About Our Shelter

Together we can make a difference

Humane Society of Northern Kentucky is not a Shelter or a Rescue. We do not have a brick-and-mortar building.
However, we do work closely with Pendleton County Shelter to support the care of the animals housed at the Shelter along with pets in the Pendleton County area.
If you’re interested in adopting a forever friend please contact Pendleton County Animal Shelter Information . If you have lost a pet, please contact the Shelter to see if they have been picked up and taken to the safety of the Shelter.

Pendleton County Animal Shelter Information



Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


1314 Bryan Griffin Road
Butler, KY. 41006

Phone Number

(859) 472-5400



The Pendleton County Animal Shelter is located in Butler, KY, of Northern Kentucky about half way between Cincinnati, OH, to the north and Lexington, KY, to the south.  The Pendleton County Animal Shelter operates in accordance with Animal Control Ordinance 841.0(928KB), which was adopted and placed in force on June 3, 2008 by the Pendleton County Fiscal Court. The Pendleton County Animal Control Officers are authorized to carry out their duties through the County Animal Control Ordinance 841.0 (928KB) and/or Kentucky Revised Statue 258.

The Pendleton County Animal Shelter, located at 1314 Bryan Griffin Road, Butler, is an open-door shelter that accepts stray dogs and those that are surrendered by their owners. Because the shelter is an open-door facility, it accepts dogs regardless of age, temperament, health, or adoptability.

The Humane Society of Northern Kentucky is dedicated to providing financial assistance that benefits the dogs in the care of the shelter.

As a Pendleton County government department, the shelter’s operations are primarily funded by tax dollars. The shelter’s public funding is very limited; therefore, the shelter also relies on donations from generous members of our community to care for the homeless pets at the shelter. Your donations to the nonprofit Humane Society of Northern Kentucky www.humanesocietynky.org  will allow the shelter to continue providing valuable programs to homeless animals in our community.

If you are interested in adopting a dog from the shelter, please click here to visit the shelter’s page on Petfinder. Please note that the shelter has limited hours and the animal control officer may be away from the shelter on an emergency. It is recommended that you call (859) 472-5400 before visiting to ensure that the shelter is open to the public.

The shelter gladly accepts donations of gently used blankets and towels and unopened cat and dog food. For more information on making in-kind donations to the shelter, please call the shelter at (859) 472-5400. The shelter welcomes volunteers who are at least 18 years of age. Volunteers must complete an application, a background check and volunteer orientation.

If you have lost a dog in Pendleton County, please contact the shelter at (859) 472-5400 to determine if your dog is at the shelter. Making sure that you pet always wears an ID tag and has microchip identification is the best method for ensuring your pet’s safe return in the event that it is lost.