With temperatures dropping throughout the region, what can pet owners do to keep pets warm and healthy? Follow these tips provided by the Kentucky Humane Society's Pet Help Line, 502-509-4738.
Follow the story of Ethan, the miracle dog who survived starvation and has become a symbol of love and hope for so many. This page has updates in chronological order, with the mot recent updates at the bottom. For the most up-to-date information, follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kyhumane.
January 29, 2021: Today around 12 pm, a dying dog was left in the KHS parking lot. Someone dropping off wish list donations saw the dog and alerted staff, who rushed him to our Veterinary Services department.
We immediately began working to try to save his life, warming him with heated blankets and warm IV fluids. Ethan, as we have named him, was so weak he could not lift his head. He is the thinnest dog we have ever seen that was still breathing. This rack of bones weighs just 38 pounds, when he should be about 80 pounds. The outline of every bone can be seen from his dehydrated skin, and his muscle loss is extreme, as his body tried to find any fuel to survive. Ethan was also filthy from feces and urine
Looking for a creative way to celebrate Valentine’s with your special sweetheart or friend? Enter our Purrfect Date Night Raffle for just $5 a chance!
Drawing will take place on February 12 at 12pm
Join the Kentucky Humane Society each week for “Sit, Stay, Listen” on Forward Radio. Hosted by certified professional dog trainer Kait Seyal, “”Sit, Stay, Listen” will answer your questions about dog and cat behavior, training, and discuss special topics and events in the Louisville pet community.
On February 25 from 5-9pm, join Gordon Biersch, located at 400 S. 4th St, by dining in and presenting this flyer or takout orders using the code "GIVEBACK" and 15% of your total order will be donated to the animals of the Kentucky Humane Society! Thank you Gordon Biersch!
KHS and 15 other animal shelters assist Humane Society of the Delta in Helena AR
Last week, the Kentucky Humane Society and 15 other animal shelters joined Bissell Pet Foundation on an urgent rescue mission in southeast Arkansas. The shelters transported out 240 dogs and 30 cats from the Humane Society of the Delta, an overcrowded and under-resourced shelter in Helena, where more than 100 dogs were living in outdoor kennels.
The animals will be going to shelters across the country, where they will be placed for adoption. KHS took in 11 dogs, including six who were ill from heartworms and a dog needing an amputation. KHS also transported an additional 10 dogs to Lexington Humane Society.
The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) is reminding people to check their car hoods for outside cats seeking warmth this winter, after an injured kitten was surrendered to the nonprofit animal shelter this week.
“In cold weather, outside cats sometimes crawl into car hoods seeking the warmth of a recently turned off engine. A bang on your car hood or a beep of your horn before starting the engine can give cats a chance to escape or make their presence known and can help save lives this winter,” said Megan Decker, KHS Media Manager.
When homeless animals find their way to the Kentucky Humane Society, we don’t always know their past. All we know is … they need help … and fast.
Every single day, the Kentucky Humane Society receives animals in urgent need of lifesaving care. But we couldn’t do it without your help!
This poor dog is recovering after emergency surgery at KHS to remove multiple large mammary tumors. Please keep Molly Mae in your thoughts as she begins the long recovery process and we address her many medical needs. She is being kept comfortable with pain medications and lots of TLC.
While we don’t know much about Molly Mae’s background, it is clear she was medically neglected for a very long time: she had the most mammary tumors we have ever seen, a wound on her abdomen, and she was missing much of her fur due to skin infections. Mammary tumors are more common in older unspayed female dogs, as progesterone can cause mammary cells to multiply. We are having the tumors biopsied to see if they are cancerous. Despite the discomfort Molly is in, she is a loving, sweet dog who loves getting butt scratches.
If you are in a position to make a donation the Kentucky Humane Society this December, we want to let you know about a few tax deduction changes Congress recently made through the CARES Act for 2020 charitable donations.
Tips courtesy of the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Holly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe! Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet's eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:
At the Kentucky Humane Society, adoptable dog Jack is known for his farsightedness. He can see, but he typically focuses on things that are farther away. One day, while thinking about this, he decided he needed a change of scenery. He wanted an adventure, he wanted to see new places! Jack found a shelter volunteer, and they headed to the park together.
Due to Santa social distancing from the North Pole this year, our typical Picture your Pets with Santa event looks a little different this year. But our goal remains the same, to raise money and awareness for homeless pets! Through December 20, come into the Preston Highway and St. Matthews Feeders Supply locations to snap your pet’s festive picture in front of their holiday backdrop for a suggested $5 donation to the Kentucky Humane Society.
Meet Zoë Slaughter, our Volunteer of the Month! Zoë volunteers outside of the shelter by participating in the Belly Bank program around town and by donating custom pet paintings for us to auction and/or give away!
December 1 is #GivingTuesday, and we want to do something big. With YOUR help, we hope to raise $20,000 before midnight on Dec. 1. This is enough to prepare an additional 80 animals for adoption.
On Thanksgiving Day, all of us at the Kentucky Humane Society want to say "THANK YOU" for being a friend to the animals!
