How to Adopt


Do you really want a dog for a pet? In this part of Kentucky dogs require routine checkups and medication for diseases like heartworm and rabies. A pet dog can be a loving family member, but like all family members they require some extra attention sometimes.


Does a dog really want you for an owner? Dogs are social animals (That's why they're such good pets!), and that means that they need an owner who will spend time with them. Some dogs need play time, others just need your company, but they all need more than just food and water.


Why choose a cat or dog at the shelter? Many of the dogs at the shelter had previous owners who simply neglected them or couldn't take care of them, and so they were either dropped off or released into the county. Adopting a shelter animal not only gives that dog or cat a new home, but can help break the cycle of homeless puppies and kittens that adds to the problem of stray animals in the county.


Finally, shelter adoption is a bargain. The adoption fee for dogs or cats from the shelter is $70.00, which includes:

  • Physical exam/initial check-up

  • Rabies vaccination

  • Parvo-Distemper vaccination

  • De-Worming

  • Spay-Neuter surgery


Homeless animals may be held at the shelter for up to five days, so frequent visits will provide lots of opportunity to find the kind of pet you are looking for. If you are claiming a pet, the cost is $20.00 to pick the animal up plus $10.00 for each day after.  To see our adoptable pets, check out 


The shelter is north of Middlesboro on Hwy 25E, on the Page Cutoff Road. The shelter is open from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Monday through Friday, with extra hours until 6:00 PM on Thursday, and from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Saturday. Please feel free to call us at 606 337-6331.

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Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter, Inc.
P.O. Box 2534
Middlesboro, Kentucky 40965

"A friend in need, a friend in deed."

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