About Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association
About Our Shelter...
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association (SBCHA) was formed in May, 1978. It is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization that is funded by contributions and fundraising events.
Up until 2002, animals were kept in many foster homes across the county until new homes were found. Since that time, a shelter has been opened, but foster homes are still used. All the animals in the care of SBCHA have been examined by a licensed veterinarian, are up-to-date on vaccinations and those that are of the appropriate age, have been spayed or neutered. Many are also micro-chipped.
SBCHA is totally separate from the Shelbyville Animal Control run by the city and the Bedford County Animal Control run by the county. However, these agencies try to work together for the well being of the animals.
Our mission at SBCHA is to improve the welfare of all animals in our community through various avenues. We strive to educate the public in responsible pet ownership, the importance of spay/neuter and to give voice and shelter to all the unwanted, abandoned, abused animals in our community.
Come Meet Our Pets...The shelter is open Monday- Saturday from 9am until noon, After noon and Sundays are by appointment only. Please remember that some of our animals are in foster homes so if you have a particular animal in mind, it is advisable to call the shelter and inquire about the animal's location and make an appointment to meet the animal.
Our Adoption Process...
We are dedicated to placing puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats in loving, responsible homes. It is our goal to place animals in homes where they will live for the rest of their lives as valued members of the family. To that end, all potential adopters are required to fill out an adoption application and are carefully and extensively interviewed so that they may be matched with a pet which will fit both their expectations and lifestyle.
We do not do same day adoptions. Generally, it takes 3 to 5 business days for an adoption to be approved. Once an application is submitted, the board of directors will review it, call the potential adopters veterinarian** to verify that any animals already in the home are kept up to date on vaccinations and are spayed or neutered. We do not adopt to homes with animals that aren't spayed or neutered unless there is a medical issue preventing surgery. If you rent your home, someone will also call your landlord to verify that pets are allowed on the property. Then someone will call the applicant for a phone interview and to set up a meeting with the animal of interest. If all goes well, the adoption is approved and in most cases you can take your new pet home that day.
We ask for a minimum donation of $100 for puppies, $75 for adult dogs and $65 for seniors (over 7 years).
For cats of any age, we ask for a minimum donation of $50.
** In the event that a potential adopter does not have a veterinarian, a home visit may be done.