Pet Resources

LMAS strives to increase pet retention so that less pets become homeless shelter animals. We understand caring for a pet can come with setbacks and frustrations. You may even get to a point where you feel like rehoming your pet is the only option.  At LMAS, we believe pets are happiest with their family and we are here to assist in any way we can, so you don't have to give up a beloved pet.

Please explore community pet resources before trying to surrender your pet...

Behavioral Issues 

Kentucky Humane Society's Free Pet Help Line:
Offers free, over-the-phone behavioral advice and referrals.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (502) 509-4PET [4738]

Best Friends Website:

ASPCA Website:
Suggestions, tips, and tricks for training and  troubleshooting behavior issues in pets.

Medical Assistance 

Community Cat Help

Spay/Neuter Help

Louisville Metro Animal Services
Offers referrals to pets at risk of being surrendered to LMAS.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (502) 574-5546
KHS Free Pet Help Line
Offers referrals to local veterinary clinics.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (502) 509-4738
Pet Food Assistance 
  • No Kill Louisville Pet Food Bank
    First and third Saturdays of the month, 12-3 p.m.; Appointments available 12-4 p.m.
    630 Bruce Ave, Louisville, KY, 40208
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: (502) 536-8738
  • My Dog Eats First
    Distributes pet food at Yellow Lot, Waterfront Front Park every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
    Phone: (502) 694-2746
  • Kentucky Humane Society
    Our Pet Food Bank is currently CLOSED. We are working hard to secure more pet food to help those in need,
    so please check back often to see when we will reopen our Pet Food Bank.
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: (502) 509-4PET [4738]

Other Pet Resources

Rehoming your Pet

If after seeking community resources and you still need to rehome your pet, you can do using Rehome. is a trusted non-profit organization and their dedicated team of pet experts offers you support throughout the process of rehoming your pet. They offer expert advice and safe meeting zones to provide a safer alternative to online classifieds. To get started visit Rehome and follow these steps:

  1. Create a profile for the pet you are needing to rehome
  2. Review adoption applications 
  3. Meet adopters
  4. Final

Other rehoming websites include:

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 Harshaw Family Foundation Animal Shelter, located at 3528 Newburg Rd., during business hour or online:

Dog Pet History Form
Cat Pet History Form
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. You can also contact the intake office.

Owners who surrender a dog will be charged a $45 impoundment fee. For owners who surrender a cat, there will be a $35 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 Harshaw Family Foundation Shelter is closed Sundays.

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