Surrendering 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. You have a number of choices, and surrendering your pet to KHS is just one of them.
Please see our resources page for alternatives to pet surrender.
As a private, nonprofit agency, KHS has made a commitment to save every healthy, behaviorally sound pet who comes through our doors and to never euthanize a pet because of lack of space. Because of this commitment, there may times when we are unable to accept every pet due to space limitations. When this occurs, we will schedule an appointment for the next available opening or do our best to help owners find alternative solutions. Learn more about our commitment to pets
The Admissions Process
We accept the surrender of stray and owned cats and dogs by appointment. Please call (502) 366-3355 to schedule an admissions appointment.
Phones are answered seven days a week from 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Please be aware that we received a very high volume of calls. It may take 24-48 hours to receive a call back.
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.
Your appointment should take approximately 30 minutes. You should bring the dog/cat owner questionnaire, all medical records for your animal, and a photo ID of yourself. Your animal will receive a health and temperament evaluation and one of our admissions counselors will go over your owner questionnaire with you. The information you provide will help us place your pet in the right home.
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
- 2-5 kittens = $45
- 6-10 kittens = $55
- 2-5 puppies = $45
- 6-10 puppies = $75
We understand how difficult it can be to surrender a pet. That's why we offer the STAR (social media, television, and/or radio) program. Through this optional admissions program, you can assure that your cat or dog will be a featured "pet of the week" on local media, which provides positive exposure that can help your pet get adopted faster. Plus, all STAR fees help support KHS mission programs. Learn more about the STAR Program.
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.
Make Your Pet a STAR
The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) understands how difficult it can be to surrender a pet. That’s why we offer the STAR (social media, television, and/or radio) program. Through this optional admissions program, you can assure that your cat or dog will be a featured "pet of the week" on local media, which provides positive exposure that can help your pet get adopted faster. Plus, all STAR fees help support KHS mission programs.
Benefits of the STAR Program
- Cats and dogs enrolled in STAR (social media, television and/or radio) are featured as "pets of the week," helping them get adopted into loving homes faster.
- Your dog's canine behavior evaluation (4 months or older) is completed while you wait.
- You are able to monitor your pet's progress while they are at the Kentucky Humane Society.
- KHS will let you know within 24 hours when your pet has been adopted.
- You are able to reclaim your pet any time they are in our care at no charge.
- Should your pet be deemed unadoptable, you will be given a 24 hour notice and will be able to reclaim your pet.
- Dog or puppy: $75
- Litter of 2-5 (dogs/puppies): $100
- Litter of 6-10 (dogs/puppies): $125
- Cat or kitten: $75
- Litter of 2-5 (cats/kittens): $100
- Litter of 6-10 (cats/kittens): $125
When you make an appointment for admissions, please express your interest in the STAR program. KHS only has one admissions location, its main facility in South Louisville. View directions and hours of operation.
If you have additional questions, view our frequently asked questions or call (502) 366-3355.