Peaceful Paws expanding with grant money
On a sprawling 47-acre farm in the mountains of Estill County, four friends find themselves expanding an animal rescue program more and more each day.
Cheryl Fling, Elise Zelnicker, Terri Valenti and Jan Snugden founded Peaceful Paws Springs (PPS) on Pitts Road in Ravenna several years ago, and thanks to $75,000 in grant money and additional donations, have been able to expand the operation to better serve the animals in need.
Over the weekend the friends celebrated the grand opening of Peaceful Paws and a donation of $10,000 that will be used to finish renovations to buildings on the property.
The most recent donation came from JP Morgan Chase Bank.
The money hasn’t arrived yet, but in the minds of the friends, it’s already been spent.
It will be used to put fencing outside a building used to house cats that need homes and to finish a building to house dogs.
There are currently between 50 and 60 cats and 10 dogs on the property. Some of the animals are personal pets, including all of the dogs, and others are in need of loving homes.
“Right now we don’t have anywhere to keep dogs,” Fling said.
The money will complete a brick structure on the property with cages on the inside and a fence surrounding it so the dogs can get some fresh air, sunshine and a little exercise while waiting to be adopted.
PPS is non-profit, no-kill sanctuary that operates entirely off of grant money and donations of any kind.
There is no charge for adopting an animal from the shelter. The friends only ask for a donation, if possible.
“We don’t want to charge people for these pets,” Fling said. “Some people can afford to take care of an animal at their home but don’t have the extra large sum of money it takes to adopt a pet.”
At PPS all of the pets are spayed or neutered and checked out by a veterinarian before being adopted. They are also sent home with everything needed to get the per started and adjusted to a new home comfortably.
PPS accepts donations of any kind: monetary, old blankets, stuffed animals or other toys for the pets, crushed cans, paper towels, cleaning supplies, litter boxes, food, litter, etc.
For more information about Peaceful Paws Springs, visit their website at peacefulpawsprings.org or contact the organization on Facebook.