LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Sensing his love for animals, chihuahua mix Reba tenderly nuzzled her head into the nape of Jimmy Morrow’s neck.
Then, she turned and tenderly licked his hand that held her small body cradled in his arms, demonstrating her trust in his kindness.
The touching scene between the shelter dog and the Somerset resident was the peak of the day at London’s Tractor Supply on Saturday as the Friends of Laurel County Animal Shelter launched a pet adoption day event.
Reba was one of two adoptions made on Saturday through the event that brought out volunteers and animals from the Laurel County shelter in a rescue mission to find good homes for unwanted animals.
Nearly a dozen dogs of mixed breeds were featured at the event, which was held inside the store due to inclement weather early Saturday morning. The puppies at Saturday’s event ranged from small to medium sized dogs, and offered a variety of mixed breeds, from Pekingese to Beagle.
Lana Smith, rescue coordinator for the Laurel County Animal Shelter, said the effort was to find homes for the many puppies and dogs at the shelter, rather than euthanization for unclaimed pets.
The rescue volunteers often serve as “foster” homes for the animals, which Smith said, is one means the organization uses to adopt out pets to good families. Adoptions for animals at the shelter cost $100 for dogs and $65 for cats and includes all shots, worming, and spaying or neutering.
Morrow and his wife, Lisa, visited Tractor Supply on Saturday and Morrow immediately picked up the part chihuahua mix and held her throughout their talk with Friends of the Laurel County Animal Shelter volunteers.
“He picks up every stray animal he finds and brings it home,” said his wife. “He loves animals and takes care of all of them.”
“You’re going home with us,” Jimmy said as Reba once again attempted to lick his hand.
For Smith and other volunteer rescue workers, seeing the love that the Morrows showed for the abandoned animal was enlightening.
“This made my day,” said another volunteer. “He held Reba the entire time he was here.”
Three puppies in a cage brought squeals of laughter from Mylee Southard, who was present at the store with her father and sister. She gingerly held Kyan, a feisty black terrier mix, while her sister Leaha held Phoebe, a brown and white terrier mix.
The Friends of the Laurel County Animal Shelter operate on donations of food and supplies to offset the expenses for the local shelter and volunteer their time to find homes for the animals housed at the Ky. 229 facility.
“We have lots of dogs right now, but all the cats have been adopted out,” Smith said. “We take donations for the puppy shots, wormer, food and other items needed to care for the pets.”
Last week, one of the foster puppies housed at the local shelter was flown out to an adoptive family out of state. This is one of the newest ventures of the animal rescue group based in London.
The Laurel County Animal Shelter is open on Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.