his size should be. She says he likely had not been fed for several weeks, but with a lot of love and care, he’s making progress.

“Within a day we saw a tail wag,” Blair said. “He was still too weak to hold up his head, but he was eating – very interested in eating.”

Blair said as Ethan’s story spread, the center has received hundreds of calls from concerned animal lovers and raised more than 40-thousand dollars.

“It gives me a lot of hope that people really do care about animals and for every one person out there who mistreats an animal or neglects them, I know there are thousands who want to help and are willing to step up,” Blair said.

She encourages anyone with information about Ethan’s owners to call Louisville Metro Animal Services at 502-473-PETS.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A dog left abandoned at the Kentucky Humane Society in dire shape continues to fight for his life but is making progress.

The humane society shared an update on Ethan Tuesday morning along with a video. The post reads in part, “We are thrilled to report that Ethan is making slow but steady progress. Since his rescue on Friday, Ethan’s weight has increased from 38 pounds to 47! Much of this gain has been from fluids, as he was extremely dehydrated. He is responding well to the nutrition he’s receiving.”

According to the Kentucky Humane Society, a dying dog was discarded in the parking lot Friday around 12 P.M. A post recounting the story reads in part, “Ethan, as we have named him, was so weak he could not lift his head. He is the thinnest dog we have ever seen that was still breathing, weighing only 38 lbs when he should weigh at least 80 lbs.”

At the time, the humane society believed his chances of survival were just 50/50.

Since then, multiple posts on Facebook about Ethan have garned thousands of shares as people continue to follow his recovery.

The humane society concluded Tuesday’s post by saying, “We want to give a special thank you to the emergency veterinary team that is providing Ethan with round-the-clock care, and to everyone who is following his story!”

The shelter is also looking for information about Ethan that can aid in the investigation. Tips should be provided to Louisville Metro Animal Services at 502-473-PETS.

The humane society is still accepting donations in Ethan’s honor. You can donate online HERE.

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