CANNNONSBURG The Boyd County Animal Shelter hosted the Fur Ball Gala, a fundraiser to help them continue to serve animals in the county and beyond, on Saturday.
This year’s gala was at the Boyd County Community Center, where businesses and concerned individuals came for dinner, a silent auction, live DJ and open bar. All proceeds went to the welfare of animals looking for a loving home and the spay and neuter program.
Boyd County Animal Shelter Supervisor Steve Minton said community support at events like the Fur Ball gala as well as individual donations helped ensure the shelter could continue to care for abandoned and abandoned animals.
“We get 1,500 to 3,000 animals a year,” Minton said. “And we’re doing everything we can to raise awareness that people need help with the welfare of their animals, and after COVID, some people are seeing that they’re having a hard time affording their animals.”
“We’re trying to implement a spay/neuter program where if people need to spay or neuter their animals, they can come to us and we can help them, kind of like the Humane Society does. There is no Humane Society here locally,” Minton said. “So, we’re trying to take the place of that. Everything has to eat and every animal needs care.”
“We came up with the name Fur Ball because of the animals, and basically, we’re here at this event tonight to raise money to protect the injured, bring awareness to spay/neuter, and try to change the character of the animal shelter. ” he said.
“When someone hears the words animal shelter, they think of euthanasia,” Minton said. But he said that’s not what the animal shelter is about. The shelter works in animal control, and they have been called into numerous hoarding cases, but the shelter tries to find a happy solution for lost, abandoned, or relinquished pets, including working with local and more distant rescues.
“Our purpose with Fur Ball is to raise money to become a resource for the community,” he said.
The animal shelter has a budget, but sometimes the needs of the animals exceed that budget and more is needed. Vet bills for injured or sick animals alone can quickly drain a budget, and increasing the number of animals at the shelter can also strain resources. “But we do everything we can,” Minton said. “And we want to be here as a resource for the community.”
Minton said numerous companies and individuals including the Kentucky Farm Bureau, Pat Hedrick, Earthwise and the Tin Woof Inn stepped forward and bought numerous tickets to the event to show their support. Nearly 30 local businesses also donated items to be auctioned off in the silent auction, Minton said.
The animal shelter always welcomes donations, he added, and those donations are tax deductible. “And we’re going to do Fur Ball 2 next year,” she said. “So get ready to go out next year, have fun and help the local animals.”
The Boyd County Animal Shelter regularly posts to its Facebook page, providing updates and featuring animals waiting to find their forever homes.