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Friday, 14 May 2021 11:55

Grant of $35,000 will help save more pet lives in Kentucky

The Kentucky Humane Society announced today a $35,000 grant investment from the newly named, Petco Love, to support their lifesaving work for animals in the Louisville area. 

Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change for pets nationally by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they’ve empowered organizations with $300 million invested to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And, they’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations, like ours, nationwide

Monday, 10 May 2021 15:50
Monday, 10 May 2021 15:23

One Choice Mechanical Partners With KHS

We are excited to announce our partnership with the One Choice Mechanical! One Choice Mechanical will donate $50 to KHS for each Clean Effects air cleaning unit sold. This unit is one of Trane’s best tools for removing dander, dust mites, and other air pollutants that are commonly found in all homes but even worse in pet owners' homes. Visit to find out how you can help an animal in need and clean the air you breathe at home! Call 502-206-4095 for more info or to schedule an appointment today!

Learn more about their Clean Effects air cleaning unit

Sunday, 09 May 2021 12:20

We are thrilled to announce that 60 Kentucky Humane Society pets found new homes during Bissell Pet Foundation' national Empty the Shelters event May 5-8, 2021!

Tuesday, 04 May 2021 11:16

KHS relies heavily on our volunteers to help save as many companion animals as possible each year. Whether it’s cleaning kennels, walking dogs, interacting with cats, fostering, transporting, photographing, stuffing envelopes, putting together yard signs, caring for horses, and on and on and on: KHS could not perform our life-saving mission without YOU! This is why we consider our volunteers to be superheroes!

Monday, 03 May 2021 11:31

UPDATE MAY 6, 2021: All adoption appointments for the Bissell Pet Foundation's national Empty the Shelters event are full and we are unable to take more reservations.


The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) is joining Bissell Pet Foundation’s national Empty the Shelters event May 5-8, 2021. Thanks to support from Bissell Pet Foundation, adoption fees will be lowered to just $25 for dogs and $10 for cats age one year and older at the KHS East Campus at 1000 Lyndon Lane and the KHS main shelter at 241 Steedly Drive in Louisville. 


Monday, 03 May 2021 11:24

One free night for stays before June 15

Looking for a caring pet boarding facility this summer? Entrust your four-legged friend to the animal experts at the Kentucky Humane Society Pet Resorts. Buy one night of boarding and GET ONE FREE for stays before June 15, 2021 (valid for new reservations).

You’ll rest easy while you’re away, knowing your pet is happy and secure. Our caring staff treat your pets like their own. And what makes our facilities truly special is that proceeds benefit shelter pets! That's why we say our Pet Resorts are "Mission Driven. Pet Approved."

Friday, 23 April 2021 15:57

The nationwide adoption campaign commences on April 26th, celebrated as Help a Horse Day, and runs through the end of May

The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) is participating in the first ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Adopt A Horse Month, a nationwide adoption event taking place throughout the month of May to help more equines find loving homes.

KHS along with over 170 additional equine adoption and rescue groups across the country have joined the campaign to promote the adoptable horses in their care and engage with their communities to raise awareness about equine adoption.

Friday, 23 April 2021 09:45

On April 23, National Lost Dog and Cat Awareness Day, Petco Love - formerly known as the Petco Foundation - launched Petco Lost Love, a new, searchable national database that uses patented facial recognition technology to make finding lost pets quicker and easier.

Friday, 16 April 2021 13:51

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.

Thursday, 15 April 2021 10:22

Every day, we see heartbreaking stories about Kentucky’s forgotten dogs, cats and horses, living in pain and struggling to survive. Animals like Rocky.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021 12:20

TO THE RESCUE! Cats like to find quiet places to have their babies – and their persistence in finding obscure places to give birth can surprise even the most experienced foster caregivers.

Our shelter veterinarian, Dr. Emily Bewley, took home a very pregnant cat so she could give birth in a home rather than the shelter. Mother Mayhem – as she’s since been named – proceeded to escape from her enclosure and crawled into the ceiling of the unfinished basement to have her kittens.

Monday, 12 April 2021 05:54

Pets are often afraid of fireworks – resulting in some dogs and cats becoming destructive or escaping and getting lost during celebrations.

To help prepare pets for this year’s Thunder Over Louisville on Saturday, April 17, the Kentucky Humane Society has a number of tips for owners.

This year’s Thunder Over Louisville will be spread out in five locations starting at 9:30 p.m. These locations will not be released until the night of the show, but Kentucky Derby Festival officials say they will be in the north, south, east and west of Louisville, as well as in southern Indiana. Officials also say the show will focus more on color and less on loud booms.

