Please bear with us as we try to keep our staff and clients safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the precautions for COVID-19, we are asking your cooperation with some procedure changes.  Our doors will be locked at all times.  If you wish to adopt a pet, or drop off a pet for relinquishment, please call us at 502-349-2082 to make an appointment before you come. Our hours are subject to change without much notice. When you arrive, call to let us know and we will let you in.  Ideally, people seeking to adopt must complete an online adoption application and need to be pre-approved to be allowed in. Children may visit a potential adoption pet inside with adult supervision.  Only two people besides our staff are allowed inside at one time.  Please do not come if you are ill.  You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon arrival and departure.  Please maintain 6 feet of separation from our staff at all times. ALL people entering our facility must wear masks at all times or be denied entry.

Medical and surgical appointments will be received at the spay/neuter clinic with the same precautions followed as above.  The technical staff may advise you to wait in your car until more space is available inside.  Please be sure that your pet is adequately restrained to prevent escape or injury.

You cannot get coronavirus from your pets! 

Welcome to the Nelson County Humane Society
2391 New Haven Rd., Bardstown, KY 40004

Humane Society Hours: Open to the Public
Our hours vary. Please contact us by calling 502-349-2082 or text us at 502-317-9578.

Board and General Membership Meetings
All meetings are held in the County Animal Shelter (formerly Humane Society Building) at 6pm and are about one hour in length.  Everyone is welcome!
February 3, 2022
May 5, 2022
August 4, 2022
November 3, 2022


The Humane Society of Nelson County is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation which was formed in 1994. This organization cares for all sick and injured animals that find their way to the Nelson County Animal Shelter.  The Nelson County Animal Shelter is run by the county government.  Caring for sick, injured and immature animals is beyond the scope of what they can do.  We offer the care these animals need until they are ready for adoption.  These animals are housed in the homes of foster families. Adoptions are managed almost exclusively by the Animal Shelter, not the Humane Society.

We also provide spay/neuter for shelter animals and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for low income pet owners, offer behavioral modification and training information to help keep pets in their homes, offer humane education materials and visits to local schools and other organizations.  We provide transport for animals going to rescue groups in and out of state. Call us at 502-349-2082
or email

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If you’re a senior considering adopting a pet in Bardstown, Kentucky, there are certain things you can do to make the transition easier for both you and your newfound best friend.


Nelson County Animal Control and Protection is an agency of county government that serves our community by enforcing our local ordinance, responding to animal-related complaints, protecting the public from animals running at large, and picking up stray/lost companion animals. 502-348-1865.

Nelson County Animal Control Hours:
Open 8 – 4 weekdays and 8 – 2 Saturdays.
For after hours emergencies call
Nelson County Dispatch at 502-348-3211.

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