Furball will celebrate humane society's 50th anniversary

Wilderness Trail Distillery has long been a supporter of the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society. In honor of the agency’s 50th anniversary, the distillery is throwing another Fur Ball 6-9 p.m. Nov 18.

Fourth Street Station will provide the music. Piggin’ Out, a food truck based in Stanford, will be selling food. Wilderness Trail is selling the cocktails and beer. The distillery also be selling a special barrel pick that showcases the cats that live in the distillery’s barn and who have been spay/neutered through the humane society’s Community Cat Program. Barrel pick sales benefit the humane society. See the event on Facebook.

The agency began in 1972 when Charlotte Bateman and a group of concerned citizens established the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society to care for homeless animals. Since then, the humane society has adapted to the community’s changing needs and evolved with innovations in the animal welfare field, says director Kari Kuh.

One of the most impactful updates in recent years is the advent of the Community Cat Program. In 2019, DBCHS discontinued trapping, impounding, and euthanizing outdoor cats, instead offering free spay/neuter surgery through the Community Cat Program, using Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR). 

TNVR is the process by which cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their original location. Thanks to generous grants, veterinary partners, and engaged Boyle County residents, 3,200+ cats were sterilized at low or no cost to their caretakers in the last three years. 

It’s making a huge difference. In 2018, the shelter euthanized more than 500 cats due to overcrowding, illness, or lack of available homes. After DBCHS implemented its community cat program in 2019, fewer than 60 cats were euthanized in 2020 and 2021 combined.

Wilderness Trail Distillery has been a gracious sponsor of the Community Cat Program from the beginning, and a participant, too! Cooper, the beloved resident distillery cat, was being harassed by the outdoor cats in the area, and the Community Cat Program came to the rescue.

The humane society’s TNVR specialist humanely trapped and returned more than 10 felines to the distillery. Because the cats are sterilized and vaccinated, they do not reproduce, fight, or spread disease. Now the cats live happily, keeping pests at bay, and have become a part of daily life at Wilderness Trail.

Much has changed since 1972, but the community’s incredible support has remained constant. 

Join the DBCHS and friends at Wilderness Trail Distillery for the second Fur Ball and raise a glass to the last 50 years. We can’t wait to paw-ty with you!

Date: Nov 18, 2022 — Nov 18, 2022