MEADE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Hundreds of dogs and cats, displaced by severe weather in Florida and Alabama, have made their way through the Meade County Fairgrounds in Kentucky.
The fair has become a holding spot for the animals while they wait to be taken to foster homes or adopted.
In total, about 200 dogs and 300-400 cats have come through the fairgrounds, according to Kelly Basham, who does field operations for Guardians of the Rescue.
The operation was organized by the group, Guardians of Rescue.
After the animals were transported to the fairgrounds, staff put out a call for all 501 c3 rescue groups to come and take as many animals as they could.
One of those groups was Lucky Tales Rescue.
President Laura Morgan said she was shocked to see how many animals needed help when she arrived in Meade County.
"When we got there we know that we had kind of a bigger deal to deal with down there, and so we then put out calls and stuff to different fosters and then another friend, Tracy, came down with her van and she had it full of crates," Morgan said.
In total, they loaded up eight dogs and 11 cats and kittens and started heading to a foster home. However, on the way there they heard a squeak coming from the back.
A 2-year-old dog, named Cargo, was giving birth in the back of the car. She eventually had a total of five puppies.
"All healthy," Morgan said. "All really good puppies. They're all eating and doing everything normally so nobody was lethargic or needed any help so they did really good."
Once Morgan reached the foster home, several other foster parents arrived to take some of the animals into their care.
The animals are now awaiting adoption. If you would like to adopt an animal from Lucky Tales Rescue, visit their website. You can also learn about fostering here.
If you would like to donate to the organization you can do so below:
Anyone near Meade County can also directly adopt from the fairgrounds by stopping by and inquiring about the animals. The need to clear the animals out of the fairgrounds is urgent since more from Florida are coming to Kentucky.
More information on the animals rescued from the coast and currently in foster homes and waiting for adoption can be foundhere.