There is a heartrending adage often used when describing the plight of shelter animals “Unseen they suffer, unheard they cry, in agony they linger, in loneliness they die”. This phrase conjures up horrible images of rows and rows of forgotten animals, dying of loneliness, illness and the heartbreak of being abandoned. At one time each and every one these animals was a beloved pet, maybe even a Christmas puppy or kitten, or a child’s playmate.
Now they fill the shelters, coming in droves every day.
The Mercer County Animal Shelter is a small kill shelter in Harrodsburg, KY. They have a very small group of volunteers who work hard to save these animals. Any shelter animal is pitiful but Mercer County has definitely seen their share of sick animals, as well as neglect and abuse cases.
Although Mercer County is a kill shelter, it has been over two years since they have had to euthanize for space. They have a genuine care and compassion for the animals in their custody and make it their priority to keep them safe. They are one of the best shelters in Kentucky because they try their best to help as many sick animals as possible and raise funding so aggressive animals can go through rehabilitation and avoid euthanasia. They have also helped other county shelters when possible.
Two recent arrivals at Mercer County were both picked up as strays and immediately taken to the vet for illness.
Flagg is approximately 4-5 years old. He is a full-bred Treeing Walker Coonhound. He was picked up as a stray several weeks ago along with another Coonhound. The owner did not come for either of them. Flagg was diagnosed with a testicular growth and mammary tumors. He also had the worst case of Entropian eyelids the vet had ever seen. In addition, he was diagnosed with Alopecia. The vet is not sure of the root cause. His vet bill is currently around $1100 and growing.
Gordo is around 5 years old. He is a Shep/Rottie/Lab mix. Like Flagg his owner also did not come for him. A neighbor of Gordo’s owner actually heard Gordo was in the shelter. She called the shelter to ask that Gordo not be returned to his owner due to the horrible life he had there. He had an extremely severe case of Sarcoptic mange. The vet estimated up to six treatments and two months for recovery. He also had a secondary skin infection, an eye infection, and was emaciated. He was in quite a bit of pain. His vet bill is currently around $600 and growing.
Mercer County Animal Shelter wants to help Flagg and Gordo. They do not want to give up on them as their previous owners have. They want them both to know there are caring people who do value them and want to help them. They are desperate for donations to cover the vetting costs for both dogs. . The shelter unfortunately, is unable to pay expensive vet bills. It’s all they can do to cover normal operating cost. They will also need fosters for both dogs once they are healthy enough to leave the shelter.
Mercer County Animal Shelter believes in shelter animals. Their main goal is to send them off with the best possible start toward the new wonderful life they are so deserving of. Shelter animals will repay any act of kindness with unconditional love.
Please help Flagg and Gordo that have suffered enough at the hands of those that did not care for them. Now they have a chance for happiness. Don’t disappoint them.
Donations can be sent via check or credit card to the following:
Commonwealth Animal Hospital 1058 N College St, Harrodsburg, KY 40330 (859) 734-2245
Attn: Flagg or Gordo through the Mercer County Animal Shelter