Disaster Animal Response Team Captain Kathy Hayes has always had a soft spot for four-legged friends.
So, when she saw a Military Savings contest online offering to donate $1,000 to an animal shelter or dog park, Hayes didn’t hesitate to enter.
Then when she found out she won the contest last month, Hayes chose to forward the winnings to the Christian County Animal Shelter.
“I was so excited I sent the email to Irene (Grace),” she said.
Grace, the shelter’s director, said she was just as excited.
“Kathy didn’t even think she would win, but when we found out, I was just tickled,” Grace said.
The shelter is still recovering from a March 18 fire that damaged the east wing of the building. No animals or employees were injured in the blaze, but part of the building is being remodeled.
Grace said the remodeling is coming along great.
“We’ll probably be back up to full capacity next week,” she said.
The shelter plans to buy more cages for dogs and cats with the contest donation.
Hayes said the idea of a dog park was nice, but she knew the shelter needed the money most.
“Me and my (DART) workers were out there after the fire,” she said. “I was really amazed how fast they were able to get things going.”
The shelter broke ground for the new addition to the building Thursday.
“We’re going to have 20 new runs (or kennels) added to the shelter,” Grace said. “We’ll be able to house more dogs and cats.”
Although the restoration process is just starting, Grace said the donation will help move the project along.
“It makes me feel very appreciative that people do care about the animal shelter,” she said. “They haven’t stopped caring and being generous. People are still sending donations.”
REACH ZIRCONIA ALLEYNE at 270-887-3243