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Pet Service

Pet Surrender


How to surrender your petSurrendering your pet to a sheltering agency should be considered a last resort. Please consider all available alternatives prior to contacting the KHS Admissions Office. This may include rehoming your animal with a friend, relative or neighbor, or you may wish to contact our free Pet Help Line, 502-509-4738, for other resources.


Is your recent adoption from KHS not working out? 

Learn about our "Perfect Pet Match" Exchange Program, which gives adopters a 14-day adjustment period to evaluate the pet’s progress and their adoption decision.


The Admissions Process

We accept the surrender of stray and owned cats and dogs by appointment. Please call (502) 366-3355 to inquire about an admissions appointment.

Phones are answered seven days a week from 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Please be aware that we receive a high volume of calls. It may take 24-48 hours to receive a call back.

Before we can schedule a admissions appointment, you will be asked to complete an online owner questionnaire for each of your pets. This questionnaire will be received by our [email protected]. A Pet Help Line representative will get in touch with you to clarify any details, discuss all possible options available to you, as a pet owner, and when applicable, set up the surrender appointment. Please click on the approriate link below to complete the form.

To ensure a speedy adoption process, it is helpful if your pet is clean and well groomed, with nails trimmed; free of parasites, such as fleas, ticks, and ear mites; and up-to-date on vaccines.

Once the appointment is scheduled and the date arrives, expect your appointment to take approximately 30 minutes. You should bring all medical records for your animal, and your photo ID.

Learn about Admissions


Admissions Fees

Because KHS is a private nonprofit agency, KHS charges a small admissions fee for surrendered pets. This fee helps cover food, boarding and medical costs. It costs KHS approximately $250 to provide care for each animal that comes to us, so we welcome any donation you are able to make in addition to the admissions fee.

Dog / Cat
  • $40
Kitten Litters
  • 2-5 kittens = $45
  • 6-10 kittens = $55
Puppy Litters
  • 2-5 puppies = $45
  • 6-10 puppies  = $75



Unadoptable Pets

There are some circumstances where animals cannot be placed up for adoption. These include:

  • When animals show signs of aggression or severe behavior problems during administration of a nationally recognized temperament test. Please be aware that an animal that is friendly in your home may react differently towards strangers in the stressful shelter environment.
  • When a veterinarian, after examination, determines the animal is too ill to be adopted.

In cases when pets are deemed unadoptable, the owner or finder can choose to be notified and can pick up the pet. Learn about our Euthanasia Policy


Safe Haven Program

The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) and the Center for Women & Families established the Safe Haven program in 2001 to help care for the pets of domestic violence survivors.

Sadly, many people in an abusive relationships delay leaving their spouses or partners due to fear that they may hurt or injure their animal companions. But, KHS is here to help by offering a "safe haven" for their pets.

While these survivors seek help and shelter from abusive living situations, KHS provides a safe, anonymous home for their beloved dogs and cats. This program not only provides a safe place for the pets, but also helps puts the family at ease, knowing their furry friends will receive care and love until they can be reunited.