Kayla Denney had always wanted to work with animals, so when she left her job as an accountant, she knew she had another calling. She took a job as an animal control officer and shelter manager to meet her lifelong dream.
The shelter in Taft, Texas was seriously run-down and in desperate need of repair. The most alarming fact was that the animal kill rate was almost at 100%. Wednesday was “kill day” and any animals that had not been claimed or adopted were euthanised.
A social media saviour
Kayla took to her own social media channels to make a difference. Firstly, she put a call out for donations and supplies and the post went viral in her town with over 800 boxes of supplies being collected.
Next, she asked for volunteers to play with and walk the pets and set up Facebook pages for each of the adorable animals that needed forever homes. She reached out to rescues and fosterers in the area.
Not all heroes wear capes
Within a year, Kayla has completely turned the shelter around. The kill rate is now zero with all animals going out to forever homes.
Her work hasn't gone unnoticed and she recently won the National Unsung Hero Award which came with a prize fund of $35,000. Like a true hero, Kayla is putting this money back into the shelter to make life better for the animals n her care.
People like Kayla don't come along every day but we're so glad when they do. Well done on your award Kayla, you deserve it.