MOUNT VERNON — On the outskirts of town, the Knox County Humane Society, 400 Columbus Road, is brimming with energetic little felines awaiting a new home. The shelter, which opened in 1987, is a nonprofit organization that houses upwards of 50 cats at a time, many of which have an average stay in the shelter of about one year.
“We are a 501(c)(3); we receive no tax-payer dollars. … We do not receive any money from the county commissioners,” Kelly Spencer, director of the Knox County Humane Society said. “We get $3,900 for the whole year from the city (of Mount Vernon); $3,900 isn’t enough to run the place for a month.”
According to Spencer, many of the cats that are 5 years and older have a hard time finding homes, due to the fact that most people want to adopt kittens.
Even harder to find homes for are bonded pairs, two cats that have formed an extremely strong bond together and refuse to be separated.