How to See our Adoptable Animals

Photos and descriptions of the dogs and cats available are updated on our website regularly but there are often animals we hear about that are not yet posted. We recommend that you send in an application if you want a certain breed or size even if you don’t see it listed. We will let you know if we hear of anything that meets your needs. Or check out our Facebook page to see other photos and read stories of some of our incoming cats and dogs.

If you would like to browse some of the dogs and cats we have available at this time, please choose:

Browse Adoptable Dogs
Browse Adoptable Cats

Local Adoption Dates and Locations

03/19/22…PLEASE NOTE:  Our adoption days are still changed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please see our articles “Adoption Events Change Temporarily” and “Coming Back Slowly from Quarantine” in the News & Events section of this website for an explanation. After we return to our regular events, we will make that announcement and our adoption events will be held as usual, as indicated below. 

DogsThe best way to meet some of our adoptable dogs is at adoption night at Feeders Supply in Middletown on the first Friday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm. We try to let you know ahead of time which animals will be attending that night. Check out our “Dog Adoption Night” article under our “News & Events” tab for updates. If the animals will not be at adoption night, we can arrange another time for a meet-and-greet.

Adoption night might be postponed due to inclement weather. If this is the case, we will make an announcement in our “Dog Adoption Night” article regarding any date change. Derby festivities may also cause us to postpone our adoption night if the Oaks race lands on the first Friday of May.  We will keep you posted each year as to which date we will hold dog adoption night in May.

Most of our animals are in owners’ homes or foster homes; some are kenneled by the people who have rescued them and then bring to adoption days as schedules permit.

All Shamrock dogs and puppies are spayed or neutered, heartworm tested, up-to-date on immunizations (DHPP) and rabies vaccines, and are microchipped.

CatsCats can be seen all week during regular business hours in Shamrock’s condos at Feeders Supply-Baxter Ave., Feeders Supply-Middletown, the Animal Medical Center in Middletown, and at our two new locations at Crescent Hill Animal Hospital on Frankfort Ave. and at the Lucky Cat Café & Lounge on Dundee. Shamrock volunteers will be at Feeders-Middletown on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4pm and at Feeders-Baxter on Saturdays from 1-4pm and they can answer any of your specific questions.

If you are interested in adopting a Shamrock cat, just ask an employee or volunteer at any of these locations for an adoption application. You can fill it out there, or take it home and send it to us later via postal mail or as an email attachment.

All Shamrock cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, FIV and/or leukemia tested, wormed, vaccinated, and microchipped.

Volunteers are Welcome!

We can always use volunteers to hold dogs at adoption night or to help with the cats at Feeders Supply and at the Lucky Cat Café. If you would like to help, please contact us at and we will be happy to send you a volunteer application.  (Applicants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent at all times.)

The Application Process

If you are interested in adopting an animal from Shamrock, please fill out an application (below). Then send us your application by attaching it to your email.  Send dog applications to and send cat applications to  Shamrock volunteers work hard to make the best match between the animal and your family, so please include the type of dog or cat you like – laid-back, athletic, cuddly, couch-potato, short- or long-haired, young, old, etc. If you are willing to work with a special needs cat or dog we usually have several of those in need of homes, too.

Download and fill out our Dog Application
Download and fill out our Cat Application 

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The Contract

Once the adoption has been approved, the next step is to go over our terms and fill out our adoption contract.

Adoption fees for our available animals are listed on our website along with their bios, which can be accessed by clicking on “adoptable cats” or “adoptable dogs.” This covers spay/neutering, worming, microchipping, and vaccinations appropriate for the age of the animal. Many animals we help rescue have cost us hundreds of dollars, sometimes more, in veterinary fees; some have cost us much less. Checks should be made payable to The Shamrock Pet Foundation.  PLEASE NOTE:  As of July 1, 2018, Kentucky government has mandated that we charge a 6% sales tax on any animal adopted.  (See our article under the “News and Events” tab for a more thorough explanation.)

We like to give you a couple of weeks to see if your new dog/cat is a good fit in your home. It’s a good idea to start the visit on a weekend when you will have time to help your new addition get acclimated to your home and family. If within the first two weeks you have determined this is not a good fit, then you can return the pet to us and we will return your adoption fee.

The What Ifs

If the adoption does not work out please contact us immediately. The contract you sign stipulates that the animal must be re-homed through us and not surrendered to a shelter, given away, sold, or euthanized. Since we do not have a facility, you will need to notify Shamrock and work with them to find the pet a new home. If you have any other questions, please contact us.