Woodford Humane Society

Versailles, Kentucky

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About Woodford Humane Society

Woodford Humane Society is a non-profit animal adoption center located in Versailles, Kentucky. They provide housing and care to homeless and unwanted pets and have welcomed thousands of animals since they were founded in 1975.

Woodford Humane Society takes in all animals in need, regardless of their health, age, or breed. No time limit is placed on how long a pet can stay. With no government funding, they rely solely on donations and private contributions to care for approximately 1,000 animals each year. If you visit Woodford Humane Society on any given day, you'll meet 100-200 animals available for adoption and hoping to find their forever homes.

Contact Info

265 Thomas Lane
(859) 873-5491
Website: woodfordhumane.org

Hours of Operation

Tue - Fri: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon: Closed

Adoption Process

Woodford Humane Society tries to keep the adoption process as straightforward as possible. But, like every pet and every adopter, each adoption is a little different. Read the steps below to know what to expect:

  1. Select a pet. Adoptions counselors are ready, willing, and able to help you select the right pet for your family! You can browse their online listing of adoptable pets or simply stop by the adoption center to meet some furry friends.
  2. Spend some time getting to know an animal before you decide to adopt. If you have any questions or want to spend time one-on-one with an animal, the staff will be happy to help by providing insight into each animal’s behavior, training, energy level, likes, and dislikes to help you make a good match.
  3. Complete an adoption application. Applications are designed to help staff make sure they’re matching the right pet to the right home.
  4. Wait for your application to be reviewed.
  5. Once your application is approved and you’ve paid the adoption fee, you’ll typically be able to bring your new pet home the same day.

Woodford Humane Society offers two options for adopters.

  • Foster to Adopt: This is strongly recommended for adopters with children or other pets at home. It allows you a one-week trial period to make sure that your adoptee is genuinely a good fit for your home. This includes getting along with your pets and/or kids, having the right energy level, meeting your training needs, etc. If all goes well, your adoption will be finalized. If you decide your adoptee is not a good fit, bring the animal back. You can either adopt a different pet or have your adoption fee refunded.
  • Finalized Adoption: Although foster to adopt is recommended, you’re always welcome to finalize your adoption outright. The adoption fee is non-refundable for finalized adoptions, and your adoption will be processed in full the day you adopt.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Woodford Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 1 year): $120
  • Adults (1+ years): $100
  • Seniors (7+ years): $60
  • Small breed (under 25 lbs, full-grown) or purebred dogs: Additional $20


  • Kittens (up to 1 year): $50
  • Adults (1+ years): $25
  • Seniors (7+ years): $20

Small Animals

  • Rabbits: $45
  • Guinea Pigs: $20 (or 2 for $30)
  • Ferrets: $100

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, deworming, microchipping, a starter bag of food, and a coupon for a veterinary exam following adoption. It also includes vaccinations (FVRCP and rabies for cats and DHPP, bordetella, and rabies for dogs), FIV/FeLV testing for cats, and heartworm testing for dogs.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Woodford Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

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