Students at the University of Kentucky traveled across the state to research the conditions of hundreds of shelters to do a comprehensive study that hasn't been done in 20 years. Two area shelters received recognition as some of the best in the state.

Ohio and Hopkins counties were among those named the best. According to the study, the best shelters appeared to be doing a good job of meeting state requirements and also providing essential services such as adoption, spay/neuter programs, and basic veterinary care to incoming animals. In 2007, the Humane Shelter Act required all counties to come into compliance with with new statutes, but no formal follow-up studies were performed. A major problem at all shelters was a lack of sufficient funding, as well as overpopulation which leads to overcrowding, not enough staff, and lack of education.

The students concluded although much progress had been made since the last comprehensive study in 1996, there's still a lot of work to be done.