MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Mount Juliet animal sanctuary has taken in 72 animals from eastern Kentucky after participating in rescues in the devastating flooded area.
Currently, there are 30 cats and dogs in foster care. However, there are at least 42 other cats, kittens and dogs that need homes of their own.
“These recent floods in Kentucky have been devastating,” said Kristin Condit of True Rescue.
Two weeks ago, Condit and a team from animal shelter True Rescue loaded two SUVs full of supplies to help an emergency animal rescue center in Perry County.
“Everyone has been impacted. Our original plan was to bring pet food, tarps, water, really anything we thought they might need,” Condit said.
According to Condit, when they arrived, the animal shelter was without electricity.
“Although they didn’t take on any water, they had quite a bit of damage in the shelter, so there was a lot of disinfection and cleaning to do before they could take any animals,” Condit said.
On top of that, before the Eastern Kentucky shelter could accommodate relocated animals, more than 200 animals had to be moved to other facilities.
“After a few days, all of their dogs were culled for 20 or 30 years, but unfortunately during that time the animals started coming in,” Condit said.
She said that’s when the plan got hijacked, as True Rescue brought a few dozen cats and dogs back to Mount Juliet early.
“These animals had low blood pressure, were malnourished, dehydrated, sustained injuries while straying, but all of these were treated first in Kentucky,” Condit said.
She said now the animals are all healthy and safe after facing real devastation.
“Given the ability to be in a stress-free environment, there aren’t a lot of loud noises; they’re calm and forgiveness sets in, and they’re just happy to move on,” Condit said.
A few cats and kittens have already been adopted in Kentucky, but True Rescue currently has over 300 animals in its care.
If you want to adopt a furry friend or are interested in volunteering, head over to their website truerescue.org.