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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals

Mission: Khs advocates the humane treatment of companion animals through leadership and proactive solutions to pet overpopulation, including adoptions, education and spay/neuter efforts.

Programs: Adoptions - intake of stray and owned animals; adoption of animals to the general public; open 7 days a week; find home for companion animals and reduce pet overpopulation. 6,158 animals adopted; 1,191 animals turned to us by their owners; 838 stray animals taken in; 3,784 animals taken in from other shelters; 65 animals returned to their owners.

fern creek and eastpoint pet resorts - boarding, grooming and animal day care of owned pets. Supports mission of khs and care for companion animals.

snip clinic - affordable spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats serving louisville and surrounding counties. High-quality, high-volume surgeries designed to reduce pet overpopulation. Performed 9,642 surgeries in fy 2016-17

other services include dog training for owned pets, summer camp and workshops for children and teens, public education, and a free pet help line for local pet owners.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Sandy G. Lifelong Friend KHS

Why Kentucky Humane Society is the best!

It’s the state’s largest no-kill and adoption facility. They partner with nine of the locally owned Feeder’s Supply stores to provide additional adoption sites. KHS has provided over twenty years of adoption services. In 2017 over 6,100 dogs and cats were adopted and 9,500 dogs and cats were spayed or neutered. They truly are stewards to the animal community in helping reduce overpopulation.

Many volunteer options are available to persons of all ages. There are also Summer Camp offerings. Birthday parties can be arranged with children usually bringing their gifts for the animals!

I am a Lifelong Friend of KHS who has been adopting since 1968. My son and I currently have two awesome dogs, Stella and Scout.

All these things are possible through generous friends allowing KHS to continue their lifesaving mission.

Come be a part of the JOY of giving a voice to these innocent animals who have no voice.

Review from Guidestar

1 Denise F.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As Board Member of The Grey Muzzle Organization, I have had the pleasure of working with Kentucky Humane Society's PR & Marketing Director and Community Outreach Director for close to a year. KHS is a recipient of a Grey Muzzle Grant to help Senior Dogs, and I must say...they are organized, efficient and truly have a passion for helping the animals in their care. In their own words, they are "data geeks" in that they are on top of what is happening at their facility! KHS has been total transparent with us providing quarterly updates on how much has been spent, what needs have been met and for X number of senior dogs. They keep me in-the-know via our 4X annual phone meetings and more frequent emails, not to mention the great shares of success stories and photos! They know their community and appear to have budgeted the right amount to get them through the year helping as many senior dogs as possible. In addition to my role as overseeing KHS' Grey Muzzle Grant, I have 20 years of experience as a volunteer at various shelters/rescues and served as president of a large shelter volunteers as well as run my own animal education business, so I am familiar with the processes. With that said, I strongly feel KHS is a well-run organization that truly puts animals first.

Review from Guidestar


Client Served

Rating: 5

This place really cares about people and their animals!


Client Served

Rating: 5

I have received the greatest joy and gift of my life because of the efforts of the KY Humane Society. They rescued and nurtured my future best friend Chester, and for that one kindness alone, I owe them everything. I took one look at Chester on a picture on their website, and he connected a message with me more powerful that anything I've ever read in any literature or heard in human speech. And when I met him at his temporary home, all the guardians there poured out of their offices and openly wept at Chester's departure, an unforgetable moment in my life. I was overwhelmed by the depth of love I witnessed there for Chester, and when I visited the other rescues, I noticed that the animals all carried a radiance about them, no doubt in my mind, due to the love their guardians have fastend on every creature. I now pray every day the world would follow the example of the mission fo the KY Humane Society. - Reiner Goldring