Corbin, a town of about 7000, located in the Appalachian mountains of southeastern Kentucky, is home to Colonel Saunders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe. 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 Corbin, Kentucky. This non-profit organization provides a range of services to the area and 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 for the animals. The shelter offers programs for adoption and reduced cost spay and neuter.
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 with consideration of the animal's health, temperament, and socialization needs.
Volunteers are the cornerstone to this organization and they are welcomed with orientation classes and the opportunity to learn how to care for the animals, providing brushing, baths, and playtime to the homeless hounds.
In addition to donations, the shelter raises funds with events such as races, dinner parties, garden parties, and orientations. Schoolchildren learn of the shelter and the importance of humane compassion toward animals and make donations to the shelter, sometimes opting to make donations instead of in-class gift exchanges.
There are plenty of wagging tails at the annual Dog Walk and Run for the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter! The event is held in October in the track and field area of the Corbin High School. You can choose to enter the 5K run/walk that is timed and on a flat course. There are categories for everyone! Runners are divided into age groups from 14 and under to 65 and older. A 1 or 2 mile walk is offered for dogs and their owners that is not timed. Grab your leash and your loved ones for a healthy walk or run for a good cause!
Woo! Woof! Woo! You can take your leashed dog for a train ride to explore the area on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway! Located about 30 minutes from Corbin, you can book an excursion that starts in Stearns, Kentucky and takes you on a three hour, 14-mile trip into the Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area on the Kentucky and Tennessee Railway. Traveling past beautiful views and into a gorge, you will stop at the Blue Heron Coal Mining Camp, a National Park Service outdoor interpretive site. Other tours are available, including a seasonal Polar Express or Moonshine Tour.
The cur and fiest breeds love to hunt and are known for their special skills in treeing their game! This competition invites cur and fiest breeds from across the nation to compete for a World Champion title. Based on United Kennel Club standards, these dog-letes compete in a simulated hunting setting in which there are no guns and no game are used. Using a point system, the dogs, their handlers, and dog teams hunt for two hours and are scored for their performance, trying to make the fewest mistakes possible. Here's to the hunt with your hound!