JUNE 11: Adoption Center FULLY REOPENS!

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for…starting June 11, we’re taking a big pounce back toward “normal!” Here’s what that looks like. 

IF YOU RECEIVE OUR PAW PRINTS NEWSLETTER: The newsletter has to be written more than a month in advance of its mail date, and as such, the summer issue you will receive in early June includes the reopening plan we had drafted prior to the CDC’s big change in guidance. The information on this page is up to date and current.


  • Per the governor’s lifting of the mask mandate, masking will no longer be required. However, if you feel more comfortable masking, you are certainly welcome to do so.
  • Please continue to be mindful and respectful of each others’ space. Our facility is not roomy, and when we are busy it can be challenging to avoid close contact with others.


  • No appointments required or offered to adopt or visit! This means you can stop by anytime during business hours, but it also means the pet you’re interested will not be on hold for you, so feel free to call and check on availability.
  • You can browse! You do not have to choose a pet to meet before your visit. Guests will be allowed to walk through the kennel and cattery.
  • You will not be required to submit an adoption application prior to your visit. However, if you choose to do so it will make your visit more efficient, so please feel free.
  • Casual visitors will be welcome again, we will not be limited to serious adopters.


  • Contactless drop-off will still be available for anyone who prefers it, but you will also be able to come in the front door like the good old days.


  • Welcome back! If you have already completed a volunteer orientation, you can resume volunteer activities right away. As a reminder, all 14-17 year old volunteers must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian at all times.
  • If you have NOT attended a volunteer orientation, you will need to do so before you can volunteer. Our monthly volunteer orientations will resume on June 22, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Adoption Center. Space is limited; email Shelby to sign up. You are also welcome to re-attend an orientation if you need a refresher after a year away.
  • Volunteer activities off-site are still on hold while we phase this program back in.


This year’s Gala will be another toned-down affair. We will be reprising 2020’s Summer Gala To Go with Keeneland’s famous bread pudding served curbside, as well as bringing back the Silent Auction and the Feeding Frenzy raffle.

This was a difficult decision, but a necessary one. The Summer Gala requires a solid 5 months of planning each year, and even a month ago the pandemic landscape looked very different than it does today. So much uncertainty simply made it impossible to commit to a huge event and risk losing funds instead of raising them.

With all that in mind, we hope you’ll join us for one more year of casual fun for a great cause before the Summer Gala returns in all its glory! Tickets go on sale June 1 – and go ahead and mark your calendar for July 23, 2022 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.

Any or all restrictions previously in place may be reinstated if it becomes necessary (we really, really hope it doesn’t). As always, our first priority is the health and safety of everyone: pets, staff, volunteers, and visitors. 

Phone: 859-873-5491
Fax: 859-873-0301


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