The agency is proactively seeking to reduce the kennel population by reuniting stray animals and their families during the busiest time of year for animal shelters

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) announces all redemption fees waived for unclaimed stray animals at LMAS shelter until July 31st, to avoid overcrowding or euthanasia due to lack of space in the kennel. A generous donation from the nonprofit Friends of Metro Animal Services (FOMAS) has waived fees for owners concerned about the cost of retrieving their pets.

“We have entered the shelter’s busiest time of year and despite regular transfers of pets to animal rescue organizations, we continue to see an increase in the number of stray animals typically associated with summer months, ”said Ashley Book, interim director of the LMAS shelter. “Our goal is always to determine the best outcome for these pets and, more often than not, to reunite them with their owners. Unfortunately, the cost of claiming a pet at the shelter often deters owners from coming – and that’s not what we want, or what’s best for the animal.

This is the second time this year that FOMAS has committed to providing funds to help citizens who cannot cope with the added financial burden of redemption fees. The first donation led to a happy reunion for nearly 100 pets and their families.

“We are grateful to have an organization like FOMAS that works year round to raise funds to support our shelter. When we are faced with shelter overcrowding, we have options that would not be possible without the contributions of FOMAS and its commitment to helping the lives of animals, ”said Book.

Redemption fees are waived from July 1st July 31st. Owners can claim their impounded pet from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the LMAS Animal Shelter, located at 3528 Newburg Road.

  • Redemption fees will only be waived for pet owners without any prior violations and will cover microchip, license and vaccination fees.
  • Legal costs will not be waived.
  • LMAS will not keep an animal impounded due to its owner’s inability to pay and will work with owners who have outstanding balances and wish to get their pet back.

Redemption fees are set by the Louisville Animal Ordinance and do not include the cost of the required vaccinations that each incoming animal must receive for the safety of all animals in the shelter. Local animal laws also require that animals be allowed, microchipped and spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter. For the Animal Ordinance and a list of buy-back fees, visit

FOMAS supports LMAS and its many lifesaving initiatives through fundraising and public donations. If you would like to make a donation to help citizens in need of financial assistance during the recovery of their pet at the LMAS shelter, visit

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