Animal Lovers Help 225 Cats and Dogs After Shelter Fire

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Both the local community and the greater community of animal lovers have shown their support to a shelter that had to find placement for over 200 animals following an early morning fire on Monday.

Shelter staffers called 911 and immediately evacuated about 225 animals from the Christian County Animal Shelter in Hopkinsville, KY last Monday morning, March 18, when they arrived and saw smoke coming from the building.  The animals were all saved and did not suffer any injuries, but needed foster placement, adoption, or transfer to other facilities afterward.

The photo showing evacuated cats sitting in crates outside on the pavement, with a fire truck parked behind them, has been widely shared, and has had a powerful effect on most people who have seen it.

News coverage, along with sharing of the compelling photo via social media helpd get the word out, and as of Saturday morning, March 23, all but 7 of the animals had been placed. While the animals are now nearly all safely in foster or other care, or have been adopted, the shelter needs cat and dog food, litter, and other basic supplies to provide for the animal caregivers. Those living too far away to deliver items for the animals can make cash donations for the supplies.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Shelter you can Send mail to:
Christian County Animal Shelter
515 Weber Street
Hopkinsville, KY 42240

The shelter does not appear to have a PayPal account.

In the news report below, broadcast on March 20, shelter staff expressed gratitude for the support received from animal lovers near and far. As noted above, most of the animals have now found placement.

Updates and information are being shared at the Christian County Animal Shelter Facebook page.

WSMV Channel 4

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