Animal Shelter

Leon Federle Animal Control Director

Animal Control Director

Leon Federle

266 Kentucky Street
Shelbyville, Kentucky 40065

​Phone: (502) 633-0009
Fax: (502) 647-9214

Hours of Operation

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Holiday Schedule​​​​​​​​​​​

Serving Our Community for Happier, Healthier Animals!

The Shelby County Animal Shelter was recently rated a 'Model Shelter' in a study by a group of Veterinary Students from Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Kentucky! The students spent the summer of 2016 visiting all of Kentucky’s 90 County Animal Shelters. You can view the presentation students showed to the Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board in Frankfort,  'Current Status of Kentucky County Animal Shelters​' or read an article about it from the Sentinel News, 'Shelby animal shelter receives A rating'​.

Our Animal Control and Shelter Staff are ready and equipped to help whenever you need us.  Our mission remains the same: to safeguard the health and safety of our citizens, while humanely housing and caring for our animals, protecting the animals in our community from neglect and providing information concerning responsible pet ownership; all in accordance with Kentucky Revised Statutes and the Shelby County Animal Ordinance.

Click here for an Animal Shelter Brochure​ with more complete information on how we can help when you are licensing a pet, considering adopting a new pet, looking for a rewarding volunteer experience, need to report a lost, stray or hurt animal and much more! You can also check out Friends of Shelby County Animal Shelter on Facebook​      

 Have Time and Love Animals?

Animal Shelter Volunteer Handbook Be A Volunteer...

Helping means more than cleaning up 
after the animalsNmatter what your
passion or skill level, we can use your 
help! Click the photo to read and 
complete a Volunteer Application/Handbook. 
You can also check out our Pet Wish List
for other ways you can make difference.

Pet Adoption Application

 Adopt A Healthy Friend...​

Spay/Neuter, Updated Shots/Rabies,
Heartworm Test and Microchips are
included with all Dog or Cat Adoptions!
Visit the Animal Shelter or click photo
to the left to view the pets we have
available for adoption now! 

Pet License Application 

Get Legal...​

All dogs, cats and ferrets in Shelby County
4 months and older, are 
required by
tate and Local law to be vaccinated for
Rabies and have a current 
county license.
Licenses can be purchased anytime at the
Animal Shelter, at clinics held throughout
the year and in some Veterinarian offices.


Helpful Information and Printable Forms