Founded in 1954, The Humane Society of the United States celebrates animals and confronts cruelty—to all animals, not just dogs and cats. We take on the biggest transformational fights to stop large-scale cruelties, such as animal fighting, puppy mills, factory farming, and the wildlife trade. We will pass anti-cruelty laws in every nation, end extreme confinement of farm animals in cages, stop cosmetic testing on animals, halt cruelty to wildlife, and transform the landscape for pets in poverty. We and our affiliates also care for more than 100,000 animals each year, through our rescue teams, sanctuaries and wildlife centers, free veterinary care for low-income pet owners, and other life-saving programs.

The HSUS is approved by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance for all 20 standards for charity accountability, and was named by Worth Magazine as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities. For more information, you can read our annual reports and financial statements, as well as check out our latest accomplishments for animals.

The Muhlenberg County shelter was established in 1949 as a nonprofit, and became a partner of the Humane Society in the early 1980’s. In 2012, the facility itself was renovated; the existing building was refurbished, and new additions were made to assure that the animals had a comfortable amount of living space.

Our staff is committed to the well-being of animals in Muhlenberg County. Each animal is given plenty of living space. The cleaning practices were updated, assuring that dogs, cats, and more eat, sleep, and play in a sanitary and healthy environment. A renewed effort was made to help rescues who have nowhere else to go, as Muhlenberg County does not have an animal control office. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost to adopt?

  • Cats and Kittens                $80
  • Dogs and Puppies            $100
  • Adoption fees cover spay/neuter and first rabies shot. All adopted animals are required to be spayed or neutered. Out of town adopters are responsible for getting the animal spayed or neutered and rabies shot; and required to email, fax, or mail proof of vetting.


How do I apply to adopt?

  • Potential adopters must fill out an application completely. The staff will call landlords, veterinarian and any other important contacts. You will be notified by the staff if you are approved to adopt and animal from our shelter. Application available under adopt tab or at our facility.


How do I surrender an animal?

  • You will have to fill out a form at the shelter to surrender an animal. Please provide any and all veterinarian records that are available. There is a processing fee of $25.00 for surrendering a stray animal and a fee of $50.00 for surrendering an owned animal or a pregnant animal / litter.


How do I reclaim an animal?

  • Our reclaim fee is $25-50 for the first time the animal is in our care and is $100.00 for the second time.  There will be a $25 fee added each subsequent time the animal is in our facility after the second time. You must bring in proof of ownership and proof of current rabies vaccine. If pet is not current on rabies shot you must schedule an appointment with a veterinarian before the pet will be allowed to leave the shelter and you also must bring proof of rabies shot back to the shelter. If the pet's rabies shot is not up-to-date, a mandatory appointment is made at Dr. Berry's office for rabies vaccinations per Kentucky state law.


I have an emergency. Are you Animal Control?

  • The M.C.H.S. is not an animal control office. We do not have the resources or staff to address every animal related incident in the county. We only pick up strays at businesses and those that are posing a physical threat to people. If you see animals in distress, please call dispatch. 


I found an injured animal. Can you pick them up?

  • The M.C.H.S. is not a veterinary office; while our staff does have veterinary training, we do not have the resources to treat injured animals that need proper medical care. As such, we cannot pick up injured animals; please contact a proper vet.


I’ve lost a pet. What do I do?

  • Fill out the lost and found animals form on our website; we will post your animal’s information on our channels.



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