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Second annual Kayaks for K9's helps shelters near Red River Gorge

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Posted at 5:31 PM, Aug 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-24 17:31:12-04

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — An event to raise awareness for no-kill animal shelters in the Red River Gorge brought people out to Red River Adventure on Saturday.

Families spent time in the water and got to check out adoptable dogs at the second annual Kayaks for K-9's.

Danielle Braden started the organization with her husband and their rescue dogs last year.

“We had them in our wedding and we just fell in love with our dogs. If it wasn't for them, we never would have met,” said Danielle Braden.

They also own Red River Adventure at the gorge, and this weekend, they aren't just offering boat rentals.

“There is a lot of dog dumping in the gorge and a lot of rescues that need homes. So what we do is everybody who brings donations of supplies gets a discount off their boat rental,” said Braden.

The two-day event raises awareness for the three no-kill animal shelters in the gorge, and they're collecting items to keep them up and running.

Along with food, entertainment and water adventures, some pretty special dogs without homes will be shown off in the pups pageant.

“It's also for the rescue animals to go through and people can see them and get to know the animal up on the stage, talk about them, and give them a little bit more publicity,” said Braden.

Diana McGuire from the Menifee County Animal Shelter said it's difficult to remain a no-kill shelter, but they wouldn't have it any other way.

“You obviously have to take the animals from the county and if you get full, it's a dangerous thing. We work with other rescues out of state and that's really the only way to do it,” said McGuire.