July 26, 2015 -- An anonymous supporter of AHS with a lifelong love of animals within the community has donated graciously out of their summer business proceeds to help the animals in our care at the Adoption Center. While they wish to remain anonymous, we would like to send out a big shout of thanks to this wonderful donor.
Stephanie Durr, volunteer with AHS, held a Jamberry Fundraiser in June for the animals in our care and presented us with a very nice check representing her commissions from the sales. Thank you Stephanie, you are a friend to the animals. Stephanie and Elizabeth Fiehler, another long-time AHS volunteer have been instrumental in adoption events and, just yesterday, adopted our three young cats at Petsmart in Lexington, with another going to foster with possible adoption.
Our volunteers rock and make life better for the animals! Thank you to all our volunteers!
Central Kentucky Singles Over 40 Fundraiser Benefits AHS
Central Kentucky Singles Over 40 held a "white elephant" auction at their recent gathering to benefit the Anderson Humane Society. Local member, Gwen Hold, delivered two tubs of dog food and toy, and over $1200 from their auction. A big shout of thanks to Gwen and her friends.
Picnic and Everyday Dangers for Your Pets
The Longest Day of Play
June 16, 2015 -- The Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Longest Day of Play this year at the City Park. Holding down the booth for AHS was Daniel and Holly Morris, along with their two alumni dogs, Lyndi and Macy. Helping were Linda Osborn and her alumni dog, Daisy, and volunteer Alicia McGrath.
10th Annual Garden Party
May 30, 2015 -- The 10th Annual Garden Party was held at Wild Turkey Visitor Center on a beautiful Saturday evening. Around 175 guests attended with music provided by BCB & Company. To view more pictures, please see the Garden Party tab under Events.
Memorial Day Fundraiser at Shoe Carnival
May 23, 2015 -- AHS was invited to cook for the crowd by Shoe Carnival in Frankfort for Memorial Day Weekend. Board members, Sandy Warner and Dennis Schraub, took the challenge and brought home the bacon. A whopping $52 was made in donations and it was a whole lot of fun said both Sandy and Dennis.
Chili's Fundraiser a Huge Success
May 5, 2015 -- The Fundraiser at Chili's in Frankfort was a confirmed success. Many friends, supporters and members were there to celebrate Cinco De Mayo and support AHS. At 5 p.m. we had reached our goal of $400 and still supporters came to dine. We are not sure of our total yet, but the money raised will go straight to our Low Cost Spay/Neuter Fund. Many thanks to all those who came to support AHS.
The Anderson Humane Society community is saddened to have recently lost two of their founding members. Louise Camic passed away on March 12, of this year, and on April 23, we lost another beloved founding member, Shirley Martin. The lives of homeless animals in Anderson County were forever impacted by the love and selflessness of these two women. When discussing the need for a Humane Society over 30 years ago, Shirley Martin stated matter-of-factly, "it must be done." Our heart-felt condolences to the families of these two great women.
Pennies for Pups Project
April 17, 2015 -- The Anderson County High School Teen Humane Club presented Director, Donna Callahan, with a check for $1082.47 raised during the Pennies for Pups Project during this school year. The project was under the direction of Mr. Tracy Matthews. Pictured are the Juniors and Seniors of this year's club. Director Callahan told the group "This is awesome and the Humane Society is very grateful". A job well done by a wonderful group of young men and women who stepped up and donated their time and energy to such a worthy project.
Community Service Day
Friday, April 17, 2015 -- We want to thank Mrs. Kidwell's class for spending time with us today in recognition of Community Service Day. The 1st graders from Emma B. Ward made some beautiful artwork of the animals and spent time playing with our cats and dogs.
First Christian Youth Group Visits
April 12, 2015 -- Youth Pastor Michael McColl and his First Christian Church Middle School Youth Group paid the Adoption Center a visit on a very beautiful Spring Day. They helped with some much needed chores around the grounds and then spent time playing and walking the dogs, and playing with the cats. All the animals got some much needed attention from the kids and rather than sit in their kennels on a nice Sunday afternoon, they got to romp and walk. They were some happy and tired pups when the kids loaded up to head back to the Church. Thanks Pastor McColl and your wonderful group of kids for spending the afternoon with the pets waiting on their furever homes. Photos courtesy of Melissa Scott.
