Praise Politician for Aiding Destroyed Animal Shelter


Target: State Representative Regina Bunch, R-Williamsburg, Kentucky

Goal: Praise state representative for allocating tax funds to help a Kentucky animal shelter rebuild after burning down during a fire

A Kentucky animal shelter recently burned to the ground during a major fire: some animals survived, but many perished in the flames. As the owners of the shelter struggled to find care and housing for the surviving cats and dogs, one local politician decided to lend a hand by allocating tax dollars to aid in the shelter’s recovery. Representative Bunch needs to be praised for her efforts to help this shelter rebuild so that it can continue to find loving homes for unwanted pets.

Animal shelters across the country currently house millions of lost, homeless, or abandoned cats and dogs; shelters care for the animals and work to find caring individuals to adopt them into their own homes. Unfortunately, a large percentage of shelter animals do not get adopted and end up being euthanized. In addition to finding hundreds of good homes for its animals each year, the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter also endeavors to teach members of its community about the importance of spaying and neutering family pets: many offspring of unspayed/unneutered parents are abandoned by their owners and end up in animal shelters; millions of needless animal euthanizations could be prevented if people were more educated about the consequences of not spaying or neutering. Unfortunately, in November 2013 the  Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter was destroyed by fire. Organizations like the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter that are dedicated to the welfare of animals need to be cherished by our society, and our politicians need to do what they can to help such shelters rebuild if disaster should strike.

Kentucky is one of several states that taxes natural resources like coal as they are removed from the ground. Counties in Kentucky that produce coal are allotted a portion of this so-called coal severance tax and encouraged to use the funds to help local communities. State Rep. Regina Bunch recently decided to allocate $55,000 of her allotted coal severance tax funds to be used to in the rebuilding of the shelter.

These thousands of dollars should go a long way towards helping the shelter recover and fully resume its mission of finding loving homes for unwanted cats and dogs. Please sign the petition below to let Representative Bunch know that her efforts to help the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter rebuild are appreciated by animal lovers everywhere.


Dear Representative Bunch,

I was happy to hear that you recently decided to give $55,000 of coal severance tax money to the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter, which was burned to the ground during a fire in November 2013. The Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter finds loving homes for hundreds of unwanted cats and dogs every year. The shelter also educates members of its community on the importance of spaying and neutering, procedures that help minimize the birth of unwanted animals that often end up living in shelters and being euthanized if not adopted.

I would like to praise and applaud you for your efforts to help the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter rebuild and resume its mission of finding loving homes for unwanted cats and dogs.


[Your Name Here]

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