In response, KHS is lowering adoption fees to just $40 on all dogs 40 pounds or more and on select smaller dogs Dec. 7-14. The goal of the “Homes for the Howl-idays” Adoption Special is to find homes for more shelter dogs before Christmas, according to KHS spokesperson Andrea Blair.
“Normally in December, the number of animals who need our help slows down, but we’re seeing an increase this season – particularly dogs from Kentucky’s municipal shelters,” Blair said.
“KHS is the largest destination shelter in the state, which means when county animal shelters are overcrowded, they often ask us to help by taking their homeless animals into our adoption program. Unfortunately, we can only help when we have the space, so every adoption truly helps us save more lives.”
Approximately half of all pets at KHS originate from overcrowded animal shelters throughout Kentucky, according to Blair.
“Whether you choose to adopt from KHS or another shelter, we encourage everyone to make adoption their first option when adding a pet to their family,” said Blair.
Dogs that are part of the $40 special will be identified on the KHS website, www.kyhumane.org/dogs. Adoptions will take place at the KHS East Campus, 1000 Lyndon Lane, and at KHS adoption centers at nine local Feeders Supply stores.
While adoption fees are reduced, the adoption process remains the same. Families will fill out an application and meet with an adoption counselor to ensure every pet finds the right home. All pets are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and up-to-date on vaccinations. Jefferson County residents also pay $10.50 for pet licensing, and donations are gratefully accepted.