Montgomery County Animal Shelter

Our Mission

The Montgomery County Animal Shelter's mission is providing animal care and protection services for Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Fiscal Court operates Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS), an open-admission shelter that is home to lost and surrendered pets. We foster the human-animal bond by protecting the safety and welfare of Montgomery County's animals and citizens. MCAS is committed to providing humane care to companion animals; reuniting lost pets with their owners; adopting pets to loving homes; enforcing animal control ordinances; and proactively educating the public about animals, their needs, and MCAS's critical role as a community resource.

The Montgomery County Animal shelter does not handle wildlife incidents.  For help regarding these situations, please
contact the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at 859-498-8720.

Frequently Asked Questions

My pet is lost.  How can the Montgomery County Animal Shelter help us?

For assistance with locating lost pets, please come into the shelter to verify that your
pet is not at the shelter.  While you are here, you can fill out a lost animal report form.
We can also point you in the direction of some resources to help you find your lost pet.
Lost animal fees for canines is $23.00, including a $3.00 license tag fee, and $20.00
for felines.

Check out our flier for some helpful tips to help prevent your pet from becoming lost.

How long does the Montgomery County Animal Shelter hold an animal?

We hold canines for at least six days in an effort to reunite them with the rightful owner.  Felines have no stray hold time
and are immediately adoptable.  

Why should you spay/neuter your pet?

According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter U.S. shelters each year.  Fifty percent (50%) of these animals (3-4 million) are euthanized because there are not enough homes for them.  That is one every eight seconds!  As tremendous as the problem of pet overpopulation is, it can be drastically improved if each of us takes one small step: spaying/neutering our pets.  Spay/neuter surgery is commonly and routinely performed every day.

Here are the top 10 reasons to spay/neuter your pet:
  1. It helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by preventing certain types of cancers.
  2. It helps to prevent behavioral problems.
  3. It makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, be injured, or get into fights.
  4. It helps keep pets and communities safer by preventing animal bites and aggression.
  5. It helps prevent pet overpopulation by ensuring no more unwanted animals are born.
  6. It helps to prevent your pet from spraying or marking, which can ruin furniture and carpeting.
  7. It eliminates female pet heat cycles, reducing constant crying and nervous behavior.
  8. It makes life easier on you and your pet--no headaches caring for animals in heat or caring for offspring, rehoming them, etc.
  9. Helps homeless animals have a better chance of find their forever home.  Think you want to breed to "keep your bloodline alive?"  Only one dog out of most litters will stay in its first home for its entire life.  Most end up in the shelter system (30% of surrendered dogs are purebreds).
  10. Saves you money.  Spay/neuter surgery is highly-cost effective, and it is a lot less than the cost of caring for a litter.  It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered male escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!

What other services does the Montgomery County Animal Shelter offer?

We partner with other organizations to offer pet microchipping clinics and low-cost spay and neuter clinics.  Please contact the shelter for further information.

How does a non-profit animal rescue organization become involved at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter?

All non-profit animal rescu​e organizations interested in animals at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter must fill out an application and provide proof of tax-exempt status.  Only $7.00 pull fee on canines for qualified rescue organizations to cover vaccinations.

Where can I find out more information about animal cruelty laws in the Commonwealth of Kentucky?

Animal cruelty laws are set forth in KRS 525.125, KRS 525.130, and KRS 525.135.

I would like to donate to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter.  What items are needed?

  • Wet & Dry kitten food
  • Dry cat food
  • Wet cat food
  • Dog treats
  • Dry dog food
  • Fleece blankets
  • Bleach

What Are Some Other Ways I Can Help The Animal Shelter?


We have dogs and cats available that need loving forever homes.


Fostering is a very rewarding experience and helps save a life.  Our rescues need fosters for both cats and dogs.​  There is a short application process that the shelter staff can assist you with.


If you are interested in volunteering, please stop by the shelter. There is a short application process to complete and a training session to be scheduled.​​​

Contact Us

Montgomery County Animal Shelter
115 Adena Drive
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353


Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday & Holidays: Closed


Jed Staton, Animal Control Officer


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