Bailey's Birthday Gifts
--March 28, 2015 Miss Bailey has been taking up donations for the animals since she was six years old, instead of birthday presents. Here is a photograph of Bailey with this year's donations. Bailey, you are a special young lady with a very generous heart. Thank you for all you do to help the animals and Happy Birthday.
After Hours Event at Wild Turkey
--March 26, 2015 As members of the Chamber of Commerce, AHS was invited to attend the "After Hours" event at the Wild Turkey Visitor's Center. It was an enjoyable evening and a chance for us to visit with local chamber members and officials. A big thank you to the Chamber and all they do for the community. Wild Turkey made a wonderful host and the Visitor's Center is a must-see.
Business Expo Booth a Crowd Favorite
--March 21, 2015 AHS board members and Director, Donna Callahan, manned the annual booth at the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at Eagle Lake Convention Center on Saturday. Over $300 was raised in donations, t-shirt and dog treat sales, and raffled gift baskets for both the dog lovers and cat lovers. The happy winner of the dog gift basket is shown below (son of Christina Crawford). Nettie Halvorson won the cat gift basket. AHS also offered the chance to win a free spay/neuter voucher and the winner will be notified by mail. Official mascot, Wiggles, was there and ran into Congressman Andy Barr. Wiggles barked in the Congressman's ear that AHS insists on harsh animal cruelty penalties and the closure of puppy mills in Kentucky. Adoptable dog Dottie also made an appearance and received lots of love from children and adults. AHS plans to return to the Expo next year with more colorful t-shirts and volunteer made dog treats. Many thanks to the chamber member who generously donated the booth fee.
Walmart Supply Drive Huge Success
Our first supply drive of the year was held at Walmart on Sunday. AHS was desperate for dry puppy and dog food, and our needs were met. The shoppers were generous in their donations and not only did we meet our immediate need for food, but plenty of supplies and monetary donations were received. Our next supply drive is scheduled for March 19, and volunteers are needed so we can set-up at both doors. To volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Karen Tucker.
Animals Safe after Fire at Animal Control
--February 28, 2015 - As reported on The Anderson News website:
A fire earlier this morning at the Anderson County Animal Control damaged the building's electrical system but did not harm any animals housed there, according to Anderson County Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton. Gritton said four cats were moved to the Humane Society's facility next door, and that a dozen dogs were outside but in good condition. "The cats are at the adoption center and the dogs are outside playing," Gritton said. "They have plenty of food, water and everything they need."
Gritton said the fire started in a fuse box and was out by the time firefighters arrived. He said the service panel has to be replaced, and that he has already contacted an electrician to do the job. It was unclear when it would be fixed. Gritton said once the panel is installed, it needs to be inspected before Kentucky Utilities will reconnect the service. Gritton said that because there is currently no heat in the building, water has been shut off to prevent the lines from freezing. Gritton said the fire caused no other damage to the building.
From Donna Callahan, Director of Anderson Humane Society
Just to let everyone know - all is well at the Animal Control building. Dogs and cats have been taken care of - no need to panic. Electric and water will be taken care of soon. Thank you everyone for your concern. If things are not better by Monday we will re-post. Once again - thank you everyone for your concern.
Anderson County Chamber of Commerce "pays it forward" to Anderson Humane Society in Memory of past President Cindy Peterson
February 17, 2015 - At the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce annual Gala in January, the Peterson family donated a new sign to the Chamber. The Chamber decided to "pay it forward" in honor of the late Cindy Peterson (past president of the Chamber) and raise funds through the month of January for the Anderson Humane Society. With the help of many local businesses, they raised $3,000, and the check was presented to AHS, by Pam Brough, Executive Director of the Chamber, along with Brent Peterson and children, and Joan Markwell, on Tuesday, Feb 17, at the Senior Citizens Center during the Chamber's monthly luncheon. Many thanks to the wonderful organizations and the Peterson and Markwell families who participated in this wonderful campaign. The AHS is honored to have been the chosen recipient and the much needed donations will benefit the animals at the AHS Adoption Center waiting on their "furever" homes. A special thanks to the Board of Directors of the Chamber for for initiating this campaign. The AHS is a proud member of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce.
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