The Animal Refuge Center invites you to the ARC Christmas Party! •
Come join us for eggnog, cider and good cheer! Refreshments and baked goodies available. Whether you’re a long time supporter, or just getting to know us, come share some great times with our unique shelter and enjoy a day that’s fun for the whole family!
Join us at the Animal Refuge Center, 185 Basham Trail, Vine Grove, KY 40175 • Sunday, Dec. 6th, 2015 • 1-6 pm •
For more information, check us out at http://animalrefugecenter.org or call 270-877-6064.
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Penny Edwards, Shelter Manager
The Animal Refuge Center, which hosted the dog wash, has two every year and typically has an animal blessing opportunity with one of them.
“People bring their dog and we hook up two hoses and they wash them,” Edwards said.
Dog owners could give their pet a basic wash or “the works,” which features shampoo, cologne, blow dry and nail clipping.
“It’s outside, so you have lots of room for the dogs,” said Penny Edwards, manager at Animal Refuge Center.
Dog owners also had the opportunity to have their pet blessed.
Owners were given St. Francis of Assisi — the patron saint of animals — medallions for their pets after the blessing.
“We believe they have souls,” Penny Edwards said. “Just like people get blessed, (animals) get blessed. It’s the same concept. For animal lovers who believe that animals have souls, a blessing is very appropriate.”
The blessing depends on who the clergy is, she said. Some of them are Catholic priests that bring out holy water. Others, like on Saturday, say a prayer. Charles Hinckley, a pastor at Grace Fellowship, offered the blessing.
A little more than a handful of dogs received the blessing, including Lily.
“She came from a home and is about 11 years old,” Chris Smith said. “She has some medical problems, but she’s going to have a home for the rest of her life.”
Smith said she believes in St. Francis.
“I do believe some intervention brought these animals to safe homes so they can live the rest of their lives and they didn’t end up in a kill shelter,” she said.
Smith has another dog, Gracie, that previously was blessed.
“We come every year because we are very much a supporter of the ARC,” she said. “It’s on their schedule and it’s always good to see the rest of the dogs.”
The no-kill shelter often has dogs and cats in its care for a very long time, Penny Edwards said.
“It takes a lot of fundraising because they’re with us for so long,” she said.
Volunteers or animal sponsors always are welcome at the shelter, Edwards said. Those interested can contact the shelter at 270-877-6064 or visit them at 185 Basham Trail in Vine Grove.
Any animal at the shelter can be sponsored for $10 a month, which includes a photo of the animal and its story.
Anna Taylor can be reached at 270-505-1747 or email@example.com.
Posted: 08/07/2015 4:00 AM
U.S. Army Spc. Josh Salinas and Staff Sgt. Jeffery Smith, both allergic to cats, found themselves surrounded Thursday morning by more than 125 potential feline foes.
But when one rubbed up against them or meowed at them at the Animal Refuge Center Inc. near Vine Grove, they reacted with smiles, not shudders.
“My eyes will probably poof up and I might get a rash later, but it will be worth it,” Salinas said.
The two were among eight Army Reserve soldiers, temporarily in Kentucky to support cadet training at Fort Knox, who decided to spend their free time volunteering at the shelter.
“I’ll have to take some Claritin or something after this,” Smith said, adding he would soldier on through any reactions to continue helping the instigators of his future misery.
“I used to be a drill sergeant at Fort Knox back when the Armor School was here,” he said. “So, it’s nice to give back to a community that took care of us.”
The no-kill and cageless shelter cares for more than 150 animals, including two pigs, two geese, four goats, 125 or more cats and several dogs.
Generally, it only has about three sets of hands caring for them on any given day.
“We can always use volunteers,” said Penny Edwards, president and shelter manager at the refuge, “because we have so much ground to cover.”
During the visit, the soldiers broke down an old shelf and assembled its replacement, walked dogs, helped clean, went on a pet food run and “were a huge help,” Edwards said.
Smith and Salinas have adopted dogs from shelters and said they know the challenges faced by humans and animals alike inside one.
Capt. Cheryl Abbate, whose smile grew after each meow, said the entire group planned to help at a shelter and settled on the refuge after a short search.
“Animals — dogs especially — are doing great things for the military and are an integral part of maintaining soldier welfare,” Abbate said.
The Army uses dogs for detection and policing, alongside soldiers in war and as therapy for some soldiers when they return, among other work.
She said it was nice to help the community and animals, which are often “vulnerable and overlooked.”
“And besides, who doesn’t want to come play with kitties?’’ Salinas said.
Judah Taylor can be reached at or firstname.lastname@example.org.