Woman awarded $35,000 for bringing shelter’s kill rate from 100% to 0% in one year

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TAFT, Texas (KAKE) -

Petco has awarded a woman in a small Texas town $35,000 for bringing the kill rate at her local animal shelter from 100% down to 0%.

KZTV reports Kayla Denny took over the shelter in Taft last November and that each animal that has passed through there since has found a forever home. 

“As of November 1st, we have saved 565 dogs and cats out of Taft,” Denney said.

For that she's being awarded the 2019 National ‘Unsung Hero" Award by Petco. She flies out to San Diego to accept the award, an honor she knew nothing about, on Monday. 

“There are thousands of applicants. I didn't know I was nominated,” she said. “I became the 2019 unsung hero for the country so one person in the whole United States and it still just blows my mind that that's still a thing.”

Out of thousands of nominees, Denney made the top 5 in February, and was awarded $10,000. Now that she's won first place, she’s getting an extra $25,000.

She says the money she says will go directly to helping improve the conditions of the shelter.

Information in this story was used with permission from KZTV.