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“While We Have Time, Let Us Do Good.” –St. Francis of Assisi

Finding Forever Homes for Pets in Hardin County, Kentucky Since July 29, 1989.

By Penny Edwards, on August 29th, 2016 11:47 am

2016 is turning out to be a landmark year for change. We’ve always concentrated most of our efforts toward caring for and finding forever homes for as many animals at ARC as possible. While this is still our primary focus, we’re branching out with other efforts, helping even more animals in need than ever before.

bfas-main-logo-mobileLast year, after the Best Friends National Conference, we decided that in order to make the most impact on our community, we would have to diversify our services.

Best Friends is the largest no-kill sanctuary in the world, and it’s easy to sum up their philosophy in just three simple words: “Save Them All.” In order for the USA to become a no-kill nation, Best Friends advises and empowers other shelters and rescue organizations to work together. With that in mind, the Animal Refuge Center has reached out to our local Hardin County Animal Shelter to pull cats and dogs in high risk of euthanasia. Since April 2016, we have pulled 24 cats and kittens, and 4 dogs that were in danger of being euthanized.

hardinco-mapOur ultimate objective, along with other organizations like the Hardin County Animal Shelter, Friends of Hardin County Animal Shelter and Forever Homes For Paws, is to make this entire community no-kill. We have to work together in order to achieve this enormous goal.

In the last issue of our newsletter, we told you “Cookie’s Story”, and how deeply it affected us. Since that time, we have trapped and neutered two members of Cookie’s family (Nestle and Sylvester), and we hope to trap, neuter and release the rest very soon.

Nestle-1Along with Cookie’s family, we helped two cats behind a business in Radcliff, and a couple of kitties in Vine Grove were trapped, neutered and released to become barn cats at a local farm. This program is up and running, but we are just beginning, and we have a long way to go. It takes donations to Cookie’s Legacy in order to fully implement this program. Some of you have given extra donations to Cookie’s Fund, but we’re still behind in our fundraising goals for this important program.

cookies-legacy-paypalWe were able to raise several hundred dollars for our Labrador, Jake, when he needed surgery. Even though the Community Cats of Hardin County are mostly quiet and unseen, they still deserve and need our help as desperately as a cute Labrador. We want to take a moment to thank all of you that have made extra donations toward Cookie’s Legacy. If you have not yet donated toward this worthy cause, please take a moment to give a little for those that can’t speak for themselves.

We have several upcoming events which will help with all our efforts, including Cookie’s Legacy. We have a benefit concert coming up on Sept. 23rd. Emily West from America’s Got Talent was Season 9 Finalist, and she has agreed to sing at a concert to benefit the Animal Refuge Center at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown. You can find more details on this page, also archived below.

The Glendale Crossing Festival is on October 15th, which is also usually successful.
According to Best Friends, there are three major things that keep us from becoming a No-Kill nation:
1. The Community Cat (feral cat) problem
2. Breed-specific legislation
3. Puppy mills: people shopping, not adopting

ARC is working on the first item on the list. Trapping, Neutering and Releasing (TNR) cats is the only answer for saving lives. We’re working toward a better world for them.
Thankfully, the second on the list—Breed-specific legislation—is not really a problem in our community. There are cities like Cincinnati that don’t allow Pit Bulls or Pit mixes within city limits. Fortunately our area doesn’t have such laws and our shelters work diligently to find Pit Bulls homes. Their breed doesn’t mark them for an automatic death sentence like in other parts of the country.
The third item on the list, Puppy mills, is being fought in different parts of the US, and is becoming a growing problem in Hardin County. Something that all of us can do is adopt instead of shopping for your pet, and report neglect and abuse of animals, especially with the growing numbers of backyard breeders out there.
We are widening our scope of services, and from what I can tell, it couldn’t have come at a better time. The amount of animals needing help this year is at an all-time high.
Here’s to saving lives…one little life at a time.
–Penny Edwards

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Is Spaying And Neutering Pets A Sin?

I saw the need for this article and dialogue after recently discussing spay and neuter with a local person who wanted to get their cat spayed, yet refused to spay their cat on religious grounds … she was pregnant. They did not believe in abortion for ANY reason. And THEN a few weeks later they asked the Animal Refuge Center to take the 7 kittens that could have been prevented.…

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Join Us For the 56th Annual Kentuckiana Championship Cat Show!

