Anderson Humane Society is a nonprofit society dedicated to serving the homeless and abandoned animal population of Anderson County Kentucky. AHS leads the community in elevating peoples' beliefs, attitudes and behaviors to enhance the quality of life for companion animals. We strive to grow AHS through growing participation from the community - increasing volunteers, donors and membership; building and maintaining a spacious, modern facility; and implementing and sustaining community-wide educational programs regarding pet care, humane treatment, low-cost spay/neuter, vaccination and licensing opportunities and the cost of unwanted and homeless animals.
The Anderson Humane Society is a private and independent organization formed under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS. Its funding comes almost entirely from tax-deductible donations and fundraising events. The Society's activities and affairs are governed by a nine-member Board of Directors who are elected annually.
Founded in 1975 by Ann Garrison and Virginia Holman, AHS's purpose was to serve as an organization committed to local stray animals. They sought out friends and family members to join them in making an official organization that would be completely committed to animal welfare. Membership grew and the Humane Society was incorporated in 1980. Since its inception, the AHS has not only served as a guiding force behind building two animal shelter buildings, but has also been providing animal care and welfare services for the animals of Anderson County. Until January of 2007, the Humane Society also assisted the County government with animal control services. With the creation of Animal Control by the County, the County government now handles all of the animal control issues of the County. The main focus of the Humane Society has been allowed to shift solely to animal welfare issues, adoptions, rescues, public education, and spay/neuter programs for the community.
Adoption Center Contacts
Donna Callahan, Director
Spay/Neuter Assitance Program (SNAP) Coordinator
Board of Directors
AHS Adoption Center
To report a stray/lost pet or animal welfare concern contact
Anderson County Animal Control
1410 Versailles Rd.
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Send mail to
P.O. Box 494
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
The Adoption Center
The Adoption Center is located at 1410 Versailles Road, 2.2 miles east of downtown Lawrenceburg, just west of the Wild Turkey distillery, on property shared with Anderson County's Road Department, Recycling Center, and the Anderson County Animal Control facility.
The Adoption Center is open from 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-12pm Saturdays. The Adoption Center is closed Sundays and holidays.
Dog housing includes twelve indoor kennels where they spend some time during the day and are kept at night plus outdoor yards where they are allowed to run and play during the day. Cats and kittens are kept inside. They are mostly housed in cages and enclosures, though friendly and vetted adults are allowed free range of our office and lobby areas and will be the first to greet you.
The Adoption Center is next door to Anderson County Animal Control, which accepts abandoned and stray animals. After a 7 day holding period, the animals at Animal Control are eligible for transfer to the Adoption Center as space permits. Animals awaiting transfer are available for adoption though they will not be ready for their new homes until they are transferred and have seen the veterinarian.