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March 21, 2013

J.B. Ogle severs partnership with No Kill Louisville

Animal shelter still plans to go no-kill



The board of public works was also the same board that entered into the agreement with No Kill Louisville.

The only other requirement the city must meet is that it provide 60 days notice of the termination of the partnership. With the notice, the partnership between the two entities will terminate May 19. The agreement was originally scheduled to last only a year and end Aug. 18.

Eli Haynes, interim president of No Kill Louisville, said the decision was really not discussed with No Kill Louisville prior to its termination.

He said the agreement ended because a volunteer had made suggestions to the shelter to support the no-kill goal, such as hosting volunteer orientations and changing the shelter’s hours of operations, that the shelter has not put in place yet. Haynes added that there have been other suggestions that J.B. Ogle has already implemented.

The volunteer, Jessica Reid, was the former president of No Kill Louisville, but resigned from her post at the end of 2012 and has subsequently resigned as a volunteer for the nonprofit. The disagreement effectively severed the formal partnership.

Despite ending the legal partnership between the two entities, both Haynes and J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter Director Sarah Green said they hoped to continue working with one another.

“We are confident that they will go no-kill by August,” Haynes said of the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter. “We fully support them and we hope that we will be able to maintain a relationship with them.”

Green also offered a desire to continue working with the nonprofit organization and to make J.B. Ogle a no-kill animal shelter.

“While we are still committed to making our shelter a no-kill facility, we believe we can better achieve that result on our own,” Green said in a press release. “We want to do what’s best for the city and more importantly, the animals. We believe the partnership wasn’t the right fit for our operation.”

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