Thank you for considering The Nelson County Animal Shelter to help you find your next companion pet.

We are happy to help connect our adoptable pets with loving homes. Please review our adoption process. If you have any questions, please call or email our adoption office at 502-348-1885 or email us using the button below.

Adoption Process

An adoption application is required prior to adoption approval. Once an application is submitted it will be reviewed as soon as possible. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Once an application is approved, our staff will contact the adopter to schedule a time to meet the pet. If the meeting goes well and the animal is ready to go home the adoption may be completed at that time. If the animal is still in need of veterinary services, the adopter will need to return to pick up the pet once the services are completed. Please be aware, we have the right to decline adoption applications. If we determine the animal is not a good fit for a home during an adoption meeting, we will decline adoption for that animal. Our primary goal is to place our adoptable pets in safe, loving, compatible, and responsible homes. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this process!

Fees & Policies

Adoption Fee

Our adoption fee is $160 per pet* and covers the veterinary services the animal receives.

Cats: Spay or Neuter, Feline Aids/Leukemia testing, vaccines, flea prevention, deworming, microchip

Dogs: Spay or Neuter, heartworm testing, vaccines, flea prevention, deworming, microchip

*Adoption fees are non-refundable.


If you are no longer able to keep a pet you have adopted from us we will gladly take them back. Our adoption contract states that the pets are to be returned if ever they are in need of a new home. Please call our adoption office to schedule an appointment to return a pet you have adopted.


Adoption Office Hours

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: By Appointment
Tues, Thurs: 11am-1pm


2391 New Haven Rd.
Bardstown, KY 40004

Adoption Hours

Mon-Fri: 12pm-3pm
Sat by appointment

Animal Control Hours

Mon-Fri: 8am-4:30pm
Sat: 8am-2pm



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