Daviess County Animal Control in Owensboro, Kentucky is made up of 6 full time employees and one part time employee. They take in all animals from Daviess and McClean Counties which is approximately 4500 per year. The employees and volunteers are very animal friendly and they have managed to reduce their euthanasia rate from 95% seven years ago to 1% today under the directorship of Ashley Clark.
Last year 26 dogs were euthanized and only about half for space issues. They attribute their success rate partially to the staff, but mainly to the cross posters, networkers, rescues, and volunteers. They probably have about 20 regular volunteers, but they are not usually at the shelter. They do events and foster primarily.
DCAC has several foster homes for cats during kitten season, but not nearly enough. They have very few dog foster homes and almost none for pit bulls. 50% of the dogs at the shelter right now are Pit bulls and Pit mixes.
One of the staff favorites is Buddy, a 5 year old male Pit mix. Buddy loves people which is commendable considering he had a very sad life before he was surrendered to the shelter. Buddy’s previous owners kept him in a crate 24/7 only allowing him out briefly for bathroom breaks. This is nothing short of torture for a young dog who wants to run and play.
He had sores on his legs and feet from being stuck in a crate for so long. Why would anyone even have a dog if only to keep it imprisoned in a box?
Buddy has missed out on so many things in life that all dogs should be enjoying every day. He rarely if ever got to play with toys, feel the warmth of sunshine against his face, or just roll around in the cool grass. He was robbed of these things then dumped by his owners at the county animal control.
Now Buddy sits in another cage at Daviess County Animal Control. Although the staff and volunteers give him more attention and love than his previous owners gave him, he needs a home, and he needs a family. He needs to finally live a normal, happy life. That is all Buddy has ever wanted.
The staff all love Buddy and do not want him to be one of the 1% of dogs they will have to euthanize if no one steps forward to rescue, foster or adopt him. The sad reality is, his time is running out.
Buddy weighs 52 pounds. He loves people but is very animal aggressive. He needs someone who can help him with training and rehabilitation so he can become the happy boy that he was meant to be.
No dog should ever have to endure the life that Buddy was forced to live day and in day out for three years. However, this has not broken Buddy’s spirit in the least. He still adores people , loves to gives kisses and can wag his tail so fast that it looks like a blur.
If you can be a hero for Buddy please contact Daviess County Animal Control in Owensboro, Kentucky at 270-685-8275 or email email@example.com and indicate Buddy in the subject line.