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With a new clinic and animal sanctuary in the works, officials at the Shelby County Humane Society determined they could not devote the time needed to continue running the No Kill Mission. Although the society still supports the mission, the time and number of volunteers just weren’t going to be available to continue to support both. But Kelly Jedlicki couldn’t stand to see that. “I’m totally dedicated to the No Kill Mission and could not see the mission be put on hold,” she said. “Once something is put on the backburner, it often loses steam and energy and is forgotten This definitely would impact the lives of animals.” So the adoptable animals that were currently getting help wouldn’t be pushed back out of the system, Jedlicki decided to make sure the animals continued to get the help they needed. But with the No Kill Mission now is on it’s own, she needed help. Jedlicki was able to get Lisa D’Annibale to build a Web site – www.shelbycountynokillmission.com -- and she noted several others locally and nationwide have helped her keep the mission alive. The Web site lists the mission’s supporters – the animal shelter, humane society, Lifebridge for Animals and Operation CatSnip locally and Woodstock Animal Foundation in Lexington -- and gives information about several programs, including the spay and neuter program and adoptions. “All animals at SCAS [animal shelter] are spayed/neutered prior to leaving the shelter,” Jedlicki said. “This vetting and all medications, emergency medical care, etc is provided by the mission thanks to donations.” The Web site is also set up to sell T-shirts and take donations, which the mission will continue to use to help keep Shelby County a No Kill County. Barbara Zekausky, CEO/CFO of the Shelbyville/Shelby County Humane Society, said her organization, which remains a No Kill facility, is looking forward to continuing to work with Jedlicki and the mission. The humane society’s doctor will continue to work at cost for the mission, she said, and the humane society’s new buildings will provide more room, helping both causes. “By continuing to offer medical services and supplies at cost, opening the new clinic and reducing the number of animals coming into the animal shelter and building our [new] adoption center allowing us to take many more SCAS dogs into our program we think we will remain the biggest supporters of the NKM in Shelby County,” Zekausky said in an E-mail. The No Kill Mission started in 2008 as a joint effort between Jedlicki, who was with the Shelby County Humane Society, and James Collins with the Shelby County Animal Shelter. Using Nathan Winograd’s No Kill Equation, the mission was formed as a branch of the humane society to help the animals at the shelter. Because the animal shelter is an open-door admission shelter, it has to accept all animals in Shelby County regardless of capacity or the needs of the animals. The humane society, on the other hand, can turn animals away according to its resources. Because only adoptable animals count toward a no kill shelter, Jedlicki and the mission looks to provide help to make sure more animals are considered adoptable. “Many open-door shelters have different definitions of adoptable,” she said. “Most open-door shelters do not consider any injured, sick or compromised animal adoptable and they will be euthanatized.” Through Winograd’s formula, more animals are treated and nursed back to health, and being considered adoptable, they are not euthanatized. Feral cats are also considered adoptable. “Unfortunately most open door shelters do not follow this line of thinking,” Jedlicki said. “This is what separates Shelby County from other shelters. Funds are raised to treat these animals and they are adopted or rescued.” Jedlicki said she’s currently in the process of filling out the paperwork for the mission to become a charitable organization, and she said the mission is still looking for donations, because its work is almost non-stop. “We’re responsible for helping all adoptable animals find homes,” she said. “If the animal is sick or injured, the NKM helps with the medical expenses and foster care so the animal can recover and be adopted. “The NKM runs, staffs and funds the bimonthly spay/neuter clinic at the [animal] shelter and helps provide supplements, vitamins and prescription food to meet the needs of all the sick or recovering animals. We also have provided all cat vaccines, all heartworm and feline leukemia test kits, medical equipment and supplies for the clinic. “Basically, if it can help an animal become adoptable, NKM tries to raise funds to do so.” Donations can be made on the Web site or mailed or dropped off with the Shelby County Animal Shelter, 266 Kentucky St. Jedlicki mentioned that the support of James Collins, Kelly Catlett, Robin Kenyon, Del Hagy and Dr. Stephanie Pollett has been instrumental in keeping the No Kill Mission running, along with numerous others.
“I could not let the mission fade,” she said.