Success Stories

These are just a few of our triumphs thanks to our medical fund and FOHCAS volunteer efforts . Since establishing our medical fund we have helped well over 100 dogs and cats with veterinary care. The few we have not been able to save were able to pass on without pain and with caring people around them.  The others we have been thrilled to see go on to their forever homes to enrich the lives of those around them with their unconditional love and appreciation for being cared for as a member of the family.  


The shelter has limited medical resources, which leaves the staff with few options when faced with a difficult case or pet.   Through our partnership with area veterinary clinics and a small but dedicated group of volunteer fosters, Friends of Hardin County Animal Shelter (FOHCAS) helped these pets get vetted and then sent them on to a rescue, foster home, or an adoptor. Every dog and cat has a different story, but all of these ended up at our shelter in need of care. The vetting and care would not have been possible without donations from our extremely supportive community.

We always need donations toward our medical fund - there is always another cat or dog to help. Please donate either online or send a check to FOHCAS at 220 Peterson Drive, Elizabethtown, KY 42701. All donations are tax deductible, and if we have a name and address we will send you a receipt for your tax records. Thank you so much for your support.

Lemmy is a FOHCAS Medical Fund success story thanks to your donations! 
Lemmy spent the first six years of his life outside. His owner surrendered him with a large tumor under his tail.  The FOHCAS Medical Fund paid for surgery and he recovered.  He now has a great home with a backyard and a place for him inside too! 

A second chance for success!

Ruger wasn't suited for family life - another life awaited him!

Why are volunteers so important to shelter animals? For dogs like Ruger. Ruger is NOT at the shelter and is NOT adoptable because he is now headed for a career - but it wasn’t long ago that his future looked bleak. Ruger is a young chocolate lab, surrendered by his owner because he was wild, had no manners, was strong as an ox. He was in the adoptable kennels at the shelter for only a few hours before he bent the metal (metal!) doors by banging up against them. Whew! Rescue was his only chance. It took a very dedicated volunteer and shelter staff 2 months to find his perfect placement. What made him a challenge as a family pet make him perfect candidate for drug detection! (He is highly, highly ball motivated - the perfect skill for a drug dog) It took more time to test him and get videos of him to the right people. Ruger first went to K9 Learning Center in IN where he was trained in obedience and how to use his drive as a positive. He was also tested to make sure his drive was actually strong enough. Ruger passed every test. He will now go to Texas for his K-9 detection training & placement with a police department! What a long road that ended up the best for this awesome pup and his future work helping others. All of this might not have been possible without amazing volunteers and staff who worked hard to see this pup succeed ❤️ 

Get ‘em Ruger!

FOHCAS alums


Picked up stray with cateracts from head trauma.  Cleaned up and sent to rescue where she will receive eye surgery to try to help her regain her sight.  

Baby Girl

Unsocialized, likely used as a breeder. Sent to a foster home with a rescue who will work with her and find her a good home.

Stray, emaciated and filled with parasites...vetted and sent to rescue!

Update: Adopted and thriving! 


Senior Chihuahua mix hit by a car; vetted and then adopted by vet tech!  Update:  regained the use of her back legs and is living a happy active life! 


Surrendered and sick puppy; vetted and adopted!


Ate a toy from shelter visitors; vetted and sent to rescue!  Update: adopted and spends her days with another rescued Weimie buddy! 


Senior Beagle mix, difficult to adopt out because she was unhappy in shelter - went to boarding and found the right family!


Senior girl sent to a forever foster home to live out her days in peace.


Caged and unsocialized for his entire life; now in a loving foster home!


Senior dog with bladder issues; vetted and in a loving forever foster until his passing.


Injured foot, vetted and sent to rescue!


Pit Bull with deformed front legs, sent to rescue!



Chip was hit by a car and found in a ditch.  his leg was broken in two places and his hip cracked.  After surgery and therapy that included swimming, he was placed in a loving home .


Stray, living under a bridge for several months.  Severely matted and emaciated. Vetted and adopted! 

Kitten rescued from being kicked and abused by teenagers.  Recovered and adopted by a loving family! 


Mercy's daughter; vetted and adopted out to a great home!


Surrendered and sick puppy; vetted and sent to rescue!


Senior Pit Bull featured on Susie's Seniors and adopted out to a family in Memphis!  She had many happy months with love until her passing of natural causes.

Broken and unset foot from puppyhood; vetted and sent to rescue!

Pete the Pit
Martin the Warrior

Head trauma, blind and couldn't walk; sent to rehab rescue where he was loved and cared for until his passing.

Flora & Lulu

Feral, sent to loving foster home for socialization and care. Update: Adopted! 


One of our first senior pets; found a forever foster home to care for him in his retirement


Stray with infected eyes and hair so matted it covered his mouth and he couldn't open it to eat. Groomed, vetted and rescued!

Who will our medical fund save next?

Updated 2020