We have great news! Monday is "Match Monday," and an anonymous couple is matching donations in honor of their grand dogs, Sir Winston and Mr. Darcy.
Are you looking for unique "howliday" gifts for your loved ones? Here are a few ideas that also benefit the animals at the Kentucky Humane Society!
Twiggy was starving and alone. Weighing less than two pounds and barely breathing, she was on the brink of death. This poor little stray puppy had no one.
Looking for a paw-sitively delicious snack that gives back to the animals? Check out Froggy’s Popcorn (named after the owner’s adopted cat Froggy), a Louisville company that gives back to animal shelters. For the month of November, 25 cents from each bag will be donated to the Kentucky Humane Society.
Charlie, a sweet two-year-old dog, arrived at the Kentucky Humane Society in need of emergency care after a wooden skewer was found embedded in his chest.
It's National Make a Dog's Day! On October 22, 2020, Subaru and animal lovers around the world are celebrating their beloved companions.
Kentucky Humane Society offers socialization classes for puppies adopted during the pandemic
The Kentucky Humane Society is now offering Puppy and “Teenage” Socials for puppies age 8 weeks to 6 months. The first classes start Saturday, October 3, 2020, at the KHS Sam Swope Pet Retreat in Jeffersontown.
So many puppies have found their forever home during the pandemic – but just like us, they’ve had limited opportunities to socialize. Proper socialization is immensely important to helping ensure your puppy will grow into a happy, well-adjusted and confident dog – which helps reduce future problems such as fear, anxiety and anti-social behavior.
The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) announced Oct. 20, 2020, that it has been awarded a $9,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its Love 120 initiative which aims to improve animal welfare in rural counties in Kentucky.
Based in Louisville, the Kentucky Humane Society is Kentucky’s largest pet adoption agency and proactive animal welfare organization. Through KHS’ Love 120 initiative, the nonprofit agency is focused on improving the lives of companion animals in all 120 Kentucky counties within the next decade. KHS will use the Petco Foundation investment to empower rural shelters to increase their lifesaving capacities. Last year, KHS worked with shelters in 35 of Kentucky’s 120 counties by transferring in animals for adoption and by providing much-needed give-back fees to many shelters.
Adopt 1 kitten, get a 2nd kitten 50% Off!
This Friday-Sunday, why not DOUBLE THE LOVE when you adopt two kittens from the Kentucky Humane Society?
October 16-18, adopt a kitten 5 months or younger and get a companion kitten for 50% off the normal adoption fee.
You can support the animals at the Kentucky Humane Society with your purchases from Amazon! Since 2014, KHS has received over $14,000 in donations because of Amazon shoppers like you! Purchases truly add up to saving lives!
Meet James Yackle! James is our Volunteer of the Month! He has been with KHS since April 2019 as a Foster and as of September, he started volunteering at our Sam Swope Pet TLC for our Pet Food Bank.
A Big Thanks to the Arnall Family Foundation and ASPCA for Their Support
The Kentucky Humane Society is grateful for the Arnall Family Foundation's and the ASPCA's support of our new Animal Relocation Vehicle, which helps us safely and comfortably transport shelter animals from rural animal shelters across Kentucky to KHS for adoption.
Subaru of America and Neil Huffman Subaru are proud to partner with the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) during Subaru’s October “loves pets” month.
As part of the celebration, Subaru of America and Neil Huffman Subaru will donate $100 toward the adoption fee of one select adult dog each day in October at KHS, or $3,100 in total.
“We are thrilled to partner with Subaru to bring attention to a different dog each day who is seeking a loving family. Thanks to their generosity, a total of 31 dogs in October will have their adoption fees lowered by $100 – helping adult dogs get adopted faster and providing savings for families,” said Robin Vincent, KHS Shelter Operations Director.
Dogs like Mamaw need your love. This sweet senior found herself at the Kentucky Humane Society when she was turned in as a stray, and no one came for her.
When a dog or cat gets on in years, being turned in to a shelter is very difficult for them. They are lonely and confused. They don’t understand why they aren’t at home with their families, napping on a comfy bed.
It’s heartbreaking to see our senior dogs — like Mamaw — waiting patiently, looking out at everyone who comes in with hope in their eyes and a wag in their tails. The worst part is when their hope starts to fade. We’ve seen many senior animals give up.
After learning about a friend’s decision to mark her favorite charity as a beneficiary of her life insurance policy, Shannon Floyd began thinking about her own assets and how she could give back to her community her love for animals made it an easy decision. Shannon chose the Kentucky humane Society (KHS) as a beneficiary of her life insurance policy.
Make plans to join the Kentucky Humane Society's Tuxes & Tails "MasFURade" Gala remotely on Saturday, September 19, from 6:20-8:30 p.m.
Don't “mask” your excitement, as this enchanting evening will stream live on Facebook and YouTube. Hosted by Angie Fenton from WHAS11 Great Day Live, the gala will feature special four-legged guest appearances, raffles, a spirited online auction, and touching stories about animals rescued by KHS. This year’s presenting sponsor is Mister “P” Express Inc., and signature sponsor is Brown-Forman Inc.
