Bullitt Central Agriculture teacher Tiphanie Peake is always looking for ways to help students further develop their love for education and animals, while helping prepare them for their future. That’s why she was so excited when her Animal and Vet classes came up with the idea to partner with the Humane Society of Nelson County to help find forever homes for sheltered kittens and cats.
“We had never partnered with the Humane Society before,” Ms. Peake says, “and we hope as this program grows, so will other opportunities.” She explains that discussions with the organization include ways to grow outreaches, which students will help develop, job opportunities, and even a job shadowing program. “Victoria and her team at the Humane Society have been nothing but wonderful to us,” she continues, “and we look forward to this growing partnership.”
Junior Alicia Konichek helped begin the program by meeting with the Humane Society, understanding their goals, and figuring out how to bring the idea to life. Students are hands-on with the program, ensuring the cats are fed and keeping the living area clean. Ms. Peake continues, “Their main goal is to socialize each cat, making sure they learn the personality. In this way, they will be able to make sure the cats find their perfect forever homes.”
Ms. Peake feels this partnership is a great way to provide students with many real-life lessons as students study animal behavior and communication; learn how to handle and restrain cats for various veterinary needs; and even give physicals and vaccines to cats under the direction of the Humane Society veterinarian. The students will also be in charge of taking pictures of each cat and posting them on their social media to increase publicity for each cat.
Ms. Peake sees this partnership continuing to expand and providing benefits to both Bullitt Central students and the Humane Society of Nelson County. “We have goals for our students to work with the Humane Society on community outreach, providing shadowing opportunities with their vet, and possibly have their vet work one-on-one with the Veterinary students within the classroom,” she says. “We plan to give back by providing learning materials we have in our classroom to them when needed for staff training. And students will be able to perform ultrasounds on strays that come to the shelter with Bullitt Central’s Ag Department’s machine to check for pregnancy.”
How do you adopt a cat from the Humane Society of Nelson County & the Bullitt Central Agriculture Program?
Left: Ms. Burden was the first to adopt through the new program! This cutie will have a great home with his new mom!
Adopting is simple! First, Like the Bullitt Central High School Facebook page, as all adoptable cats will be posted there with a story about each. If someone is interested in meeting one of the cats, they can email Ms. Peake at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will set up a time for human and feline to meet at Bullitt Central's Agriculture Department.
All adoption paperwork will go through the Agriculture Department. The Humane Society of Nelson County will approve all adoption. There are several ways to pay for your cat, and Ms. Peake will discuss that on an individual basis with those who are approved.
Cats are $80 to adopt, which includes spay/neuter, microchipping and tattooing, along with ensuring all shots are up-to-date. There is also a $20 fee paid to the Bullitt Central Animal Science Program.