1. Spay and Neuter
Spaying and neutering is the number one way you can help pets in our community. By ensuring your pet is not adding to pet overpopulation, you’ll prevent future suffering—and your pet will have fewer behavior issues. If your pet is already spayed or neutered, encourage your friends and family to alter their pets.
2. Choose the Adoption Option
If you are looking for a cat or dog, please make adoption your first option. KHS takes in thousands of needy pets a year. Chances are, we have exactly the type of cat or dog you’re looking for! If we don’t, keep checking our website, as we add newly adoptable pets on our website every day. If you still can’t find what you want, check other animal shelters or breed rescues. By adopting instead of buying a pet, you give a needy pet a second chance.
KHS is a 100% local, nonprofit organization. We are not an affiliate or branch of any national animal welfare agency—so when you give to KHS, you are assured that your money stays in our community, helping local animals. And you are assured we will use your donation wisely. Charity Navigator and Worth Magazine has ranked KHS one of the top 10 most fiscally responsible charities in the nation.
KHS has more than 400 volunteers who do everything from walk dogs to socialize cats, work events to answer phones. They even proofread this magazine and take photos of adoptable pets—and play Santa for “Picture Your Pets with Santa”! Together, they donate more than 300,000 hours a year. That’s equal to more than $2.4 million in free services! Our volunteers find the experience to be rewarding, as they know they are positively impacting pets.
Love pets but can’t adopt a permanent addition? Become a foster parent! Our 180+ foster parents take pets into their homes temporarily—usually just for a few weeks or months. They help “expand our shelter walls” by providing temporary housing to 1,300 pets a year. Animals who need foster care include mother cats and dogs with their nursing babies, orphaned kittens and puppies, pets recovering from illness or surgery, and very shy pets who don’t do well in shelters. By becoming a foster volunteer, you’ll directly help a needy pet and also make room for another pet to come into our shelter.
6. Attend or Host a Benefit for KHS
KHS has fun events throughout the year that raise money for our pets. These include Picture Your Pets with Santa, Dog Day at the Park, Tuxes & Tails Benefit Gala and Waggin' Trail Walk for the Animals. Or consider hosting a benefit for KHS. Our supporters have hosted car washes, lemonade stands, sports competitions, bake sales, garage sales, silent auctions, Wish List supply drives, benefit nights at restaurants or shops—you name it, they've probably done it!
7. Teach Kids to be Good Pet Guardians
Help create a more humane future by teaching children to be pet ambassadors. Have your child's next birthday party at KHS, or encourage your child to become a KHS volunteer. Kids as young as 10 can volunteer with a parent or guardian. Or teach your child the importance of giving. Once your child has raised money or gathered supplies from our Wish List, call KHS and ask for a tour of our Main Campus or East Campus. Your child will have the satisfaction of knowing that he or she is directly helping needy pets.
8. Get Involved in T-N-R
Have community, unowned cats in your neighborhood? Become a caregiver by giving them food, water, shelter—and most importantly, getting them spayed or neutered at the S.N.I.P. Clinic or through Alley Cat Advocates’ Big Fixes. T-N-R (trap-neuter-return) is humane and ensures cats already in our community can live out their lives without creating more kittens.
9. Report Animal Abuse
If you know of an animal who is being abused or neglected, contact your county's agency that has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute cruelty complaints. In Jefferson County, that is Louisville Metro Animal Services, 502-363-6609. If you live in another county, contact animal control or the sheriff's office.
10. Tell Others About KHS
Spread the good news about what KHS is doing for pets! You can share this issue of the Paw Street Journal with friends or neighbors. Or tell them why you are a KHS supporter. Your experience will spark others to learn more about KHS.
Interested in learning more about KHS? Attend Pet Tales, a monthly "lunch and learn" at the Main Campus. At Pet Tales you'll get to meet staff and pets, hear about KHS' programs and impact—and tour the facility, from Admissions to Adoptions. Call 502-515-3147 for info.