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About the board

The Animal Control Advisory Board was established in 1998 by an act of the Kentucky General Assembly. The duties of the Board include making recommendations to the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture relating to animal control issues, evaluating applications for disbursement of animal care and control funds, establishing shelter standards, and creating training programs.

Members are appointed by the Governor to four-year terms and are nominated by the Kentucky Association of Counties, the Kentucky Animal Control Association, the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, Kentucky Farm Bureau, the Kentucky Houndsmen Association, and the Kentucky League of Cities.


Happy Pets - Dogs

Mission Statement

The Animal Control Advisory Board seeks to reduce the number of homeless companion animals and set high standards for facilities that care for those animals in Kentucky. This will improve the lives of our pets, reduce expenses for local governments, and address the public health hazard of homeless animals in the Commonwealth.

    What we do

  • Sponsor training sessions for animal control, animal behavior, and the humane administration of euthanasia
  • Make available grant funds for the construction of new animal shelters or renovation of existing shelters using appropriations from the Kentucky General Assembly
  • Award grants to Kentucky governmental agencies for purchase of equipment to help animal control officers perform their duties safely and efficiently
  • Award grants for local spay/neuter programs with funds from the sale of the Kentucky spay/neuter plate and from donations

Board Members


Elbert Bennett

Kentucky Association of Counties

Coleen Rene Bray

Kentucky Animal Care & Control Association

Misti Drew

Kentucky Association of Counties

Dustin Embry

Kentucky League of Cities

Bonnie Enlow

Kentucky League of Cities

Aaron Goodpaster

Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association

Sara Beth Guffey

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Douglas Johnson

Kentucky Houndsmen Association

Michael McNutt

Kentucky Animal Care & Control Association

Brad Rainwater

Kentucky Houndsmen Association

Terry Allen Rowlett

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Dr. Mark Smith

Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association