County shelter director announced
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County shelter director announced

Aug 09, 2023

The Logan County Fiscal Court introduced Jennifer Mosier as the new Animal Shelter Director at its last regularly scheduled meeting.

Mosier comes to Logan County’s shelter after working with the Christian County Shelter for six years and four years of serving the City of Oak Grove as an animal control officer. “Although my actual role at Christian County’s Shelter was Social Media Coordinator, that wasn’t always the case. You fill in where you’re needed.” She has experience in adoptions, communicating with the public, vaccinations, and served as a temporary kennel supervisor.

While serving as animal control for Oak Grove, she worked closely with the council and the county attorney. Mosier said, “I had the greatest support there, but sometimes when you’re in your job, you wonder ‘What else can I do next for my community?’ And at that point, I was just maintaining, it wasn’t a bad job. You just wonder what’s next.”

Leaving Oak Grove wasn’t in her plans, but Mosier believes things happen for a reason. “I was scrolling through Facebook and there was a job opportunity. I always wonder ‘What’s the universe going to bring me next?’ I don’t know why their post showed up in my newsfeed. I don’t follow the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, but I saw it and took a screenshot, then moved on.”

After speaking with Sheriff Stephen Stratton, Mosier said, “We had a really good conversation. You just start thinking, ‘What can I do and go help this community? I have helped this community, but what if that community needs me more?’ ”

Logan County has embraced Mosier as she gets started in her new position. “Everyone has been great. It’s great to come out and know you have the support you need to get the job done,” she said. She admits more help and support will go a long way in getting things back in order quicker.

“I would love to see the community come in and help by volunteering. Right now, we’re in a big transition period and we need people who can come in and just help in any way needed,” explained Mosier. Among the items on the daily to-do list are washing dishes, cleaning the cat room, yard work, cleaning dog kennels — pretty much anything that needs to be done.

“Jailer Josh Toomey has been great. He had some of the inmates out here helping us already. They’ve gotten to the yard work and several other things. They have been a really great help,” said Mosier adding, “I want everyone to know I hear a lot of negativity and I hear that everyone believes we’re going to start euthanizing all the animals and that’s not the case. I’m not a fan of euthanasia, but it does have its place.” The major reasons for euthanizing an animal, in Mosier’s opinion, are aggressiveness and severe illness.

Mosier explained when an animal is brought to the shelter, “Because we’re closed two days, the hold time will be seven days instead of five.” She wants people to tag rescues they are aware of on social media to help move animals out of Logan’s shelter and onto places where they have a better chance of finding forever homes.

Magistrate Jason Harper said, “We are excited that all the pieces of the puzzle are finally falling into place. There is still a lot of work to do but the future of the Logan County Animal Shelter is looking bright. Hiring Travis Kodiak as the ACO officer was a great move for the county. With his previous experience and his community involvement, he has already hit the ground running.”

“With the hiring of Travis Kodiak as the Animal Control Officer and Jennifer Mosier as the Shelter Manager we are confident the welfare of these animals will be top priority. We are also excited about our renewed relationship with the Humane Society,” said Judge-Executive Phil Baker.

Harper added, “Another key piece to the puzzle was finding the right director who had knowledge and experience with shelter operations. After looking over several resumes we knew Jennifer was the one for the job. She immediately jumped in and got busy from day one.

“As the county-appointed board member for the Logan County Humane Society, I look forward to the days ahead as we work side-by-side with the county and continue our mission of saving as many animals as possible through fosters, adoptions, and rescues. I would like to thank our sheriff, judge, jailer, and fellow magistrates for working together to make this possible.”

The Logan County Fiscal Court announced in May it would no longer contract with the Logan County Humane Society to handle its day-to-day operations of the shelter as it had for over the past two decades. The county is now responsible for all intake of stray dogs, housing, feeding, and euthanasia decisions through the shelter as well as maintaining the shelter itself.

The Logan County Humane Society Board hopes it can continue to play an integral role in the saving of the county’s stray population through adoptions and rescue efforts by pulling from the shelter. This can only be accomplished through donations and community support for the non-profit as it is no longer receiving funds from the county to do so.

ACO Kodiak has established an account on Facebook to help locate your lost or missing pet; for community help visit Logan County KY Animal Control, Lost & Found Pets.

Shelter Director Mosier also has a Facebook account for sharing news about pets taken into the shelter. Visit Logan County Animal Care and Control for more information. You may also visit the shelter at 1230 Morgantown Road, Russellville to volunteer or speak with someone about adopting an animal.

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