An animal shelter in Taft, Texas had to euthanize their animals every week. Denny turned the situation around in just a year with absolutely no support system.
A shelter in Texas, where every Wednesday was a kill day has now gone from being a slaughterhouse (of sorts) to a doting animal shelter. Kayla Denney, an animal control supervisor from Taft, Texas, is solely responsible for this complete makeover. According to People, Denny has brought down the kill rate of animals from 100% to nil. She has won the Petco Foundation’s Unsung Hero Award for her work at the animal shelter, according to a report by KZTV. She accomplished this feat in just a year.
Kayla Denney has won the 2019 Petco Foundation Unsung Hero award for taking her local shelter from an almost 100% kill rate to zero https://t.co/KOkuB3ebOK— CNN (@CNN) November 8, 2019
It is understood that she took charge of the shelter last year in November. Since then, no animals have been euthanized and all of them have found their forever homes. “As of November 1st, we have saved 565 dogs and cats out of Taft,” Denney told KZTV. “The shelter was a real mess,” John Cornish, the Taft Chief of Police, said in a video published by the Petco Foundation. “Every Wednesday was a kill day. It was horrible.”
However, it was a hard struggle. “The shelter looked like a very hot mess,” Denney added. “I didn’t have any support systems set up, there’s no volunteers here, we didn’t have a Facebook page.” Taking charge of the situation, she took to her personal social media to reach out to her friends hoping that they will lend a helping hand.
Kayla Denney has devoted her career to saving every dog’s life that she can, and for that she's being awarded Petco's 2019 National "Unsung Hero" Award. https://t.co/QCm0cveKkj— Arizona Daily Star (@TucsonStar) November 7, 2019
It wasn't long before some donations and volunteers made their way. She used them to buy supplies for the shelter. It is reported that she ordered "over 800 boxes" of supplies for the animals. She went the extra mile to ensure that the volunteers keps the animals entertained as well. “She goes out of her way to help the animals,” Cornish said in the video. “And anything she can do for them, she will find a way to get it done.”
Kayla Denney recently won the Petco Foundation's Unsung Hero awardhttps://t.co/GdCmH5nnXB— People Pets (@PEOPLEPets) November 8, 2019
Along with the Petco Foundation’s award, she also won $10,000 for making it to the top five. She also received an additional $25,000 when she won the award. It has been reported that she will fly to San Diego, California, to accept her award, on Monday. “There are thousands of applicants, I didn’t know I was nominated,” she told KZTV of finding out she had won. “It still just blows my mind that that’s still a thing.”
Within five months, Kayla Denney brought the kill rate from 100 percent down to zero.https://t.co/YmuITIJueU— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) November 7, 2019
This money will be used for the shelter. “It’s an older shelter and it’s run down,” she explained. “We got lights thanks to a donor who put in electricity for us, but I want indoor-outdoor kennels with a guillotine in between so when it’s raining we can put them inside.” She then added, “We want an area where they can have meet and greet out in the field and somewhere they can have grass time rather than just cement time.”
We need more people like Kayla Denney in the world. She left her job as an accountant to pursue her passion for #animals & is being awarded $35,000 after bringing her animal shelter's kill rate from 100% to zero, saving 565 #dogs and #cats in one year https://t.co/vob5L7z4NH— Paul Schlesinger (@PMSchlesinger) November 7, 2019