Having three large adoption centers will help ensure that adopters have a wider variety of adoptable pets to choose from. As Kentucky’s largest pet adoption agency, KHS expects to continue to find homes for about 6,000 animals a year. The three adoption centers will also help ensure KHS can best provide for the medical and behavioral needs of shelter animals and increase efficiencies, ensuring that donor dollars are used wisely.
“We are so very grateful for Feeders Supply and the more than 65,000 animals they helped us place into forever homes since 1997. Feeders Supply was one of the first pet supply stores in the country to partner with an animal shelter, and they are a big reason why Louisville is a leader in the pet adoption movement. We will continue to partner with them in a variety of ways that do not include permanent adoption centers,” said Karen Koenig, KHS Vice President of Animal Welfare.
“Feeders Supply feels fortunate to have had a 23-year partnership with Kentucky Humane Society,” said Brannon Dixon, CEO of Feeders Supply Company. “While we are disappointed that KHS is closing the seven permanent adoption centers in our stores, we do look forward to continuing our partnership in other ways and supporting their vital pet retention and education programs.”
Koenig says that in addition to offering the state’s largest selection of adoptable pets, KHS plans to continue to expand pet retention services, as they see this is the best way to keep pets out of shelters in the first place.
“Thanks to private support, we can offer a wide variety of services to help struggling pet owners, including low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, behavior training, over-the-phone counseling, and pet food and veterinary assistance,” said Koenig. “The goal is help families keep their pets healthy and in their homes, where they are happiest."
Families in need of assistance are encouraged to call the KHS Pet Help Line at 502-509-4738.
The Steedly Drive location opens for adoptions by appointment on July 21. To comply with social distancing, all three adoption centers require appointments be made online in advance and are not accepting walk-ins. Visit www.kyhumane.org/adopt/how-to-adopt or www.purrfectdaycafe.com to learn more about the adoption process and to schedule an appointment.
The Healthy Pets Clinic on Steedly Drive will permanently close on August 1 to make room for adoptions. KHS hopes to open the low-cost vet clinic at a new location at a later date.