Ravenna, KY – The Estill County Animal Shelter was notified Tuesday (October 15th) that it will be the recipient of a $5,000 grant to provide spay and neuter services to shelter animals. The grant was awarded by the Two Mauds Foundation, whose mission it is to partner with grassroots humane organizations to provide funding for spay/neuter projects in the Appalachians. The partner in this spay and neuter project is Woodstock Animal Foundation. If you live in Central Kentucky you have probably at least heard of this group. Woodstock will be working with Estill County to conduct the more than 100 spay/neuters.
Estill County is recognized as a no-kill shelter, despite high intake rates by comparison to other counties their size and the fact they accept animals from two other counties (Lee and Owsley). This is attributed to the tireless outreach and networking conducted by the staff at the shelter and a high level of community engagement.
It was these factors and their active participation in a recent Bluegrass Community and Shelter Needs Assessment, conducted by Dr. Sara Pizano, DVM and Animal Welfare Strategist with Team Shelter USA that acted as the catalyst for this funding. Dr. Pizano shared, “’I can’t think of a more worthy shelter in need than Estill County. Tommy and his team of a couple staff and dedicated volunteers save every single animal they can on far less than a shoe-string budget. Thank you to 2Mauds for this spay/neuter grant and for Woodstock Animal Foundation for doing the surgeries!’.
Tommy Mullen, Shelter Director with Estill County Shelter could barely contain his excitement at the news, “This is awesome! This grant will help our community so much and we are really grateful for the help.”
The project is expected to start in the next few weeks, but there is no official date yet. Woodstock and Estill County staff will be coordinating a kick-off soon and will make the date public as soon as it is confirmed.
By: Staci L. May
Planning and Information Manager
Bluegrass Area Development District