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Please come see us and adopt your new best friend today! The Shelby County Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter located in Shelbyville, Kentucky. "No-kill" means animals stay with us or in foster homes until they are adopted. No animal is euthanized unless it is medically necessary. Our work includes rescue of homeles animals, pet adoptions, a spay/neuter program and humane education. It is our goal to provide these services to the best of our ability in the hope that we can significantly reduce the number of unwanted and homeless animals in our community, as well as educating the public about responsible pet ownership. We gratefully accept donations and any volunteer time you have to offer.

The Shelby County Humane Society is a group of people who love animals. We are a society because we share these common beliefs:

  • We believe it is morally wrong to kill companion animals just because there are "too many of them".
  • We believe that it is part of the responsibility of all human beings to be kind and take care of animals. Consequently, if there are more animals than homes, we have a responsibility to control the population by spaying and neutering these animals so they do not continue to multiply.
  • We believe that it is reasonable to require by law that people take care of their animals, which includes providing proper housing, veterinary care and having them spayed and neutered unless they are excellent specimens of their breed and being bred with the intention of improving their breed.
  • We believe that the humane way to handle feral cats is to trap them in live traps, spay/neuter and vaccinate them to be returned to an area where someone has agreed to feed and watch over the group.
  • Our vision is to build a facility that will provide a safe haven for lost, abandoned and displaced animals. We hope that it will be a place where all animal lovers can come to see the animals in a cageless environment which is centered on the physical and emotional needs of the animals and the people who love them.



Every time you search the web, use the GoodSearch button at right and they will make a donation to our organization to help us help the animals. How nice is that?

If your pet is LOST, please call us AND the Shelby County Animal Shelter (502-633-0009) as soon as possible! State law requires our county shelter to hold dogs for five days before overcrowding forces them to be euthanized.

Why spay or neuter your pet? Spaying or neutering your pet can prevent or decrease the possibility of prostate disease, breast and other types of cancers and other health related, life shortening dilemmas. It also saves lives by preventing unwanted litters that might otherwise end up abandoned and neglected. This is one of the most important things you can do to stop the unnecessary killing of companion animals.

Why should your pet be microchipped? Making sure that your pet is microchipped offers you the best chance of recovering them if they become lost or if a disaster (such as Hurricane Katrina) strikes. The microchip is a form of automatic ID technology that allows your pet's personal information to be logged into a database complete with contact information, which allows you to be reunited with your pet in a timely fashion.

To find out more about spaying, neutering, vaccinations or microchipping your pet, please visit our Clinic page!

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