Nestled in the rolling Appalachian mountains of southeastern Kentucky, Barbourville is the county seat of Knox County and home to Union College. The counties of Knox, Whitley, McCreary, and Clay share in the care of needy animals at the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter. The shelter was started in 1997 and is located in the nearby city of Corbin, Kentucky.
This non-profit organization provides a range of services to the area that is smartly scaled to the rural communities through partnerships with veterinarians, rescues, and shelter programs across Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. Educational outreach programs are offered to rescue partnerships as well as mobile adoption events to help find fur-ever homes. The shelter offers programs for adoption and reduced cost spay and neuter operations.
Pet-tencial owners have many opportunities to fall in love by visiting the shelter, logging into Facebook, or checking with local papers, that includes the "Times Tribune" in the Around Town section of the paper and the "News Journal" in Wednesday's paper. Placements are made to homes after consideration of the animal's health, temperament, and socialization needs. Volunteers are the cornerstone of this organization and they are welcomed with orientation classes to help them learn how to care for the animals, providing playtime, brushing, and baths to homeless hounds.
In addition to donations, the shelter raises funds with events such as races, dinner parties, garden parties, and opening the door to the community for orientations.
Dr Thomas Walker, the first frontiersman in Kentucky, was a medical doctor who speculated in land. In 1750, he traveled to the area from Virginia, named the Cumberland Gap and built a log cabin near to the rushing river (that he named the Cumberland River). Located six miles southeast of Barbourville, he is remembered at the state park in his name. Dogs on leash are welcome to join their owners in the exploration of the lovely "bark". There are a gift shop and museum with limited hours from April through October. The park is open all year. Enjoy the beauty of the seasons and visit the replica of his log cabin!