LMAS Shelter Nears Max Capacity, Redemption fees waived for Unclaimed Stray Pets through Feb. 15

January 18, 2022

Agency aims to avoid kennel overpopulation or Euthanasia, and increase the number of stray pets that are returned to their owners

Louisville, Ky. (January 14, 2022) – In an effort to avoid surpassing capacity, Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) announces waived redemption fees for owners who claim their stray pet at the LMAS Harshaw Family Foundation Shelter, thanks to funding provided by Petsmart Charities.

“The best outcome for the majority of stray pets at our shelter is to be reunited with their owners,” said, Teeya Barnes, LMAS public information specialist.  “Not only is that the best outcome for the pet emotionally and mentally, it’s the most cost-effective outcome compared to rehoming an unclaimed pet.”

It Is not uncommon to see an increase in unclaimed stray pets at the shelter during winter and after the holiday season. Combined with the COVID-19 pandemic and historic inflation, pet owners may not have the financial means to reclaim their pet. Even when they know for certain their pet is at the LMAS shelter, they don’t come in for fear of being unable to pay the bill.

 “Most people don’t have extra money laying around after the holidays, so the start of the new year is already a tough time financially for many families. Combine that with the economic impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it’s more likely a stray pet will go unclaimed because the owner is worried about the bill’ said Ashley Book, LMAS interim shelter director.

In 2021, LMAS returned 1,064 pets to their owners compared to 945 reunions in 2020. Redemption fees are set by the Louisville Animal Ordinance and help pay for the care pets receive when they enter the shelter. By law and for the safety of all animals in the shelter, they must be vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered. LMAS also provides food and medical care during a pet’s stay. To view a list of impoundment fees, visit: louisvilleky.gov/animal-services.

Redemption fees are waived through February 15th.  Owners can claim their impounded stray pet, Monday-Saturday from 12-6pm, at the LMAS Harshaw Family Foundation Shelter, located at 3528 Newburg Road.

Redemption fees will only be waived for pet owners with no previous violations, and cover microchipping, licensing and vaccination fees. Court fees will not be waived. LMAS will work with owners who have outstanding balances and want to reclaim their pet.


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