Urgent Need for Adult Dog Adopters and Fosters

Kentucky Humane Society is full – asks the public to give homes to dogs

LOUISVILLE KY, JUNE 8 – The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) is in urgent need of adopters – as well as foster homes – for medium and large dogs. The nonprofit animal shelter has run out of room for adult dogs and is pleading with the public to help.

“KHS is facing the same crisis that almost every other animal shelter in the country is currently experiencing,” said Sara Rehfeld, KHS Shelter Operations Director. “Every single adult dog kennel is occupied, and we are unable to take in more dogs if we don’t have the space. The best way people can help is to open their hearts and homes to adopt or foster. We have so many wonderful dogs that are looking for families to love.”

To get more dogs adopted faster, KHS is waiving adoption fees on all dogs forty pounds or more June 9-12. All dogs are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and up-to-date on vaccinations. View adoptable dogs at www.kyhumane.org/adopt/dogs/ and visit KHS adoption centers:

  • East Campus, 1000 Lyndon Lane, Louisville KY 40222. Adoption applications are processed between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends.
  • Sam Swope Pet Treatment & Lifesaving Center (also called the Main Campus), 241 Steedly Drive, Louisville KY 40214. Adoption applications are processed between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends.

KHS also has a critical need for foster caregivers to provide temporary homes for adult dogs. Caregivers can foster for as little as a week or as long as a month or two. KHS provides all the necessary supplies and can work around caregivers’ vacation schedules.

“Fostering is a rewarding way to give animals a break from the shelter and make space,” said Rehfeld. “Some of our foster parents have animals of their own at home, and others are without pets and enjoy having a foster animal from time to time for companionship and to make a difference for that one animal.”

Foster applications can be filled out at foster.kyhumane.org. Once caregivers sign up and go through an online orientation, they will be ready to be matched with a dog that suits their households. Caregivers receive support from KHS and access to a private Facebook group where foster parents share photos and ask questions of other caregivers.

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