The Christian County Animal Shelter re-opened for normal business this morning, a little more than a week after half the building was severely damaged by fire.
Animal Shelter Director Irene Grace gave her monthly report at this morning’s Christian Fiscal Court meeting and thanked the hundreds of people from across the country who helped the shelter in any way they could.
Ms. Grace thanked local veterinarians, pet rescue organizations, the local and national Humane Society and other organizations who helped cats and dogs find permanent and temporary homes. She said those efforts combined with the hard work of her employees prevented any pet from having to be put to sleep as a result of the crisis.
Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble proclaimed an emergency last week and negotiated a contract with Gilliland Construction of Hopkinsville to make the repairs to the shelter for approximately $150,000—pending insurance approval. The county has a $10,000 deductible and Judge Tribble says the contract dictates the work must be done within 60 days.
The shelter had already received its first cat from Animal Control by the time the meeting began and Ms. Grace says her staff will continue posting photos of the pets needing homes on their Facebook and Petfinder pages.