The hours will allow viewing time for the public to adopt animals, a way shelters afford to take in more animals. But due to different equipment and drugs kept on site, Graham said she can't accept just any volunteer or new employee, nor can she be responsible for a community service person due to her schedule.
Magistrate Joe Leavell, who agreed last month to research the issue, said Boyle's shelter doesn't receive this type of funding since it partners with the Humane Society.
"But we don't receive any funding from them either," said Director Dan Turcea of the Boyle County Animal Shelter. "The largest portion of our funding comes from the Fiscal Court. The rest comes from adoption fees and donations, as well as some trusts."
When Graham took over as dog warden after her husband, Tevis, became a sheriff's deputy, she said she thought she'd be able to fill all roles.
"But it's impossible, and I have to remember that me and Jessica helped him out. But now he's got a full-time job and things are different," she said.
She constantly picks up animals at all hours of the day and night. While she says she realizes it's her job, it doesn't erase the fact that she needs help.
Graham said due to lack of manpower, the shelter has let some minor things slide. "But this one is a big deal," she said.
People in the community often express frustration with the euthanization process, Graham said, and, as an animal lover herself, she understands this feeling.
"I want them to be adopted and to have good homes, too. But the only way we can do this is if we're open enough for the public to come in," she said. "And it would only be fair if Jessica is paid for it if she does it."
Currently, the Garrard County Animal Shelter has 25 dogs, seven adult cats and eight kittens.
"We're expecting to get nine to 12 more kittens and three adult cats in this week," Graham said. "And by the way, we are in very desperate need of cat litter, if anyone can help."