Thursday, 01 April 2021 07:02

Cox’s and Evergreen Liquors selling $10 raffles thru April 29

Feeling lucky? For just $10 a chance, you could take home SIX bottles of Pappy Van Winkle, the most sought-after bourbon in the world! Cox’s and Evergreen Liquors have partnered with the Kentucky Humane Society to give away the bottles during their spring 2021 Pappy Van Winkle charity raffle.

Monday, 22 March 2021 13:24

Get ready to leash up your walking buddy and join fellow animal lovers for the pet event of the year. Sign up today for this year’s VIRTUAL Waggin’ Trail Walk for the Animals and give shelter animals like Ethan a second chance at life! Our virtual charity walk takes place June 4-6.

Friday, 19 March 2021 16:16

Are you looking for the purrfect feline companion? Now is a great time to adopt!

Through March 27, you an adopt a cat one year or older for just $10 plus applicable licensing fees. The adoption special is valid at the Kentucky Humane Society's East Campus at 1000 Lyndon Lane and the Sam Swope Pet LTC (also called the Main Campus) at 241 Steedly Drive. 

Tuesday, 16 March 2021 14:02

Have you heard the incredible news? An anonymous donor has offered to match — dollar for dollar — every gift made to the Kentucky Humane Society before April 14, up to $30,000!

Tuesday, 09 March 2021 15:30

Ethan the rescue was adopted by his foster family on March 10, 2021! Watch the adoption celebration on Facebook Live.

Ethan was dumped dying at the Kentucky Humane Society on January 29. But against all odds – Ethan, whose name means "enduring" and "long lived" in Hebrew – not only survived, but he is now a happy, healthy dog who has become a symbol of hope and love for so many. 

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 12:51

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.

Friday, 29 January 2021 17:25

Join us March 10 at 11:10am (ET) for Ethan's Adoption Celebration!

We will be broadcasting Ethan's adoption celebration on Facebok Live. Learn more 

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,

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

Friday, 29 January 2021 13:38

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

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 09:32

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.

Thursday, 14 January 2021 05:00

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.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 08:43

Petey's Great Adventure! 

Monday, 11 January 2021 16:14

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.

Monday, 04 January 2021 14:33

Dine at Texas Roadhouse and make a difference in the lives of shelter animals! 

Wednesday, 30 December 2020 10:03

Every single day, the Kentucky Humane Society receives animals in urgent need of lifesaving care. But we couldn’t do it without your help!

Tuesday, 22 December 2020 14:56

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.

Monday, 21 December 2020 12:33

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.

Friday, 18 December 2020 13:00

Hope, Knox, Diamond and Lucius: Survivors of Horse Massacre Now Thriving!

Thursday, 17 December 2020 11:49

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:

Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:43

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.

Monday, 07 December 2020 12:22

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.

Monday, 07 December 2020 09:42

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!

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 11:42

Feline Festive? Your Chance to Win Great Prizes and Help the Animals!

Ready to get your shopping on and unleash much needed joy this howliday season? The Kentucky Humane Society is offering an online Pawliday Raffle and Photo Contest!

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 10:44

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.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 14:09

On Thanksgiving Day, all of us at the Kentucky Humane Society want to say "THANK YOU" for being a friend to the animals!

Thursday, 19 November 2020 14:41

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.

Monday, 16 November 2020 08:45

My name is Possum, and I wanted to say "thank you"!

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 11:05

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!

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:59

Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Annabelle Pike!

Wednesday, 04 November 2020 14:07

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.

Tuesday, 03 November 2020 13:27

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.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 10:44

Meet the tiny but mighty Possum!

Monday, 26 October 2020 12:05

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.

Thursday, 22 October 2020 11:25

It's National Make a Dog's Day! On October 22, 2020, Subaru and animal lovers around the world are celebrating their beloved companions.

Thursday, 22 October 2020 09:13

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.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 14:27

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.

Friday, 16 October 2020 12:50

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.

Friday, 16 October 2020 09:03

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!

Friday, 09 October 2020 13:01
Friday, 09 October 2020 09:33

Dogs and Babies: Preparing your pup for your new family member.

Friday, 09 October 2020 09:06

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.

Friday, 02 October 2020 10:29

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.

Thursday, 01 October 2020 12:16

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.

Thursday, 24 September 2020 09:11

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.

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 11:28

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.

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 11:07

Bobby Baumgardner has always been a special friend to animals in our community

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 10:48

Ann Leonard cares deeply about her dogs, Jack and Chloe.

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 09:58

John is an animal rescuer, a monthly donor, and a Lifelong Friend to the Kentucky Humane Society.

Sunday, 30 August 2020 11:22

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.

Thursday, 27 August 2020 11:28

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.

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 08:05

Celebrate National Dog Day with Us!

Monday, 24 August 2020 14:11

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.

Thursday, 20 August 2020 11:10

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!