Our Story

Saving Lives Since 1972

The DBCHS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1972 to help the many abandoned and unwanted domestic animals in Boyle County. Charlotte Bateman (now deceased) was the driving force behind the creation of the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society. A plaque on the outside of the building and a portrait in the front hall honor her.

The Mission of the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society is to promote the humane treatment of companion animals through sheltering, adoptions, community education, and spay/neuter programs. The building was built in 1978 and expanded in 2005 with a room for the cats and kittens and in 2016 the Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center was completed to provide modern and more humane accommodations for our dogs and puppies.

Our organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors working in cooperation with the Boyle Fiscal Court to operate the animal shelter. Our shelter takes in approximately 500 animals per year and our main source of funds is donations from individuals.


The Danville-Boyle County Humane Society opened the Happy Paws Spay/Neuter Clinic in October 2007. The one-day per week clinic makes affordable surgery prices available to individuals receiving public assistance or those with low incomes or social security recipients. The clinic is staffed by a paid veterinarian as well as a technician, and over 1,000 surgeries are performed each year. Approximately 30 volunteers are responsible for the clinic operation. Happy Paws is self-sustaining, receiving support from private donations and granting agencies.

Click here to view our 2019 Annual Report

Visit us at 778 N. Danville Bypass, Danville, KY 40422 

Phone: 859.238.1117   Email: dbchs@bellsouth.net

Mailing address: P.O. Box 487, Danville, KY 40423-0487