2022 Waggin' Trail Festival for the Animals

About the Kentucky Humane Society

Our Mission

The Kentucky Humane Society is a champion for companion animals. Through leadership, education and proactive solutions, we are creating more compassionate communities.

Our Vision for the Future

KHS envisions a day when every companion animal is given the care, resources and lifelong home they deserve.

Our Commitment to Pets

The Kentucky Humane Society will never euthanize a pet due to a lack of space.

We are committed to saving every healthy, behaviorally sound animal we take in.

    Our Core Values

    Core values are the fundamental beliefs that our staff live by every day. These guiding principles highlight what the Kentucky Humane Society stands for.

    • Always Pawsitive: Embracing optimism at all times with animals, ourselves, each other and our community.
    • Compassion Matters: Meeting everyone with an open mind, kindness and respect.
    • Inspire Others: Encouraging collaboration, perseverance and dedication for our mission.
    • Ever-Evolving: Leading the change our communities need.

    Our Life-Saving Efforts

    Our success is measured in the number of dogs, cats and horses we save – through adoption or placement in another rescue, or those who are returned to their owners.

    • In 2020, 5,508 dogs, cats and horses ultimately were adopted. Thanks to our amazing supporters, 3,286 cats, 2,150 dogs and 72 horses found new homes. This includes 90 animals who were transferred out to other rescues.

    Our Programs
    • Adoption: KHS finds loving homes for thousands of cats and dogs per year through its two adoption sites in the Louisville area: the East Campus at 1000 Lyndon Lane and the Sam Swope Pet Treatment & Lifesaving Center (also called the Main Campus) at 241 Steedly Drive. We also offer feline adoptions at Louisville's first cat café, the Purrfect Day Café. All KHS pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, wormed, given flea preventative, heartworm tested, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Learn how to adopt here.

    • S.N.I.P. Clinic: In a typical year, the KHS S.N.I.P. Clinic (Spay/Neuter Incentive Program) spays or neuters more than 12,000 dogs and cats – helping reduce pet overpopulation and eliminate future animal suffering. Since opening in 2007, the S.N.I.P. Clinic has spayed or neutered more than 150,000 pets. This has helped lead to a decrease in the number of cats and dogs surrendered to our city’s shelters. Our community has seen a more than 50% decrease in the number of local animals admitted to Louisville shelters since 2007.

    • Love 120 Program: Thanks to a three-year grant from the Arnall Family Foundation, in 2019 KHS launched its Love 120 pilot project, with the goal of positively impacting companion animals in all 120 Kentucky counties. Through Love 120, KHS provides targeted spay/neuter surgeries, mentoring to local shelters and pet adoption to help reduce pet suffering in rural Kentucky communities. Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter is one of three initial communities that has received intensive support from KHS since the program launched in 2019. Through our Love 120 project, we have had a KHS staff person embedded at the shelter for the last three years, and we have provided almost 1,000 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and 2,000 wellness services to local pets and transported more than 1,600 shelter animals to KHS for adoption. We were heartbroken to see this community we love and know so well shattered by the December tornado and rushed to provide support. Learn more.​
    • Pet Help Line: Our Pet Help Line, 502-509-4PET (4738) provides free pet-related advice to anyone in our community. The Pet Help Line, which is funded by grants from Banfield FoundationDogs Trust Worldwide and other generous funders, is designed to help keep pets in their homes and out of shelters by giving pet owners the tools they need to have great relationships with their pets. KHS experts provide advice for common behavior problems and help pet owners connect with local pet resources, such as pet-friendly apartment guides, local pet food banks, behavior trainers, and rescues for other species. The Help Line also schedules appointments for owner-surrendered dogs and cats.
    • Equine C.A.R.E.: Our Equine C.A.R.E. (connect, assist, rescue & educate) Program focuses on helping Kentucky’s at-risk horses. Equine C.A.R.E.’s focus areas include moving horses from crisis into safe homes or rescue, providing online re-homing services to horse owners who can no longer keep them, matching available horses with adopters, implementing gelding and wellness clinics, and making educational tools and resources available to our equine community. 
    • Behavior Training for Owned Dogs: KHS offers a variety of training opportunities designed to keep pets in their original homes and out of shelters. KHS’s behavior trainers are professionally trained and certified. We offer a wide-range of classes from puppy and basic manners, to classes for dog-reactive dogs and shy dogs, canine sports classes such as agility, and even group therapy sessions for special issues. KHS instructors use only positive reinforcement techniques, and classes are taught at locations throughout Louisville.
    • Pet Resorts: The KHS Eastpoint and Fern Creek Pet Resorts offer safe, comfortable boarding for owned cats and dogs. Pet owners can choose from a rustic setting with outdoor trails at our Fern Creek Pet Resort or luxury lodging for pampered pets at our Eastpoint Pet Resort. All-breed grooming, á la carte activities and Doggie Daycare are available at both locations. Not only do we keep pets safe, healthy and happy while their owners are away, but all proceeds from the pet resorts support KHS’s lifesaving mission, benefiting less fortunate pets.