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Address and hours of operation

LMAS Harshaw Family Foundation Animal Shelter:

3528 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40218
Monday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed Sundays and some holidays


Animal House Adoption Center:

3516 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40218
Monday - Sunday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Fridays: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Closed some holidays

502-473-PETS (7387)

Adoptable animals

LMAS has the largest selection of adoptable pets in need of loving, forever homes. Please browse our current adoptable pets and consider saving a shelter animal!


LMAS mission statement

The Department of Animal Services has a fundamental mission to protect public health and safety, ensure the humane treatment of  domesticated animals and provide quality, professional service to the public. LMAS serves as an authority in domestic animal welfare by creating and preserving a safe and humane community for both people and domesticated animals. LMAS strives to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable animals in Louisville Metro through education, community engagement, enforcement and leadership efforts.


LMAS core values

What the department provides to residents to fulfill its mission and help meet Louisville Metro Government’s 5 strategic objectives.

* Animal Care & Sheltering - To ensure the health, wellness and humane care of the animals in the care and custody of the Department of Animal Services.

* Field Services, Enforcement, & Rescue - To protect and serve the citizens and animals of Louisville Metro through response, education, collaboration and enforcement.

* Community Engagement - To educate and inform the public of all ages about animal-related issues including responsible pet ownership, the humane treatment of animals and adoption. Engage the community through education, collaboration and volunteerism to support animal welfare.

* Animal Adoption & Placement - To care for the homeless and abandoned animals in our care and custody and to secure a permanent, loving home for every healthy adoptable animal in our care.

* Administrative & Licensing - To provide quality, professional customer service to the citizens of Louisville Metro.

Equity Impact Statement

Metro Government Equity Statements (PDF) - This document contains all equity statements for Metro Government departments.  You can search for Animal Services within the document (Ctrl-F for Windows / Command-F for Mac)

Who’s who?

  • Ozzy Gibson, Director
  • Adam Hamilton, Interim Director, Animal Control Lieutenant
  • Jerry Foley, Deputy Director
  • Justin Franklin, Assistant Director
  • Katherine Laird, Executive Administrator
  • Hannah Forner, Animal Control Lieutenant
  • Stephanie Jackson, Public Information Officer
  • Andrew Goeing, Operations Supervisor
  • Adoption Supervisor
  • Allen Gerlach, Animal Care Supervisor
  • Shannon Riley, Rescue Supervisor
  • Jade McLean Foster Coordinator   
  • Kristin Mueller, Volunteer Coordinator



LRR – Live Release Rate

LMAS maintained a Live Release Rate over 90% at the end of 2022.
The live release rate was 97% for dogs and 95% for cats.

Increased Pet Adoptions

LMAS found homes for 2,639 animals in 2022.

Lost Pets Reunited with Owners

In 2022, LMAS reunited 1,313 animals and their owners.

Temporary Foster Homes

LMAS placed more than 1,200 shelter pets in foster homes until they could be adopted or transferred to a rescue. 

Animal Control Service Requests

Animal Control has a 99% response rate to priority one service requests within one hour.

View our Annual Report Here


Community Cat Ordinance – passed in April 2012

The Community Cat Ordinance, passed by the Louisville Metro Council, allows LMAS to return stray cats to the area where they were found, after being vaccinated, altered and ear tipped. The ordinance decreased the number of cats picked up as strays by Animal Control.  It is now “OK” to be a community cat.  This treat and release program has also decreased the number of kittens being born in Louisville.

Improved community relationships

Rescue groups
Interagency collaborations such as the LMPD liaison program with the ACOs
Veterans groups
Metro Council Town Halls

Improved agency image in the community

Improved media relationships
Public education events and activities in the community
Social media    
Increased level of transparency at all levels of the agency wherever possible

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