Agency pro-actively seeks to reduce kennel population by reuniting stray pets and their families during the busiest time of year for animal shelters
Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) announces all redemption fees are waived for unclaimed stray pets at the LMAS shelter through July 31st, to prevent overcrowding or euthanasia for lack of kennel space. A generous donation from the non-profit organization, the Friends of Metro Animal Services (FOMAS) made it possible to waive fees for owners who are concerned about the cost to reclaim their pet.
“We’ve entered the shelter’s busiest time of year and despite regular transfers of pets to animal rescue organizations, we continue to see an uptick in stray pets typically associated with the summer months,” said Ashley Book, Interim LMAS Shelter Director. “It’s always our goal to determine the best outcome for these pets and most often, that’s reuniting them with their owners. Unfortunately, the cost of claiming a pet from the shelter often deters owners from coming in - and that is not what we want, or what’s best for the pet.”
This is the second time this year FOMAS has stepped up to provide funding to help citizens who cannot face the additional financial burden of redemption fees. The first donation resulted in the happy reunions of nearly 100 pets and their families.
“We are grateful to have an organization like FOMAS working year-round to raise funds in support of our shelter. When we are facing shelter overcrowding, we have options which would not be possible without the contributions of FOMAS and its commitment to helping animals’ lives,” said Book.
Redemption fees are waived from July 1st - July 31st. Owners can claim their impounded pet from 12-6pm Monday-Friday, and from 12-3pm Saturdays at the LMAS Animal 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 not keep a pet impounded due to its owner’s inability to pay and will work with owners who have outstanding balances and want to reclaim their pet.
Redemption fees are set by the Louisville Animal Ordinance and do not include the cost of required vaccinations every incoming pet must receive for the safety of all animals in the shelter. Local animal laws also require pets to be licensed, microchipped, and spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter. To view the animal ordinance and a list of redemption fees, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/animal-services.
FOMAS supports LMAS and its many life-saving initiatives through fundraisers and public donations. If you would like to make a donation to help citizens in need of financial assistance when reclaiming their pet from the LMAS Shelter, visit www.fomaslou.org.