Who We Are


The Montgomery County Humane Society, Inc., doing business as Gateway Area Humane Society,  is incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky dating from February 2, 1982 as a non-stock, non-profit corporation. We are run entirely by volunteers; we have no paid staff. We are not a public animal shelter and we do not provide animal control services for the public. We take our task of finding responsible homes for our rescued pets very seriously as we are the only voice they have, and we have only one chance to get it right. We often rely on foster homes for the animals we rescue. We are constantly seeking reliable/responsible foster homes. If you are interested in fostering an animal, please contact us for an application.


Mission Statement


To prevent the cruelty, mistreatment and abuse of animals; to provide temporary shelter to unwanted, stray and homeless animals; to educate the public about animal needs and provide information or services to the community about animals.

Organization President: Aaron Prewitt

Vice President: Keri Oldfield

Secretary: Rebakah Goodpaster

Treasurer: Karen Pirschel

Adoption Coordinator: Betty Taylor




Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm. Please join us at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension on 48 West High Street which is across from the Court House in Mt. Sterling. We meet in the Paris Hall which is on the basement level and is located next to the sanctuary. Enter the hall through the red door at the rear. Meetings are held in one of the Sunday school rooms.

Membership Dues:

Individual Membership: $10.00

Family Membership: $20.00

Lifetime Membership: $100.00


Learn How You Can Make A Difference:

There are many ways you can help your pet, your community, and yourself:


When looking for a new pet, please consider adopting a homeless pet. If you adopt, you not only get a new best friend and devoted lifelong companion, you also provide the next animal waiting in line a chance at adoption and a forever home.

Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized due to overpopulation in the U.S. Part of the solution to this problem is to spay/neuter your pet in order to prevent accidental litters. Always spay/neuter: you will be part of a solution; your pet will live a longer, healthier life; and you may avoid some behavorial problems.

Make Regular Vet Appointments

State law requires that cats and dogs (over four months of age) are vaccinated for rabies every year, and you should talk to your veterinarian about other yearly vaccinations and parasite control. Proper vet care helps maintain the health of your pet and protects the community as a whole from further spread of animal diseases and parasites.

Microchip Your Pet

Should your pet turn up missing you can improve your pets chance of being reunited with you by making sure he or she has a permanent microchip ID. A uniquely coded microchip is injected under your pet’s skin providing your contact information when scanned at animal shelters and vet hospitals and can be implanted by your local veterinarian.

Keep Your Dog On A Leash or In A Fenced Yard

Make sure your best friend is secure on a leash or behind a fence at all times to prevent an accident.

Keep Your Cat as an Indoor Pet

Cats live longer when kept as indoor pets and protected from vehicles, dogs, other animals, disease and parasites. If you do let your cat outside, be certain he or she has been spay/neutered, is wearing license/rabies tags, and is regularly checked for parasites. Please also be respectful to your neighbors with your outdoor cat.

Donate to MCHS

We rely on the donations of individuals and businesses in order to keep saving lives and helping animals. Every year our needs our greater as we continue to grow and expand our programs.


We are always in need of volunteers commited to animal welfare to help us fulfill our mission and achieve our goals. Our invaluable volunteers help with adoptions, special events, caring for our animals, planning, and much more.

Provide Foster Care

All of our animals are currently in foster care, as we do not yet have a facility to house them. Some of the animals in our care have experienced abuse and/or neglect and are in need of a temporary home environment for special attention and TLC. Foster care is an extremely rewarding way of donating time in the comfort of your own home while giving an animal a second chance at life.