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How does Kentucky rank in the nation for its companion animal welfare laws??

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Yes that's right.... KY has been and continues to be the very last in the nation to have laws that protect our companion animals.

Go to to learn more or read the 2016 state ranking at this link:

Educate yourself about the lack of animal welfare laws in KY and contact your legislators and let them know this is unacceptable!

Nothing will change unless we all get involved and be their voices!


Here's a preview of why Kentucky is and has ALWAYS been ranked the worst state in the nation:


  • Felony provisions available only for cruelty and fighting, both against only select animals

  • No felony provisions for neglect or abandonment Inadequate definitions/standards of basic care

  • No increased penalties when abuse is committed in the presence of a minor or involves multiple animals

  • No mental health evaluations or counseling for offenders

  • No statutory authority to allowprotective orders to include animals

  • No cost mitigation or recovery provisions for impounded animals

  • No court‐ordered forfeiture provisions

  • No restrictions on future ownership or possession of animals following a conviction

  • No provisions for select non‐animal‐related agencies/professionals to report suspected animal abuse

  • Veterinarians are prohibited from reporting suspected cruelty or fighting

  • Humane officers lack broad law enforcement authority

  • No provisions for sexual assault

  • Inadequate animal fighting provisions




What is TNR?


Trap-Neuter-Return, commonly referred to as "TNR," is the only method proven to be humane and effective at controlling feral cat population growth. Using this technique, all the feral cats in a colony are trapped, neutered and then returned to their territory where caretakers provide them with regular food, water, shelter and health monitoring. When resources are available, tame cats and kittens are placed in foster homes or shelters for adoption.

Why use TNR?

“Studies have proven that trap-neuter-return is the single most successful method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat colonies with the least possible cost to local governments and residents, while providing the best life for the animals themselves.

“Spaying/neutering homeless cats:
(1) stabilizes the population at manageable levels,
(2) eliminates annoying behaviors associated with mating,
(3) is humane to the animals and fosters compassion in neighborhoods,
(4) is more effective and less costly than repeated attempts at extermination – costs for repeatedly trapping and killing feral colonies are far higher than promoting stable, non-breeding colonies in the same location. Vacated areas are soon filled by other cats who start the breeding process over again.” – from



We hope these helpful articles will improve your understanding and the quality of life for your pets!

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