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Kentucky Humane Society 125th Anniversary (KHS)

In this Et Cetera – a “paw”- sitively innovative local charity celebrates a milestone anniversary.

The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS), the state’s oldest and largest animal welfare agency, began in 1884. Founded by two Frankfort women, it was created to fight the abuse of horses.

In 1945, KHS merged with Louisville’s Animal Rescue League. This led to the official name “Kentucky Humane Society – Animal Rescue League.”

Today KHS is headquartered in Louisville and also serves Henry, Spencer and Trimble counties.

It is a non-profit organization, supported entirely by private and corporate donors. In addition, volunteers providing animal foster care and other services contribute more than 75,000 hours of assistance each year.

KHS offers rescue and safe haven services for needy and abused animals, conducts community education and behavioral training programs, and adopts out more than 6,000 pets each year.

A major addition to KHS came in 2007 with the implementation of the S.N.I.P. Clinic, which provides full-time, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries. The successful program averages 45 operations per day.

In an effort to better care for the animals, the KHS main campus is getting a facelift.

The Campus Improvement Project will add more shelter space and enhancements that will help improve animal health, reduce stress and create a warmer atmosphere for visitors. KHS expects to break ground in Spring 2009.

For more information on Kentucky Humane Society, its programs and how you can make a difference in the life of a homeless animal, please visit our web site.

Did you know:

  • Kentucky Humane Society is open to all admissions and is the only private, non-profit animal agency in Louisville to be so?
  • KHS is not funded by any national humane organization?
  • In 2007, KHS was awarded the highest overall rating by Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading charity evaluator? KHS is one of only nine state charities and the only animal welfare organization in Kentucky and Indiana to receive the four-star rating. KHS received this honor because more than 80 cents of every dollar generated goes directly to pet programs and services.
  • In 2008, KHS found homes for 6,018 dogs and cats? This set a new KHS adoption record for the 6th consecutive year.
  • KHS has a 70% adoption rate, which is more than double the national average?
  • KHS has eight permanent adoption locations, including seven Feeders Supply adoption sites in Fern Creek, Hikes Point, Okolona, Springhurst, St. Matthews, Valley Station and Clarksville, Ind.? Approximately 150 pets are available for adoption on any given day.
  • You can also view adoptable animals online?
  • About 30% of KHS’s adoptable animals are purebreds?
  • KHS plans to spay or neuter 17,000 animals in 2009?
  • The KHS Safe Haven program assists domestic violence victims by caring for their pets at safe locations while they receive shelter from abusive living situations?
Program 316
Louisville Life meets a woman who is both a fashionable mom and a district court judge, visits Glassworks flameworking and glassblowing studios, celebrates 125 years of the Kentucky Humane Society, finds out where Louisvillians indulge their sweet tooth cravings and more. (#316)