Oldham Humane Society celebrates 25 years

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By Kenny Colston

The Humane Society of Oldham County is turning 25 this year and is throwing a party for the community to celebrate.

The society, which is separate from the Kentucky Humane Society and other entities, will hold the event on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2417 Hwy. 53 next door to the Cherry House Furniture Store.

The purpose of the event is two-fold, society President Michelle Culp said. The first is to celebrate the group’s birthday and growth with cake, games, prizes and more. And the second reason is to educate the community on the group, which still often gets confused.

The Humane Society of Oldham County was founded in 1986 and gained non-profit status three years later, Culp said. But it still often gets linked with the Oldham County Animal Shelter or the Kentucky Humane Society, despite having no ties to either.

“Everyone mixes us up with the Kentucky Humane Society, but we get no funding from them,” Culp said. “We aren’t satellites. We’re also not with the animal shelter. We often have to tell people what we’re not.”

Donations to the local humane society will be welcome at the celebration, but not required. And of course, adoptions would be welcome as well, she said. But Culp encouraged people to donate directly to the Humane Society of Oldham County because donations to the Kentucky group or others don’t “filter down” to the local group.

Jo Jacovino, cat adoption coordinator for the society, said the goal of the birthday event is to make that distinction.

“We’d like to get the word out, we’re here and we’re about responsible pet ownership,” she said. “And we have a lot of cats that really need adopting.”

The Oldham County group was originally founded to help the county shelter and build a new shelter decades ago. Once that mission was accomplished, the society’s board considered dissolving itself, Culp said. But instead of dissolving, in 2004 the group re-thought its mission to focus on spray and neutering of pets, as well as turning the county into a “no-kill” county.

“Our mission is to provide humane treatment of animals in Oldham County,” Culp said.

That includes dog and cat adoptions, as well as affordable spray and neuter services at their location on Highway 53. The next project for the group is its own building, it currently leases from Cherry House, because it needs more space to have on-site dog adoptions, Culp said.

“We’re hoping to buy our own building and our own shelter,” she said.

Lisann Mikan, the dog adoption coordinator, said the society may turn the birthday party into an annual event, if it proves to be popular.

“It’s free, it’s for kids, it’s not your typical humane society event,” she said.

And whether or not any animals are adopted or donations made, Mikan said the party should help reflect on the past and point toward the future.

“I think it’s worth celebrating,” she said. “We’re been through quite a lot in 25 years… but part of it is where are going in the next 25 years.”

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