Louisville Magazine

SEP 2018

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68 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.18 It seems empty inside until you arrive at a room at the end of the hallway that bursts with purposeful busyness. ree women are readying eight fuzzy kittens for a transport. An industrious 28-year-old with curly blond hair smiles and sticks out her hand. is is Nicole Shor, who runs the shelter. She grew up outside Chicago but went to high school here in Breckinridge County. As a kid, she had lots of pets — dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles, rabbits — before getting a zoology degree at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Today, she's got her hands full with kittens and puppies who'll travel by van to Louisville. e shelter does transports like this every week. Over the past four years, for example, the Breckinridge County Animal Shelter has sent 621 dogs to other places. "ere are transports driving everywhere, every single day," says Mandy Franceschina, who runs an animal-rescue nonprofit in Cincinna- ti called Paws and Claws, one of many groups that takes in dogs from Breckin- ridge County. As it turns out, where puppies come from is a vast, complex supply chain, run largely by volunteers and a few dedicated staff in rural shelters. I wanted to see it. Because, thanks to Shor and Franceschina, I'd become part of it. ough Shor and Franceschina have never met in person, about two years

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