Before Kayla Denny took up an animal shelter in Taft, Texas, nearly 100% of all the animals housed in the shelter had to be slaughtered, but that percentage soon declined thanks to the efforts of a single and enthusiastic woman. To raise this number to 0%.
Kayla left her job as an accountant to fulfill her dream of helping save animals. She has held an animal watch officer job but also works as a shelter manager.
When I first took the job, the town shelter was in ruins and had no electricity. He was in desperate need of repairs, but due to his tight budget, supplies were minimal.
As Dennis Hitt, the city manager, said, "We got what they call 'blue juice' to kill animals in a compassionate way."
Police Chief John Cornish stated that before Kayla arrived, "It was every Wednesday on the day of the murder. It was horrible."
John dreamed of the day when he could be a non-killing shelter in the city. When Kayla arrived, this dream came true.
The first thing she did was post to her Facebook profile asking for supplies and donations and not posting any negative comments. Her post spread to her home town and she was able to collect more than 800 boxes of supplies to help her change the shelter.
Kela's next step was to focus on improving the lives of the shelter animals. She decided to bring together volunteers who were willing to help with walking, playing and caring for the animals.
She also created a Facebook page to promote the adorable animals at the shelter who have been searching for their home forever. She also reached out to animators and rescuers in the area to help the animals reunite with their permanent families.
Slowly but surely the shelter began to transform. Today there is electricity and passing animals are kept in loving homes.
In less than a year Kayla managed to transform a dilapidated urban shelter with a high mortality rate into what it is today, and was able to convert the rate of destruction into 100% savings.
All her hard work definitely paid off when the Petco Foundation heard about Kayla's dedication to animals and awarded her the 2019 National Unsung Hero Award - and it comes with a prize of $ 35,000.
Instead of keeping the money, Kayla has big plans to invest more in improving the shelter.
Immediately, the woman asked close friends, co-workers, and relatives if they had any supplies to spare.
Kayla told KZTV, “I want indoor and outdoor homes with a scarf in between, so when it rains, we can put it indoors. We want a place where they can meet and greet on the pitch and somewhere where they can spend time on the lawn rather than just time to install.
They are also known to visit different neighborhoods and inspect their pets to provide support, advice and supplies to their owners.
"Here in Taft, they are starting to see that I am not here to pick up their animals and take them away. I am here to make sure that the animal is taken care of."
After receiving the Petco award, Kayla said, "You just helped me save dogs. Every dog deserves a chance, whether it's shelter or not."
“As of November 1, we have rescued 565 dogs and cats from Taft,” Denny told KZTV. This is unbelievable news. Well done, Kayla. You really are an inspiring heroine. continue like this!