Kentucky animal shelter needs help rebuilding after last year's

Kentucky animal shelter needs help rebuilding after last year's fire

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The shelter is temporarily keeping the animals at an old garage in Corbin while they work on renovating the new spot. The shelter is temporarily keeping the animals at an old garage in Corbin while they work on renovating the new spot.
The problem is the location only holds up to 50 animals and the shelter says it gets about 6,500 animals a year. The problem is the location only holds up to 50 animals and the shelter says it gets about 6,500 animals a year.
Now the shelter is working on renovating its new location on Busy Lane. Some cinder blocks were donated, but the shelter is in need of many more. Now the shelter is working on renovating its new location on Busy Lane. Some cinder blocks were donated, but the shelter is in need of many more.
"We are going to have a quarantine area that's going to hold at least 15 animals that may be on a stray hold. We are going to have a separate cat room and a puppy room," said shelter director Deanna Myers. "We are going to have a quarantine area that's going to hold at least 15 animals that may be on a stray hold. We are going to have a separate cat room and a puppy room," said shelter director Deanna Myers.
By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

CORBIN, Ky. (WATE) - The Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter in Kentucky is looking for help as it rebuilds.

A massive fire destroyed its building Thanksgiving weekend last year.

Previous story: Several animals perish in fire at Knox-Whitley animal shelter

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The shelter is temporarily keeping the animals at an old garage in Corbin while they work on renovating the new spot. The problem is the location only holds up to 50 animals and the shelter says it gets about 6,500 animals a year.

Last month, shelter officials says they took in 638 animals. Some of those cats and dogs are now temporarily staying in this one room facility. It's a far cry from the space at the former location that burned down in November, killing about a dozen cats and at least one dog..

"At that time, we had 28 kennels that we could house our bigger adult dogs. We had a cat room and a puppy room," said Deanna Myers, director of the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter.

Now the shelter is working on renovating its new location on Busy Lane. Some cinder blocks were donated, but the shelter is in need of many more.

"We are going to have a quarantine area that's going to hold at least 15 animals that may be on a stray hold. We are going to have a separate cat room and a puppy room," said Myers.

The shelter says it's looking for building materials, monetary donations, and volunteers.

"If you've got any expertise, if you're a certified electrician and if you want to donate your time we can use that."

The shelter's director says they're about $150,000 short of what's needed to complete the new shelter.

"It's going to take everyone coming together to be able to open our doors and save many more lives," said Myers.

The shelter says it's opening to open its new location by the end of this year, but that timeline will depend on help from the community.

More online: Information on donating or volunteering to the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter

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