About Us


Looking for the animals at the Shelby County Animal Shelter?

Effective December 1, 2013, The Shelby County No Kill Mission will handle all animal adoptions.  Please visit www.petfinder.com/shelters/KY382.html for a listing of all the pets available.

Donations for the animals.

Thanks to the help of the Shelby County No Kill Mission, we are now holding our very own in house spay and neuter clinics. We are doing this to ensure that all of the animals adopted from our shelter are spayed/neutered prior to going to their new home. We feel this is going to have a great impact on the overpopulation problem we face.

We need your help.

Donations are needed to keep this clinic going.

We are in great need of blankets, towels, 70% rubbing alcohol, gauze pads, betadine to be used in the clinic.

We can also use donations of dog food (no Ole' Roy, please), cat food (wet and dry), collars and leashes for the dogs, cat liter, trash bags, paper towels, and bleach to help with the daily care of the animals while they wait for homes.

All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt to use with your taxes.

Your donations can be shipped or delivered to the Shelby County Animal Shelter at 266 Kentucky Street in Shelbyville, KY 40065. For help, you can email Kelly at Scnkm01@gmail.com


Adopting A Friend

Adopting a friend

Anyone interested in adopting or rescuing an animal from our shelter should  e-mail us at  scnkm01@gmail.com, or come to the shelter in person.

We do have an adoption process including an application. We make every effort ensure a direct adoption is a good placement. We work with the potential adopter to find the right pet for their home.

Dogs and puppies may be adopted with an approved adoption application for only $150 for dogs 1 year and over and $200 for puppies

Cats and kittens may adopted with an approved adoption application for only $50 for cats over 1 year and $75 for kittens. Ask about our 2 for 1 specials and specials on barn cats.

We also offer sponsored animals!

Thanks to the Shelby County No Kill Mission, spay/neuter, updated shots/rabies, heartworm tested/FELV tested and microchips are included with all dog/cat adoptions.

Please email the following for an application:

Puppies & Dogs: Shelia at scnkm01@gmail.com

Kittens & Cats: Kelly at Scnkm01@gmail.com



Who We Are

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 random source. The Shelby County No Kill Mission tries hard to ensure the animals adopted from our shelter are healthy and free of undesirable temperments. They aggressively pursue solid adoptions and work with rescue groups, both purebred  and others. They do not charge a pull fee for reputable resuce groups. Receiving rescues will be responsible for all vetting and transport of the animal(s) being pulled.

We are working towards keeping Shelby County a no-kill county!   In order to achieve this goal, Shelby County No Kill Mission works with the Shelby County Animal Shelter.  e 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 become a no-kill county! Please consider donating/sponsoring an animal at Shelby County Animal Shelter. Click on the button below to contribute to this worthy cause!


Be A Foster Parent!!

Thanks to the Shelby County No Kill Mission, our animals now have the opportunity to be in a foster home, while they await adoption. 

We need your help to make this program a success. If you would like to become a foster parent/family for one of our precious furkids, please contact Shelia, Shelby County No Kill Mission Foster/Adoption Coordinator at the following:

Email:   scnkm01@gmail.com

We take care of food and all medical care.  You provice the safe and loving home, while they await adoption.  This is a very rewarding experience. 

Come Visit Us

Come Visit Us!

There are 2 exits to Shelbyville from Interstate 64.

If you use Exit 35 on the east end of town, you will be on Hwy 53 going north toward Shelbyville when you exit the Interstate. Stay on Hwy 53 until you come to US 60, and go left (west). This will become a one-way street, Washington. At 10th St., take a left. Pass Main St. Pass Henry Clay. Then you will see an angled road to the right which is Kentucky St. Take Kentucky St. After you go over the rail road tracks, you will see Tap's Feed on your left, and then the Shelby County Animal Shelter.

If you use the exit on the west end of town, you will take 32B, which goes north. You will be on Hwy 55. Stay on Hwy 55 until you come to US 60, and you will merge right onto US 60. Stay on US 60 until you see the Dairy Queen on your right. At the next intersection (there's a light) take a right on Mack Walters Rd. After you go over 2 sets of rail road tracks, you will take a left onto Kentucky St. Kentucky curves and meanders a bit, but after you pass the county road department on your right, you'll come to the Shelby County Animal Shelter, also on your right.

Office Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 A.M. - 7 P.M.
Wednesday: 10 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Thursday: 10 A.M. - 7 P.M.
Friday: 10 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Satuday: 10 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Sunday: Closed

Call ahead for available Holiday Adoption Hours.

Shelby County Animal Shelter
266 Kentucky Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Phone: 502-633-0009
Fax: 502-647-9214

Click here for a list of pets at this shelter

Contact Shelby County Animal Shelter