56th Annual Championship Show             Kentucky Exposition Center, West Hall A 937 Phillips Lane Louisville, KY September 2-3, 2017 9:00am – 4:00pm Continuous judging both days Admission: $3.00   Adults $2.00   Seniors and children under 12 $10.00  Family (2 adults and any number of children) Children under 6 admitted free   For complete show information visit Kentuckiana Cat Club’s Website For information on showing your cat for the first time Your First…

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Help FOHCAS Support Larue County Rescue

Friends of Hardin County Animal Shelter is raising money to provide vetting and spay/neuter surgery for the 30 LaRue County dogs rescued from an unfortunate situation late last week. The FOHCAS Medical Fund provides sick and injured shelter pets a second chance, and these dogs are some of the most deserving. All dogs are responding well but must be vetted before finding new homes. The shelter staff and FOHCAS has…

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Patrick Bergman Visitation

We wanted to give everyone an update and let you know how we are doing so far. Thanks and deepest gratitude to all who have helped us with this memorial fundraiser. We still have a way to go to cover the cost of this expense, but we are hoping to make a final push and meet the cost for the Bergman family. His family has supplied information for the Visitation…

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Patrick Bergman Memorial Fund: 2003-2017

The loss of a teenager is a life event that no parent wishes to go through in their lifetime. That loss, as well as shock, grief, and coming to grips with an endless horizon of hopes and dreams unrealized going up in a horrifying puff of smoke has a huge impact on both family and friends alike. Today we, family and friends of Patrick Bergman, are coming to grips with…

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January Is National Train Your Dog Month!

By Juliana Weiss-Roessler Having a trained dog isn’t the same as having a balanced dog, but if your dog knows a few basic commands, it can be helpful when tackling problem behaviors — existing ones or those that may develop in the future. So where do you start with dog obedience training? You could take a class, but it’s not necessary; you can do it yourself. In fact, with the…

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Pet of the Week – Nala: Special Needs

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Good Mews Monday

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ARC Thanks Caitlin Lane!

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Vine Grove Family Dollar Announces Successful Angel Tree Season!

Assistant Manager Dodie Welch of the Vine Grove Family Dollar was thrilled to announce yesterday that ALL the pet angels on our Angel Tree had been claimed! Dodie, pictured at right, proudly shows off the tree now empty of angels. Generous patrons and customers, as well as many of the Family Dollar employees, all pitched in to claim an ornament with a picture and name of a homeless ARC pet,…

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Support Our Angel Tree Businesses!

The SEASON OF GIVING is upon us once again! After more than 25 years of saving lives in Hardin County, we never fail to be touched by the generosity of our community all throughout the year. As everyone involved in animal rescue knows, Need knows NO season, but that special outpouring of love and support we get each and every year fills us with joy, and hope that the coming…

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Animal Refuge Center Awarded Grant From Petfinder!

ANIMAL REFUGE CENTER AWARDED $10,000 GRANT AS PART OF $250,000 DONATION FROM PETFINDER TO CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY  Local Animal Refuge Center, Inc. one of 25 organizations nationwide to receive a donation from Petfinder to celebrate its 20th anniversary and 25 million pet adoptions PRESS RELEASE (December 7, 2016) – Petfinder, the nation’s leading resource for pet adoption, announced in November that Animal Refuge Center, Inc. is one of 25 shelter…

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Holiday Raffles and Events at ARC!

The holidays are upon us!!! After one of the busiest years in our memory, it’s time now to take a deep breath and reflect on everything we are thankful for, express our love and gratitude for family and friends, and look to the future. Our holiday custom at the Animal Refuge Center has always been to host some great raffles to raise money for homeless pets! OHMIGOSH you will NOT…

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Good Mews Monday – October 31, 2016

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Costumed Canines Enjoy Halloween Event

Greg Thompson Posted: 10/24/2016 3:00 AM Wagging tails and a barking chorus greeted pet owners and animal lovers Saturday at Playful Paws in Radcliff. Dogs of various breeds and sizes came donned for the spooky season dressed in an array of costumes for the Pup-Tacular Harvest Celebration. Visitors saw a patrol dog, then there was Leo, a 5-month-old German Shepherd, who came as Tony Bark’s alter ego Iron Dog, a…

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Friends group, pet advocates join forces for spay, neuter efforts

By The News-Enterprise Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 1:53 am (Updated: September 28, 2:00 am) Two local spay and neuter programs have joined forces to battle Hardin County’s pet overpopulation. Friends of Hardin County Animal Shelter, also known as FOHCAS, has merged its Spay/Neuter Assistance Program with Hardin County Pet Protection’s Pet Pros Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic. The clinic now will be known as the Pet Pros/FOHCAS Spay and Neuter…

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Animal control director takes position in Louisville

BREAKING NEWS! Jerry Foley to become assistant director of city’s Metro Animal Services By Emma Kennedy Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 4:00 am (Updated: September 28, 4:00 am) One of Hardin County’s most prominent animal advocates will leave for Jefferson County next week to continue his career. Aside from about a one-year hiatus, Jerry Foley has been the director of Hardin County’s animal control department since 1987. On Tuesday, he…

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Medical Fundraiser

[wpch_thermometer id=”2324″] Because sometimes pets arrive here needing crucial help they won’t get on the streets, Sierra and Dolly made their way to the Animal Refuge Center in desperate need of help. Sierra has heartworms. Dolly had serious and life-threatening mastitis complications after giving birth to a litter of kittens. The treatment for both of these amazing and wonderful pets is considerable. Would you give a little to provide for…

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Paws For Yoga-Reiki Healing Weekend Update!

