animal-shelterFLORENCE – Hedgehogs can be a problem. They are a bit prickly to handle.

Cats can be a problem, too. They tend to proliferate.

That’s the assessment of Colleen Bray, field sergeant for the Boone County Animal Shelter in Burlington.

“Cats are our biggest challenge, especially in the spring and summer,” Bray said. “We get kittens all year long.”

Bray spoke to the Florence Rotary Club on Monday, November 7, about the work of the shelter and help of volunteers in the effort to find homes for cats, dogs and other animals brought there. The animal control team she leads responded to more than 3,500 calls and rescued more than 1,110 animals last year, according to the shelter’s website.

The shelter took in 243 animals last month. “Foster parent” volunteers provide space in their homes temporarily to house those not old enough for adoption. For example, puppies or kittens in a litter are fostered until they are ten weeks old and weigh two pounds.

Foster parents also may house animals recovering from minor ailments or surgery, and animals struggling to adapt to the shelter environment before they are made available for adoption.

“It’s a stressful place for animals” at first, Bray said. “It’s loud. They’re in close quarters. They need some socialization skills.”

The shelter stages a number of promotions in connection with county schools and community events to encourage people to adopt animals from the shelter. For example, Adoption Waggin’ teams take animals to public events throughout Boone County, sometimes making as many as three stops a week.

The shelter typically keeps cats and dogs 1-3 days before taking them out into the community, according to Bray. The hardest to place are older dogs because “they don’t show as well,” she said.

Volunteers lead the Adoption Waggin’ teams and several fund-raising activities. Some also help out in the shelter with chores ranging from working in the office to taking pictures for the web site to exercising the animals. Shelter staff provide classroom and hands-on training for volunteers.

“We need volunteers for everything from desk work to walking dogs to foster parenting,” Bray said.



The Ghosts of Boone County

October 31, 2016

Bridget Striker, Local History Coordinator Boone County Public Library, spoke about ghosts in Boone County. The Local History Department does a lot of genealogy research, including house and property genealogy.   They receive a lot of questions about “who died in my house or on my property.”  From these questions an idea was born—Ghost Walks of […]

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U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie Visits Florence Rotary

October 25, 2016

FLORENCE – U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky) believes elimination of omnibus funding bills would help break the frequent budget gridlocks in Congress. To meet the September 30 deadline for funding the government, lawmakers in recent years have lumped proposed appropriations from 12 subcommittees into a single bill. Congress also has passed continuing resolutions that keep […]

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Everything But The House Visits Florence Rotary

October 17, 2016

FLORENCE – How can you attract half a million potential buyers to your estate auction? Move it online … everything except the house, that is. That’s the premise behind a Cincinnati-based business named (you guessed it!) Everything But The House (EBTH) that has turned traditional estate sales into a virtual auction with the reach and […]

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Mayor Whalen Updates Rotarians

October 3, 2016

FLORENCE – The city of Florence continues to see small and large investments in commercial and residential development, according to Mayor Diane Whalen. Florence has grown into the eighth largest city in Kentucky in recent years with a current population of 32,000 residents. More than 100,000 people a day come to the city to work, […]

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Judge Moore Updates Rotarians

September 27, 2016

FLORENCE – Corporate growth isn’t the most important indicator of the health of Boone County to Judge-Executive Gary Moore. It’s the quality of the growth that matters to him. “We want to ensure the growth is adding to the quality of life in the community, not just putting more pressure on roads and infrastructure,” he said. […]

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Dinsmore History Visits Rotarians

September 7, 2016

FLORENCE – When people ask Barbara Bardes what period of history the Dinsmore Homestead in Burlington depicts, she says “150 years.” Visitors to the home, built in 1842, will find an accumulation of personal possessions, household goods and letters accumulated by the Dinsmore family over the century and a half the single family owned the […]

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NKU Coach Whitaker Charts Course for Women’s Division I Tournament

August 30, 2016

FLORENCE – Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball coach Camryn Whitaker believes a berth in the NCAA Division I postseason tournament is within reach in the Norse’s first year of eligibility. “We’ve set our goals high, and I have high expectations,” Whitaker said. “They’re not unrealistic goals. We’re not rebuilding. We have what it takes to […]

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Jeannine Kreinbrink Brings Civil War History to Rotarians

August 16, 2016

FLORENCE – If you happen upon a long trench or a U-shaped mound atop a hillside in Northern Kentucky, you may have stumbled upon hallowed historical ground, according to Jeannine Kreinbrink. The Union army built an eight-mile arc of defensive fortifications across Northern Kentucky in September 1862 to block Confederate troops marching toward Cincinnati. The […]

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Interact Students Share Dominican Republic Experience

August 8, 2016

FLORENCE – Last year, the video produced by the Interact Club of Boone County to document a trip to the Dominican Republic highlighted the students’ activities. This year, their video focused on the people they helped … and their smiles. “This trip was just as amazing as the first time,” said Alex King, who returned […]

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