Every year, 2,600 animals are dropped off at the Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter. Treasurer Doug Carneal says out of that number, 25 percent of dogs and 80 percent of cats are euthanized to make room for more.
"They come in constantly," says Carneal.
Carneal says the shelter is at capacity and has been for a while.
"We make some difficult choices every day," says Carneal.
Like deciding which animals to euthanize.
"If we are full to capacity with good dogs, ones that people want to come in and adopt, then anything that's not considered first rate gets put down," says Carneal.
Carneal says, in the past, a lot of lives were saved because of a PetSmart Charities program called Rescue Waggin'. In the program, animals are taken to different shelters, so they have a better chance of being adopted. However, Carneal says the program ended last month.
"We spent probably six to eight weeks not knowing where we were headed," says Carneal.
Then, a $30,000 grant from PetSmart Charities solved the problem. Carneal says they used the money to buy a van, making their own version of a Rescue Waggin'. Carneal says every two weeks, they'll transport 20 to 30 animals to shelters in Louisville. As time goes on, he hopes to add Missouri and Indiana shelters to the list.
"It's a good reason to get excited," says Carneal.
With the new van, Piper now has a second chance at finding a family.