If you were not able to join us for that peaceful one hour yoga class and a one hour Reiki healing session to get your Labor Day off to a stellar start, you missed a fantastic day of sunshine, fresh air and good times! Registered Yoga Teachers Lorene Fowler and Shellie Crow brought everyone together at 9 am for a peaceful one hour long yoga class to get all that…

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Cookie’s Legacy: Call To Action-Your Help Is Needed To Save Lives

The Need Has Never Been More Urgent “I mean to do something grand. I don’t know what, yet; but when I’m grown up I shall find out. Perhaps, it will be rowing out in boats, and saving peoples’ lives, like that girl in the book. Or perhaps I shall go and nurse in the hospital, like Miss Nightingale. Or else I’ll head a crusade and ride on a white horse,…

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Great Weekend At The Kentuckiana Championship Cat Show!

ARC’s Good Mews Monday We spent the weekend before last at the Kentuckiana Cat Show at the Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. It was our 3rd year in a row being invited and we always have a great time and have been fortunate to find some of our kitties their forever homes. This year was no different as four of our sweet male kitties were adopted! We always have…

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How you can help Petfinder & Animal Refuge Center, Inc. find forever homes for pets in Hardin County, Kentucky!

Hi, ARC Friends, DID YOU KNOW? With our username, KY27, the Animal Refuge Center was one of THE VERY FIRST animal shelters to sign on and promote their pets for adoption online at Petfinder.com in 1996! Since 1996, Petfinder has helped facilitate more than 25 million pet adoptions through nearly 13,000 shelter and rescue organizations – one of which is The Animal Refuge Center! To celebrate its two decades of…

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Paws For Yoga and Reiki Healing Getaway!

Paws For Yoga and Reiki Healing Getaway!

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August Events Update

  Notes From the Editor: Summertime is in full swing here at the Animal Refuge Center! 2016 has felt like a signature year for the pet overpopulation problem, as various groups throughout Hardin County take to social media: Breeders are hawking and selling pets in full force, pet forums are full of Free To Good Home pets, and animal welfare groups are forced to hustle harder now than ever to…

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Happy Tails for July!

Happy Tails! We love to share Happy Tails of the pets adopted from the Animal Refuge Center, whether it’s news of a new adoption or stories from the families in their new home. Stay in touch with ALL our Happy Tails on our Facebook page!

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Help Homeless Pets By Using ResQWalk!

My name is Pam Harrison and I am Marketing Director at the Animal Refuge Center. As you know, Pokemon has been taking over the world. What you might not know is that the app’s popularity is benefiting rescues like ours! While catching Pokemon, our supporters are simultaneously using ResQwalk – a free mobile app that enables people to earn money for rescues like ours. Joining in is easy! 1. Download…

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2014 America’s Got Talent Finalist Emily West to Perform Benefit For Animal Refuge Center

Counting Down The Days!!! We are 9 days out from the performance of Emily West at Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown! Do you have your tickets yet?? Grab yours now before they are all sold out! https://goo.gl/l1QO6F American Country Music sensation Emily West has committed to come perform a benefit concert for The Animal Refuge Center at the Historic State Theater! The event poster for the venue is underway. More…

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NOW Is The Time To Spay and Neuter!

NOW is the time to spay/neuter your cats! Help us make kitten season a non-event – – or at least less of an event. If you turned in kittens to the shelter in the last year and kept the mother cat, you are eligible to have the mother cat spayed at NO charge. If this is you, please call 502-437-4227 and leave your name and number so we can get…

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Paws United Pet Expo, April 16, 2016

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Organizations pool resources to assist local animal refuge

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 3:00 am (Updated: April 6, 3:00 am) Staff and volunteers at Vine Grove Animal Refuge spent most of their day Tuesday unloading a ton of donated food — literally. It’s the eighth year the organization has benefited from a donation of 2,000 pounds of pet food from four organizations in Hardin County — Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance, Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Credit Mid-America and Southern…

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Support The Animal Refuge Center on Giving Tuesday!

The holiday season is upon us, and thoughts turn from the hustle and bustle of the season to help those in need. Giving Tuesday, otherwise known as #GivingTuesday on the internet for purposes of hashtag activism, refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create a national day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. Giving Tuesday was…

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Come To The ARC Christmas Party!

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…

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Animal Shelter Bathes, Blesses Furry Friends

By Anna Taylor Monday, August 17, 2015 at 3:15 am (Updated: August 17, 3:30 am) Dogs of various breeds, shapes and sizes were treated Saturday to soap and suds at Freeman Lake Park. “We’re raising money for the animals,” said Inge Edwards, Animal Refuge Center volunteer. The Animal Refuge Center, which hosted the dog wash, has two every year and typically has an animal blessing opportunity with one of them.…

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Reservists fight allergies, help animals

Posted:  08/07/2015 4:00 AM From The News Enterprise 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…

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