Some residents refuse to go to shelters if they can’t take pets
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 29, 2015) — Lexington has new trailers to provide temporary shelters for pets during a community emergency, Mayor Jim Gray announced today.
“As we’ve seen in other communities, many people refuse to leave their homes for a shelter during emergencies because shelters usually cannot accommodate pets. That can be dangerous,” Gray said. “Now, Lexington has two trailers to provide temporary shelter for dogs and cats during a declared emergency.”
During a declared emergency, staff and volunteers from the Division of Emergency Management, the Lexington Humane Society and Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control will set up shelters, as needed.
The newest trailer is a portable kennel, with individual cages for 40 small- to medium-size pets. Powered with its own generator, the 26-foot trailer is heated and air conditioned. It also has an onboard water supply and sink. The heavy-duty trailer is designed so the kennels can be easily washed and sanitized after use. A holding tank allows for proper disposal of waste water.
Outside of emergency use, the trailers will be used by the Lexington Humane Society and Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control, when needed. The Lexington Humane Society will also utilize the trailer for large adoption events.