There are many ways to volunteer with our humane society. Below are contact persons for various types of volunteer activities.

Animal Shelter
Spay-Neuter Clinic
Julie Duncan

You must be 14 or older and have a parent or guardian’s permission to work at the shelter if you’re under 18. Adult volunteers can drop in any time between 10 and 2, Monday through Saturday. If under 18, an orientation session is required before volunteering. Orientation is held the second Saturday of each month, at 10 a.m., and lasts about an hour. Adults are also welcome and encouraged to attend, but attendance is not required. Your main job is “animal enrichment,” interacting with the dogs and cats.

Annual Yard Sale

Gailyn Brock, or Mary Jo Abell,

The yard sale is held twice a year, and requires a great deal of work in a 2 or 3 day period.

Humane Education/Pet Therapy  

Judy Butcher,

Visits are made to schools and assisted living facilities. Most people prefer to take their own pets, if suitable for such work, but occasionally a shelter pet may be taken. School and community groups also visit the shelter to take a tour, learn about responsible pet ownership, and see the pets.

Transportation of pets to rescue and placement groups 

Lisa Powell,

Volunteers are often needed to take cats and dogs to distant facilities that assist our shelter in finding new homes. Trips are often only to Danville, Louisville, or Lexington area, but can also be as far as Cincinnati, Indianapolis, etc. Volunteers need reliable vehicles, and usually contribute the cost of gasoline, though sometimes the shelter can reimburse for that expense.


Twice yearly, volunteers are needed to contribute articles, fold, insert envelopes, tab, and label 2,000-2,500 newsletters. Occasional fundraising events, such as Dippin’Dogs in late summer, also require the help of volunteers.


Applications are available at the shelter and can be filled out there, or can be downloaded and mailed. Please print an application, fill it out, and mail to 2391 New Haven Rd., Bardstown KY 40004. Contact us at for more information.

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