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Just when Brent Caldwell thinks he’ll be able to find more homes for the animals that are being dropped off at the Grant County Animal Shelter, a new car arrives bearing unwanted dogs and cats.
The facility has about 130 dogs and puppies and 100 cats that need homes.
“That number has actually declined from when I started, but these animals need homes, that hasn’t changed,” Caldwell said.
Caldwell said he believes more families are losing their homes and aren’t allowed pets in apartments or rental properties and some families just can’t afford their pets anymore.
In an effort to reduce the number of animals at the shelter, Caldwell will waive the county’s adoption fee if the new owner agrees to get the animals spayed/neutered through a clinic.
The shelter works in conjunction with the Kentucky Humane Society to offer the spay/neuter service once a month. The next clinic will be on Aug. 24 and registration is necessary. Call the shelter at 859-824-9403 for more information.
The cost for a dog (ages 6 months and older) is $80 or $45 for cats.
Caldwell, a 2000 graduate of Grant County High School, became interim director of the shelter after the former director was terminated due to procedural issues regarding the use of prisoners at the facility.
Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link later appointed him as full-time director.
Caldwell had worked as a volunteer at the shelter prior to his employment there.
“I like animals,” he said. “I hope to be able to continue the programs that were started before I got here.”
Caldwell, the son of Darrell and Brenda Caldwell, is a member of the Grant County Emergency Management and the Kentucky Search Dog Association.
He previously worked at the Grant County Detention Center, the county road department and for the city of Williamstown.
Now that he’s had a couple months to get his feet wet, Caldwell said there are some things besides adoptive homes that the shelter needs from the public.
These include a dryer to dry bedding and towels, fans for the cat room, cat toys, rawhide chews for the dogs, bleach/cleaning supplies and a ceiling fan.
The animal shelter’s budget from the Grant County Fiscal Court is $120,850 which includes the director’s salary $25,600, a part-time employee, veterinary services, food and kennel supplies and utilities.
“Without the public’s help with donations it’s tough to get everything we need,” Caldwell said.