Imagine what your gift can do, when you donate to the Kentucky Humane Society during Give for Good Louisville! This 24-hour online giving day on Thursday, September 17, 2020, is hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville. It was created to inspire people to give generously to local nonprofits. Online giving takes place between midnight and 11:59 p.m. at the Give for Good Kentucky Humane Society Page.
Adopters are invited to share how their pet has changed their life for a chance to help the Kentucky Humane Society earn up to a $100,000 grant award
Have you adopted from KHS? Your are invited to share how your pet has changed your life to help give KHS a chance to receive a $100,000 grand prize Holiday Wishes grant award from the Petco Foundation.
In partnership with BOBS from Skechers, the Petco Foundation is granting more than $750,000 this holiday season to qualified animal welfare organizations across the country. Awards will range from $5,000 to $100,000, and adopters with winning submissions will receive up to a $1,000 Petco shopping spree and a prize pack with BOBS from Skechers shoes.
We want to say a big thank you to all of our supporters, sponsors, vendors and fundraisers for making this year's Virtual Waggin' Trail a success!
At just four weeks of age, the little orange kitten had already known a lifetime of heartache.
Papaya was orphaned when her mother was hit by a car. With no one to protect her, she was attacked by an animal and gravely injured.
Old dogs have something to wag about this summer, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its annual grants, and senior dogs assisted by the Kentucky Humane Society are among the winners.
KHS will use the $7,575 grant to help an estimated 51 financially struggling families keep their senior dogs happy, healthy and in their homes. The grant will provide veterinary care and other critical support to senior dogs whose owners live in poverty or who are experiencing economic hardship because of COVID-19.
Saturday, August 8, is International Cat Day. It’s also the second anniversary of the opening of Purrfect Day Café in Louisville, one of the most successful cat café’s in the country. And earlier this week, Purrfect Day Café celebrated their 3,000th cat adoption.
In recognition of these milestones, Purrfect Day Café is inviting previous adopters to stop by the café this weekend for a social distancing celebration by having a drink on the café’s outdoor “catio” and sharing photos and stories on social media of the “furrever friends” they adopted at the café. There will be a sidewalk sale of café merchandise. The café is located at 1741 Bardstown Road in the Highlands.
After 23 successful years of partnering with Feeders Supply, KHS to centralize adoptions at three locations and increase pet retention services
LOUISVILLE KY – For 23 years, the Kentucky Humane Society and Feeders Supply have partnered to find loving homes for shelter dogs and cats, with Feeders Supply stores providing space for KHS adoption centers.
But with changes in animal welfare, KHS has decided to centralize their adoptions to three key locations: their East Campus at 1000 Lyndon Lane, their Sam Swope Pet Treatment & Lifesaving Center at 241 Steedly Drive, and adoptions at Purrfect Day Café on Bardstown Road.
This poor little kitten is now at the Kentucky Humane Society, after being found with a large hook through her mouth and eye.
Participants invited to register, raise money, and walk between Aug. 7-9 to support homeless animals; register by July 22 to get a T-shirt
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Kentucky Humane Society is changing its annual Waggin’ Trail Walk for the Animals to a virtual event. This means participants can choose to walk in their own neighborhoods, at a nearby park or even on a treadmill at home to help KHS save more lives.
Funding will help to save more animal lives throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic
Louisville, KY — The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) for COVID-19 relief. The grant will help KHS fund essential lifesaving services during the pandemic.
The grant is part of the ASPCA’s national Relief and Recovery Initiative, which includes providing a minimum of $2 million in critical funding for animal welfare organizations whose programs, operations or fundraising capabilities have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The Kentucky Humane Society is caring for an extremely emaciated Chihuahua with a body condition score of 1 out of 9, which is the lowest score an animal can have and still be alive. Her temperature was just 90 degrees (11 degrees lower than normal) when she arrived on June 15.
KHS is now offering Cat Training by video chat! Work with a certified behavior trainer who specializes in feline behavior one-on-one through a live video chat.
We can address litter box issues, relationships between dogs and cats in the household, destructive scratching, impolite play, exercise and enrichment, manners and obedience, harness and leash training, and more!
It’s “kitten season,” with hundreds of adorable kittens looking for homes through the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS).
To help KHS care for these adorable little ones, Purrfect Day Café is hosting a “Curbside Kitten Shower” June 16-21. The public is encouraged to bring much-needed kitten supplies to the café, which is located at 1741 Bardstown Road in the Highlands.
To encourage social distancing, there will be a tent set up outside the café where supporters can drop off donations for KHS. Purrfect Day Café will be accepting donations Tuesday-Sunday 1-8pm. Everyone who brings a donation will receive a coupon for $1 off a purchase at Purrfect Day Café. They will also receive a special sticker celebrating their support.
Meet adoptable dogs and cats by booking an appointment! To facilitate social distancing, the Kentucky Humane Society is now offering adoptions by appointment at our East Campus at 1000 Lyndon Lane and at our Sam Swope Pet Treatment & Lifesaving Center at 241 Steedly Drive in Louisville. We are unable to allow walk-ins at this time, and appointments must be booked in advance.