Pet Resources

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.

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.

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



                    (502) 509-4PET [4738]


  • Saving Sunny Pet Behavior Assistance

Offers in-home behavior support




  • ASPCA Website

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


Medical Assistance 

  • Community Cat Help

Provides referrals for community cats with illness or injuries

Alley Cat Advocates



(502) 634-8777


  • Spay/Neuter Help

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

KHS S.N.I.P Clinic

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the backlog in appointments, the S.N.I.P. Clinic is not taking new appointments until further notice. We encourage you to contact your full-service      veterinarian to schedule a spay or neuter surgery for your pet. If you cannot afford veterinary care, please call our Pet Help Line at 502-509-4738. Assistance is limited, so              you will need to speak with one of our Pet Resource Counselors to see if you qualify for assistance.



(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 



(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



                    (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 



                    (502) 694-2746


Other Resources

  • Pet Friendly Apartment Guide


                    (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 



  • Shamrock Pet Foundation

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


                    (502) 585-3220


  • Woodstock Animal Foundation

                   Finds new homes for surrendered pets



Preparing for a Pet

  • Pet Friendly Rental Guide   

                   Find pet friendly housing in your area

                   Click here for more info



  • Guide for First Time Pet Owners 

                     Advice and tips for first time pet owners       

                     Click here for more info



  • 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



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 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 Animal Care Center is closed Sundays.

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