Adoption FAQ

Where can I adopt a cat or dog from the Kentucky Humane Society?

KHS dogs and cats are available for adoption at our East Campus at 1000 Lyndon Lane and our Sam Swope Pet Treatment & Lifesaving Center (also called the Main Campus) at 241 Steedly Drive in Louisville. In addition, KHS partners with Purrfect Day Cafe – a cat cafe in the Highlands – to offer feline adoptions. View adoptable cats and adoptable dogs and learn how to schedule an appointment. 

View directions and hours of operation.

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How do I adopt a cat or dog at the East Campus or Main Campus?

Potential adopters can stop by the KHS East Campus at 1000 Lyndon Lane or the Sam Swope Pet Treatment & Lifesaving Center (also called the Main Campus) at 241 Steedly Drive during normal business hours. East Campus is open for adoptions Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm and weekends 10 am-5 pm. The Main Campus is open Tuesday-Friday 11 am-5 pm and 11 am-4 pm on Saturday. Adoption counselors are happy to assist families in finding their perfect pet match. Masks are not required but are strongly recommended for visitors who are not vaccinated.

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How do I adopt a cat from Purrfect Day Café

Adoptable cat

Meet your new furry companion at Purrfect Day Café, Louisville’s first cat café. Mix and mingle with Louisville’s most eligible adoptees, all while sipping on your favorite beverage! Schedule your appointment to “purr, play, sip” at their website and learn more about their policiesPDC provides a destination experience that includes fun and cuddly interactions with adoptable cats/ kittens, at one time.  Since opening in August 2018, PDC has found homes for over 3,000 KHS cats, while also being one of KHS’s largest annual donors! NOTE: There is a $15 appointment fee which is separate from an adoption fee.

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How much is the adoption fee and what does it include?

Cat adoption fees range from $30 to $125, and dog adoption fees range from $100 o $350. The adoption fee includes spaying/neutering, microchipping and microchip registration, up-to-date vaccinations, one free month of PetFirst Pet Insurance and more than $200 in KHS and Feeders Supply coupons. It does not include $10.50 for any applicable Jefferson County licensing fees.

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I already have a dog at home. Can I bring him to meet the dog that I want to adopt?

Absolutely! We strongly encourage “meet-and-greets,” where you bring your resident dog to meet the dog you plan to adopt. An adoption counselor will assist you with the dog-to-dog introduction. Unfortunately, we cannot do any off-site “meet-and-greets.”

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Why do you have different adoption fees for the animals?

We determine each pet’s adoption fee based upon their age, breed and suitability with children and other pets, as well as other factors. Dogs and cats with a higher adoption fee leave a financial legacy for those animals who need extra help – whether they need extensive medical care or just a little more time to find a loving home.

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How many pets do you adopt out each year?

In 2020, KHS found homes for more than 5,500 dogs and cats.  We are proud to be the state’s oldest and largest pet adoption agency.

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How long do pets remain up for adoption?

At KHS, there is no “time limit” for cats and dogs who are up for adoption, and we find homes for every adoptable pet under our care. Some pets are adopted within a few hours, while other pets remain in our care for months.

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How many pets do you have up for adoption? What if I don’t find a pet?

On any given day, KHS has approximately 60 pets available for adoption. We have one of the widest selections of cats and dogs in the area, so don’t despair if you haven’t found the right pet for you just yet – you may find him or her tomorrow!

View pictures and profiles of adoptable cats and adoptable dogs in need of homes. Our online listings for adoptable pets are updated automatically in “real-time” throughout the day.

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Do you adopt out purebred cats and dogs?

Absolutely! Approximately 20% of our adoptable pets are purebreds or “designer breeds.” Since new pets are made available for adoption every day, we encourage you to check our adoptable dogs and adoptable cats pages often.

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