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Shelby County Animal Shelter

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

266 Kentucky Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065
(502) 633-0009

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The Shelby County Animal Shelter is the animal shelter for Shelby County Kentucky run by Shelby County Fiscal Court. We are the enforcer of state and county ordinances and we do all the abuse cases in the county. We take in all unwanted animals in our county by owners and running loose. We do temperament testing. We aggressively pursue solid adoptions and work with rescue groups, both purebred groups and generic.

About Our Shelter:

The Shelby County Animal Shelter is located at 266 Kentucky Street, Shelbyville, KY, 40065.

We are an open admissions animal shelter for Shelby County. We are governed by the Shelby County Fiscal Court and operated by Shelby County tax dollars. We accept all unwanted and stray animals in our county. We also perfom all neglect and abuse investigations for Shelby County.

The animals at our shelter are from a random source. We try hard to ensure the animals adopted from our shelter are healthy and free of undesirable temperments. We aggressively pursue solid adoptions and work with rescue groups, both purebred groups and generic. We do not charge a pull fee for reputable rescue groups. Receiving rescues will be responsible for all vetting and transport of the animal(s) being pulled.

We are working towards making Shelby County a no-kill county. In order to achieve this goal, Shelby County No Kill Mission is working with Shelby County Animal Shelter. The first step to achieving our no-kill goal is to have all animals at Shelby County Animal Shelter vetted and spayed/neutered. By doing this, the chances of adoptions and rescues increase significantly. This also will prevent accidental or unwanted litters of animals in the future.

Please help Shelby County STAY a no-kill county! Please consider donating/sponsoring an animal at the Shelby County Animal Shelter. Click on the link below to contribute to this worthy cause!

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Come Meet our Pets:

The Shelby County Animal Shelter is open Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 7 pm, Wednesday & Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm. And, we are open on Saturdays from 8 am - 4:30 pm.

Our Adoption Process:

Anyone interested in adopting or rescuing an animal from our shelter should contact the shelter either by phone at 502-633-0009, e-mail us at or come to the shelter in person. We do have an adoption process including an application. We make every effort to ensure a direct adoption is a good placement. We work with the potential adopter to find the right pet for their home.

The adoption cost for a dog is $65. Kittens and cats are $40. This includes the spay or neuter, heartworm testing, vaccinations & microchip!

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.