LANCASTER — People from other states have been chipping in with donations to help save Central Kentucky Regional Humane Society’s no-kill shelter in Garrard County from foreclosure.
Recently, Executive Director Mark Hurte had to design a public SOS — or Save Our Shelter — plea. If the non-profit organization does not come up with $3,000 in late mortgage payments by Aug. 1, Whitaker Bank will foreclose upon the shelter located at 214 Richmond Road in Lancaster.
“We really don’t like to beg,” Hurte said of the all-volunteer staff. “But if we don’t let people know what’s happening, animals are at risk of being put to sleep.”
One of the functions of the humane society is to pull adoptable animals from shelters throughout the state that have a euthanization policy. Right before the financial crisis, Hurte and volunteers saved a dog from Estill County. If the Lancaster facility closes, 13 dogs, seven puppies and 14 cats no longer have a home and could be placed in shelters that euthanize animals who are not adopted or claimed within a specified time period.