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Woman takes Taft Animal Shelter's kill rate from 100% to 0%, launches new nonprofit

Posted at 5:33 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 07:33:10-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The woman who won a $35,000 award from Petco last year for her animal rescue efforts is now taking up a new challenge.

“Our mission is providing supplies and medical care to owned, homeless, and sheltered animals in the area,” said Kayla Denney.

Help is on the way for cats and dogs across the Coastal Bend.

Denney has just launched a new animal nonprofit organization, with a mission to help save and care for as many animals as possible.

“San Patricio county doesn't really have much help in regard to medical care supplies for animals so that's where we step in,” said Denney.

The nonprofit Texas Animal No Kill -- or T.A.N.K. -- will help rural animal shelters buy things they don't have access to or can't afford.

“If an animal control doesn’t have a crane in a bed, we want to get them for them,” said Denney.

But it's not stopping there. Denney said she also wants to help ordinary pet owners.

“Just because a person has trouble with affording care for their pet that doesn't mean they don't deserve the pet,” said Denney. “They do.”

She's partnering with area food banks to stock them with dog and cat food.

If they can't afford food for themselves, they probably can't afford it for their pet so we're going to provide food for them,” said Denney. “On that food bag there will be a label with our information and if they want more help or they need medical care or to get that animal fixed we want to be able to provide that.”

In November, Denney won the Petco Unsung Hero Award, for her animal life-saving efforts.

That award gave her the momentum to continue fulfilling the needs of area animals.

In the next 10 years she hopes to open the first-low cost permanent spay and neuter clinic in San Patricio county.

“We need it if we want to really tackle the stray and homeless population that is inundating South Texas,” said Denney. “Spay and neuter is the key.”

Denney said the new nonprofit is looking for animal lovers to volunteer their time and for monetary donations to help buy supplies.


  • 2-4 week foster homes for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens (your choice!)
  • Transporters for the animals and volunteers to help us at events/adoptions/networking
  • ADOPTERS! We can transport anywhere in the United States
  • Sponsors/Donors for medical for animals, owned & in our rescue (all TAX DEDUCTIBLE)
  • Animal supplies from our amazon list (listed on FB page) – Pee Pads, Dog/Cat Food, Etc.



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