Pet Resources

Louisville Metro Animal Services is not accepting owner-surrendered, large breed dogs. LMAS may be able to accept small, owner-surrendered pets by appointment only. LMAS does not accept other owned animals.

LMAS is not required by law or ordinance to take any owner-surrendered pets. This process of accepting owner-surrendered pets by appointment, called managed intake, is an effort to better serve the hundreds of stray animals we are tasked with finding homes for and reduce Euthanasia.

Last year, more than 1,300 pets were surrendered to LMAS for a variety of reasons, from behavioral issues to lack of funds for medical care and food. LMAS strives to increase pet retention so that less pets become homeless shelter animals. If you are considering surrendering your pet, please explore your options first. There are a number of community resources to help you keep your pet.

Surrendering your pet to an overcrowded shelter could result in a negative outcome for your pet or another pet in the shelter, so please exhaust all options before making the decision to do so. Understand that there are a lot of animals in our community that may need our help more than your own animal. 

Please explore community pet resources before surrendering your pet...

 

Behavioral Issues 

  • Kentucky Humane Society's Free Pet Help Line

                    Offers free, over-the-phone behavioral advice and referrals

                    Email: kyhumane.org/help

                    Website: helpline@kyhumane.org

                    (502) 509-4PET [4738]

 

  • Saving Sunny Pet Behavior Assistance 

Offers in-home behavior support

Website: www.savingsunnyinc.org/

Email: behavior@savingsunny.org

 

  • ASPCA Website

Suggestions, tips, and tricks for training and for troubleshooting behavior issues in pets 

www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/common-cat-behavior-issues

www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/common-dog-behavior-issues

 

Medical Assistance 

  • KHS Healthy Pets Program

                    KHS S.N.I.P. Clinic

                    Offers low-cost vaccines, flea/tick/heartworm preventatives 

                    Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., no appointment needed

                    2445 Crittenden Drive, Louisville 

                   Website: kyhumane.org/snip

                    Email: snip@kyhumane.org

                    (502) 636-FIX1 [3491]

 

  • Community Cat Help

Provides referrals for community cats with illness or injuries

Alley Cat Advocates

Website: alleycatadvocates.org

Email: contactus@alleycatadvocates.org

(502) 634-8777

 

  • Spay/Neuter Help

Discounted spay/neuter surgeries; free spay/neuter for Pit Bulls

KHS S.N.I.P Clinic

Website: kyhumane.org/snip

Email: snip@kyhumane.org

(502) 636-3491

 

  • Louisville Metro Animal Services

Offers referrals to pets at risk of being surrendered to LMAS

(502) 574-5546

 

  • KHS Free Pet Help Line

Offers referrals to local veterinary clinics 

Website: kyhumane.org/help

Email: helpline@kyhumane.org

(502) 509-4738

 

Pet Food Assistance 

  • No Kill Louisville Pet Food Bank

                    First and third Saturdays of the month, appointment only 

                    3135 Commerce Center Place, 40211 

                    Website: nokill-louisville.com

                    Email: petfoodbank@nokill-louisville.com

                    (502) 536-8738

 

  • Church of the Advent Pet Food Bank

                    Third Saturday of the month, 9-11 a.m. 

                    901 Baxter Ave. 40204

                    (505) 451-6066

 

  • My Dog Eats First 

                    Provides assistance to the homeless and needy 

                   Website:  mydogeatsfirst.org

                    Email: info@mydogeatsfirst.com

                    (502) 694-2746

 

Other Resources

  • Pet Friendly Apartment Guide

                    kyhumane.org/resources

                    (502) 509-4PET [4738]

 

  • Saving Sunny 

Their monthly Community Dog Resource Center (CDRC) offers pet food, pet supplies (leashes, collars, nametags), medications, spay/neuter vouchers and transportation, and in-home behavior assistance as an alternative to surrenduring your pet. 

*The CDRC is open the last Saturday of every month from 11 am until supplies are gone

Beechmont Community Center, 205 W. Wellington Ave 

Website: Savingsunnyinc.org

 

  • Shamrock Pet Foundation 

Provides programs such as spay/neuter, public education and adoption events

                    Website: shamrockpets.com

                    (502) 585-3220

 

  • Woodstock Animal Foundation 

                   Finds new homes for surrendered pets 

                   Website: woodstockanimalfoundation.org 

 

Preparing for a Pet

  • Pet Friendly Rental Guide    

                   Find pet friendly housing in your area

                   Click here for more info

                   Website: zumper.com

 

  • Guide for First Time Pet Owners   

                     Advice and tips for first time pet owners         

                     Click here for more info

                     Website: www.1800petmeds.com 

 

  • Seniors with Pets & Assisted Living  

                    Benefits of seniors living with pets and resources for those that are considering assisted living

                    Click here for more info

                    Website: www.caring.com

 

If after considerable effort, you’ve been unsuccessful in re-homing your pet, you can request to surrender your pet to Louisville Metro Animal Services by filling-out and submitting a Pet History form.

You can complete the Pet History form in-person at the LMAS Animal Care Center, located at 3705 Manslick Rd., during business hour or online:

Click here for the Dog Pet History Form
Click here for the Cat Pet History Form
Click here for the Non-Cat/Dog Pet History Form

Once LMAS has reviewed the pet history form, a staff member will contact the owner to discuss the best options for the animal. 

Owners who surrender their pets will be charged a $25 impoundment fee. There may be additional medical costs depending upon your animal's veterinary records. Any animal determined by LMAS to be stray, sick, injured or aggressive will be accepted immediately, without an appointment. 

Receiving hours for stray, sick, injured or aggressive animals are from Noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The LMAS Animal Care Center is closed Sundays. 

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