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Our History

Anderson Humane Society

In 1975, Ann Garrison and Virginia Holman founded Anderson Co. Humane Society (AHS) for the sole purpose to serve as an organization committed to local stray animals. With friends and family, they came together to make an official organization that would be committed to animal welfare. Membership grew and the Humane Society was officially incorporated in 1980.

AHS has not only served as a guiding force behind building two animal shelters, but has been providing animal care and welfare services for all animals in Anderson County. Until January 2007, the Humane Society assisted the county government with animal control services. With the creation of Anderson Co. Animal Control, the county government handles all animal control issues. Now, the Humane Society can focus solely on animal welfare, adoption, education, and other programs for the community.

Mission Statement

Dedicated Animal Services

Anderson Humane Society (AHS) is a non-profit society dedicated to serving the homeless and abandoned animal population of Anderson County, Kentucky. AHS leads the community in elevating people’s belief, attitude and behavior to enhance the quality of life for companion animals. We strive to grow AHS through active participation from the community including, but not limited to: volunteer work, donors, membership, building and maintaining our facility and implementing community educational programs.

Non-Profit Society

Governing Structure

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.

Our Team

Board Members

Elizabeth Coleman


Lisa Petrey-Kirk


Cheryl Rogers


Karen Whitehouse


Paula Thomson

Board Member

Michelle Hanks

Board Member

Stephanie Mackey

Board Member


Board Member

Donna Callahan


Sandy Warner

Communications Director

Adoption Center

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.

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.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 9:00AM – 3:30PM
Saturday: By Appointment Only
Closed on Sunday and Holidays


The Adoption Center is located at 1410 Versailles Road, 2.2 miles east of downtown Lawrenceburg, KY, west of the Wild Turkey distillery, on property shared with Anderson County’s Road Department, Recycling Center, and the Anderson County Animal Control.