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JULY 20, 2015

volunteers counted 438 horses on reclaimed land in five Eastern Kentucky counties

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Horse owners in coal-depressed Eastern Kentucky have been abandoning horses on "land owned or leased by coal companies that was in various stages of being reclaimed," Sarah Coleman reports for Horse Channel. The result is that hundreds of domesticated horses are now roaming wild and new generations of horses that have never been handled by humans have been born on these lands. (Kentucky Humane Society photo)

Lori Redmon, president and CEO of the Kentucky Humane Society, said that in March 2014 she led a group of volunteers that counted 438 horses on reclaimed land in five Eastern Kentucky counties, Coleman writes. "The vast majority of the mares appeared to be pregnant or have foals by their side. When she returned in June, her assumption of mares being in foal was validated with an increased number of foals. In fact, one of the largest herds observed consisted of 120 horses and roughly 30 foals."

Turning out the horses isn't anything new, Coleman writes. "For the past 20 years or so, local citizens, many of them miners, would release their horses out onto the land that was being reclaimed by the coal mining companies.The horses could then be caught and brought back to homes and farms when the owners wanted to ride them."

"When the recession came in 2008, more and more horses were being turned out onto the mining lands (for reference, mine sites can up as large as 20,000 to 40,000 acres of land) increasing grazing stress onto the limited grass lands," Coleman writes. "Additionally, fewer horses were being gathered at the end of summer to go back to their homes. People began to travel from farther away to dump horses on the mine’s land. Some left stallions that bred the mares, leading to unplanned and unwanted foals that were feral because of their lack of human contact. The population of these free-roaming horses began to outgrow the ability of the habitat to sustain them."

One problem is that when the horses run out of food on reclaimed land, they often wander into residential areas looking for something to eat, Coleman writes. The best solution to reduce the populations has been increased adoption efforts. (Read more)

Written by Tim Mandell

July 3, 2015

ADOPT A FELINE AND LET IT FIND ITS FOREVER HOME

 
This week we are featuring some great kitties who have been at the Shelter much too long.  Each feline has a very sweet disposition and gets along well with the other kitties at the Shelter. They are litter box trained, vaccinated, dewormed, and fixed so they can be adopted and go to a new forever home right away!! To find out more about these special kitties (or any of the other wonderful kitties at the Shelter), call the Shelter at 606-673-4509 Mon-Fri 10-2pm. Or after hours and weekends call Beverly Pack, LC Humane Society Volunteer at (606) 571-6224 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call for a quicker response.   Please follow us on Facebook at Lawrence County Humane Society-Louisa, KY
 
MISSY is a beautiful orange Tiger Stripe Tabby who has plenty of spunk!! She is very playful…and perhaps better in a home that does not have small children as she can play a little too vigorously at times.  But if you like a feisty and one that loves attention (most of the time), then MISSY is the girl for you. Won't YOU give MISSY a loving forever home today?
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DIANE is an adorable brown & black Tiger Stripe Tabby with spots of orange here-n-there over her body which makes her a Tabico (mix of a Tabby and Calico)!! She is a very sweet girl and would make a great companion in any home. She gets along well with her playmates at the Shelter. Are YOU the special human DIANE is waiting for to take her home?
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June 23, 2015

COME ADOPT A NEW FELINE FRIEND

This week we are featuring a litter of three siblings (CHANCE, CELSIUS, CYCLONE) and their mommy named STORMY. Just like their mommy, these babies are super sweet and very friendly. Another sweet little darling named SKYLAR was presented to Stormy because he came to the Shelter very young and needed a mother for a while longer, so she took him in and nursed him and raised him with her own babies. All the babies are very playful and love attention. They are litter box trained, vaccinated, dewormed, and will be fixed before going to a new forever home!!

Stormy has already been fixed so she is ready for a new home right away!!

Come to the Shelter and see STORMY, CHANCE, CELSIUS, CYCLONE, and SKYLAR right away!! These kittiesi are just adorable.

Or, to find out more about these special kitties (or any of the other wonderful kitties at the Shelter), call the Shelter at 606-673-4509 Mon-Fri 10-2pm. Or after hours and weekends call Beverly Pack, LC Humane Society Volunteer at (606) 571-6224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call for a quicker response.   Please follow us on Facebook at Lawrence County Humane Society-Louisa, KY

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June 26, 2015

Ribbon Cutting for Shelter

I want to take a moment to invite everyone out to the official ribbon cutting and open house for the new Johnson County Animal Shelter this Sunday at 2 p.m. We are located on Route 460 on Shelter Way road on the left. Just look for the signs and balloons. This is your animal shelter Johnson County! 

It has been a labor of love for those who have stuck with this project for the last four years. And always worth every minute spent to provide the very best place for all of Johnson County's stray, abandoned and abused animals. Thanks to our entire community and beyond who have supported our efforts.

Know that every animal that comes through our doors will be treated with the utmost care and respect and most of all with the abundance of LOVE that these animals have always deserved. 

Bless each and every one and all of those precious animals who need us.

Lisa Trusty-Roberts 

President, Whiskers or Wags-The Johnson County Animal Shelter

JUNE 15, 2015

This week we are featuring a litter of four siblings who were born March 3rd to a super sweet mommy named Gemma. Just like their mommy, these babies are super sweet and were raised in a foster home until they were old enough to be brought to the shelter and readied for adoption. Initially a litter of five (one has already been adopted as well as Gemma), these remaining kittens are as sweet and personable as they come.  They are very playful, love attention, and are litter box trained, vaccinated, dewormed, and fixed so they are ready to go to a new forever home right away!!

Bianca Bianca  Puck Puck  Oberon Oberon  Lancelot Lancelot

 Come to the Shelter and see BIANCA, PUCK, OBERON, and LANCELOT right away!! These babies are just adorable.

Or, to find out more about these special kitties (or any of the other wonderful kitties at the Shelter), call the Shelter at 606-673-4509 Mon-Fri 10-2pm. Or after hours and weekends call Beverly Pack, LC Humane Society Volunteer at (606) 571-6224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call for a quicker response.  

Please follow us on Facebook at Lawrence County Humane Society-Louisa, KY