About Us

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The McCracken County Humane Society strives to maintain a facility that promotes and provides a healthy, safe-living environment for unwanted but adoptable, owner surrender animals.


President: Mark Whitlow
Vice President: Vicki Hunkler
Secretary: Kim Beeny
Treasurer: Mark Whitlow
Pat Vannerson – Sheila Johnston – Dr. James Shumaker – Victor Sredl –  Marian Downing
Executive Director: Terry Vannerson

A Note from the President

Terry’s Corner


Wow, where has the first 6 months gone?  Our construction on our new addition to the adoption center is close to completion. Our new additions will be a conference room/behavioral training for our dogs and the other will be for meet and greets with new adopters, their pets and their

prospective new addition to the family.  So close and excited to get this decorated and ready for use.

We are on track with our Trap and Release (TNR) program for McCracken County feral cat

population.  If you know of any feral colonies please call  and get information so they can get spayed and neutered and returned to their colony.


One last reminder, if you are hot so are your pets.  Keep fresh water out daily, make sure they have shade, and when walking on pavement their paws can be burnt. Please DO NOT LEAVE your pets in a closed vehicle.  With it being hot and humid it only takes minutes for them to perish.  Stay alert and be safe.


Abundantly Blessed,  Terry, Executive Director


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Services and Programs

Services we currently offer and watch for more to come!!!


Our Adoption staff helps hundreds of animals find homes each year. We also work closely with rescue groups. We have an off-site adoption kiosk for cats and kittens at PetSmart during their hours of operation (Monday -Saturday 9am-9pm & Sunday 10am-6pm). Every Wednesday is Senior Adoption Day. 50% off on selected Senior dogs and cats.

Spay and Neuter Program

With the over abundance of cats and dogs, one of our goals is to help control the pet population. Our on staff Veterinarian Dr. Russell B. Jones, is here so that all the animals are spayed and neutered in house before being adopted. To continue this endeavor with our young animals, we also do pediatric spay/neuters.

Health Records

Upon intake of all animals, a health record is started and they are assessed, weighed, vaccinated, dewormed, micro chipped and pictures taken for our website, PetFinder, Petango, and Facebook. All dogs are heartworm tested, if negative they are put on heartworm prevention on the 15th of every month as long as they are in our care. If they are positive they are put on treatment and adopters are aware of the health risks. All cats are Feline /leukemia tested before adoption. All dogs and cats get rabies vaccinations and are spayed/neutered when age appropriate.

Canine Behavior Assessment/Rescue Wagon

All dogs go through a behavioral assessment by several CBA’s, sponsored by PetSmart Charities to better assess the dogs for transport and adoption. We transport adoptable dogs from shelters with pet overpopulation challenges to shelters in locations where there are plenty of homes can only be met if the dogs that are transported are behaviorally sound.

Humane Society

Our goal is to find lifelong homes for all of our animals. We do not euthanize for overcrowding the only time we euthanize is for illness or severe aggression.


We offer boarding of cats and dogs, and require their current, up-to-date veterinarian records. We can walk and provide group playtime.

Training of Shelter Animals

Trained shelter dogs become better behaved, less stressed animals in the shelter environment, thus making them more desirable to potential adopters. Our staff coordinates with our volunteers to teach essential training techniques. We train our animals by using positive reinforcement methods and clicker training.

MCHS Supports the Community

We proudly take part in community events such as Blessing of the Animals, Pooch Costume Contest, Annual Paducah Pet Party, and Pals & Paws Day Camp. First Saturday of every month we have an adoption event at PetSmart. We also participate in National Adoption Week at PetSmart every quarter. We have pet therapy at our facility for children and young adults. We send a quarterly newsletter out to keep the public informed.

Community Education

Some of our educational outreach opportunities include local school programs and speaking engagements to business groups and organizations. We teach and guide local school groups, in proper animal care. We host tours of the Humane Society and offer reminders, as well as advice regarding pet care, preventative medicines, and seasonal hazards through public service announcements.

Rescue Partners

MCHS makes every attempt to place animals with other non-profit organizations. to find lifelong homes. We contact rescue groups who place specific breeds (like Boxers, Labradors, etc.) We also transport animals to other rescues for adoption.

Volunteer Program

Our volunteer program begins with filling out an application and a one- on-one orientation every Wednesday at 10:30am. This process ensures the volunteer fits best with the animals and where the volunteer can be most productive. We value our volunteers and equip them to turn shelter dogs and cats into great family members. Our volunteers can also earn community service credit.

Fostering of Animals

We provide foster homes for animals that come to us too young and need around-the-clock care. Our foster environments are loving homes that provide a great beginning for our young animals.

Pod for Feral or hard to place Cats

We have created a Pod in our barn to allow cats to live out their lives protected. Each cat has been spay/neutered, feline-leukemia tested, and updated on all shots, including rabies. These cats are adopted for pets and barn cats.

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Petango is a store that provides adopters and supporters access to competitively priced pet food, supplies and pharmacy needs online, while driving a portion of every purchase back to our organization.