Tᴇxᴀs Woman Took Over An Animal Sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ And Reduced The Euthanasia Rate From 100 Percent To Zero

Tᴇxᴀs Woman Took Over An Animal Sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ And Reduced The Euthanasia Rate From 100 Percent To Zero

Although many sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀs around the world are now following a ɴᴏ-ᴋɪʟʟ ᴘᴏʟɪᴄʏ, sadly, ᴋɪʟʟ sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀs aren’t quite yet a thing of the past. Overcrowding and lack of funding are two of the main reasons why sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ workers are forced to ᴇᴜᴛʜᴀɴɪᴢᴇ ᴀɴɪᴍᴀʟs, and it can happen as often as every week. For one sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ in Taft, Tᴇxᴀs, ᴛʜᴇ ᴋɪʟʟ ʀᴀᴛᴇ was exceptionally high, and shockingly, almost 100% of all animals living at the sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ had to be ᴘᴜᴛ ᴅᴏᴡɴ. The staff were heartbroken about the current circumstances and knew that something had to change. Luckily, help was on hand, in the form of animal-lover Kayla Denney.

Kayla was so committed to the cause, that she decided to leave her old job in order to give the animals her full love and attention. When she first arrived at the sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ, it was in such a ʙᴀᴅ condition that there wasn’t even any electricity. It was in desperate need of repair, but since it had a limited budget, there were very minimal supplies. As Denise Hitt, the City Manager, said, “We did have what they call the ‘blue juice’, to ᴇᴜᴛʜᴀɴɪᴢᴇ ᴀɴɪᴍᴀʟs.” Chief of Pᴏʟɪᴄᴇ, John Cornish, recalled that before Kayla arrived, “Every Wednesday was ᴛʜᴇ ᴋɪʟʟ ᴅᴀʏ. It was ʜᴏʀʀɪʙʟᴇ.”

John dreamt of the day when there could be a ɴᴏ-ᴋɪʟʟ sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ in the city. When Kayla arrived, that dream became a reality. The first thing she did was post to her personal Facebook page asking for supplies, donations, and asked that nobody post any negative comments. Her post went ᴠɪʀᴀʟ in her local town and she was able to gather over 800 boxes of supplies to help her transform the sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ. Kayla’s next step was to focus on improving the lives of sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ pets. She set out to round up volunteers willing to help walk, play, and care for the animals. She also set up a Facebook page in order to promote the sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ’s adorable pets who were looking for their forever homes. She also reached out to fosters and rescues in the area to help the animals find their permanent families. Slowly but surely, the sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ began to transform. Today, it’s got electricity and the animals coming through are being placed in loving homes.Within a year, Kayla managed to turn a ʀᴜɴ-ᴅᴏᴡɴ city sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ with a ʜɪɢʜ-ᴋɪʟʟ rate into what it is today, and she managed to change ᴛʜᴇ ᴋɪʟʟ ʀᴀᴛᴇ into 100% saves. All her hard work was definitely paying off as Denney won $10,000 for being one of the five finalists for the Petco Foundation Unsung Hero award earlier this year, and received an additional $25,000 when she won the top prize. On Monday, she will fly to San Diego, California, to accept her award.

“There are thousands of applicants, I didn’t know I was nominated,” she told of finding out she had won. “It still just blows my mind that that’s still a thing.” Denney told the outlet that the $35,000 prize money will go towards improving Taft’s animal sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ.

“It’s an older sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ and it’s run down,” she explained. “We got lights thanks to a donor who put in electricity for us, but I want indoor-outdoor kennels with a guillotine in between so when it’s raining we can put them inside.”

“We want an area where they can have meet and greet out in the field and somewhere they can have grass time rather than just cement time,” she added.

What a kind, selfless woman.

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