Animal shelter staff say disabled volunteer is a blessing

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CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter staff say one volunteer, in particular, has a one-of-a-kind connection to the animals at the shelter, despite struggles she faces on a daily basis.

Volunteer Gail Drake says she has grown up her whole life around dogs, which sparked a love for animals at a young age.

"I've had dogs all my life and it's just, it's my passion. And, I feel like they should be, we are their voice," says volunteer Gail Drake.

One of the reasons Gail Drake volunteers is because she says she gets fulfillment from nurture animals at the shelter that has been abused.

By showing the animals attention and compassion, it allows the animals to warm up to people, helping them get adopted.

Staff say the attention Gail gives the animals, has built a one-of-a-kind connection to the animals.

"Anytime Gail is here, she just has a light that surrounds her, every time she enters the building and the dogs go nuts over her," says Lucie Huff, Kennel Floor Supervisor.

Gail says a 2002 motorcycle accident left her with multiple injuries. Including to her internal organs, her arm, and her left leg. And, these injuries still continue to cause her pain.

"Since my phantom pain can be so bad and it's unpredictable, that it makes it hard for me to hold down a paying job," Drake says.

Drake says with her passion her animals, it was a no-brainer that she would get involved at the shelter in her free time.

"She's just been such a blessing, and we really need more people like that to be honest," says Huff.

The shelter says there are several ways to help out the shelter. For more information contact the shelter at (606) 526-6925.

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