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Local animal rescue group takes in four dogs ahead of planned euthanization

Some Facebook posts may have saved the pups
Local animal rescue group takes in four dogs ahead of planned euthanization
Posted at 2:15 PM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 14:18:19-04

CINCINNATI -- Four dogs will not be euthanized thanks to a local animal rescue group that stepped in to rescue the animals from another shelter.

On Monday, The Estill County Animal Shelter in Ravenna, Ky. -- located southeast of Lexington -- posted to Facebook that it would have to euthanize as many as 40 cats and kittens because there wasn’t enough space for them.

The shelter also posted that it was over capacity for dogs and set a euthanization date for Thursday.

A few hours later, the Kentucky animal shelter shared an encouraging update. The “euth date” was canceled for cats and kittens, but there were still four to five too many dogs:

The Estill County Animal Shelter later canceled the euthanization date for all of its animals, thanks in part to the local rescue organization, HART of Cincinnati Animal Rescue.

HART Cincinnati answered the call. On Thursday it announced that four new beauties from Estill County are now HART family members:

HART Cincinnati is a foster-based rescue, according to dog foster and volunteer Shari Wyenandt. There is no building. All of the HART animals, including about 20 dogs, are in foster homes.

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Wyenandt told WCPO, that too many shelters are at capacity, and even some “no-kill” shelters have considered euthanizing some animals to keep up with demand.

Wyenandt said HART Cincinnati’s four newest additions -- Sycamore, Claire, Chase and Ava -- may be up for adoption in a few days. They will be neutered, spayed, tested for heartworm, microchipped and fully vaccinated.

The Estill County Animal Shelter thanked everyone Wednesday who assisted in finding homes for all the cats and dogs.

Wyenandt said HART Cincinnati could always use more foster homes to rescue more animals.

If you’re interested in learning how to become a foster for HART of Cincinnati Animal Rescue, or how to donate to the organization, visit You can also check out the pets that are currently up for adoption.