The fifth annual Animal Care Society Benefit Bash at Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center is an evening of dinner, dancing, drinks and fun that supports our city’s first no-kill animal shelter.

It costs a lot of money to keep homeless pets alive until they can find their forever families. But since 1984, the Animal Care Society of Louisville has been devoted to doing just that: proving a safe, comfortable, caring environment for dogs and cats in need of adoption.

The first no-kill shelter in our city, ACS has placed 12,000 pets in loving, responsible homes. Their mission is clear and compassionate. They care for surrendered dogs and cats until they can place them with compatible adopters. They do so with a small army of dedicated volunteers who provide the best possible care to the animals while they’re there.  “More and more pets are finding themselves homeless through no fault of their own,” says Bunny Zeller, Executive Director of ACS. “Shelters are overflowing because of this.”

With its facility on 12207 Westport Road, ACS is able to provide not only a home, but medical care and vaccinations to the pets they serve. These services are expensive, and the organization depends on membership dues, donations and fundraising to pay for them. “Our members provide much needed financial support,” says Zeller. “Our volunteers play a key role in the day to day care of our animals and enjoy the warmth and affection that only our furry guests can provide.”

Money is also raised through sponsorship programs like Sponsor-a-Pet which allows participants to help feed, house and meet medical needs of a specific dog or cat without physically being responsible for its care. The shelter also accepts donated supplies in order to provide for these deserving animals. They welcome community involvement in many forms to make their no-kill mission a reality.     

The result is an organization that celebrates the value and worthiness of both people and pets. “Every person and animal we serve receives respect and appreciation,” says Zeller. Who wouldn’t want to raise a drink to that sentiment?


The fifth annual Animal Care Society Benefit Bash will be held on Saturday, March 16, at Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center, from 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. It will include dinner, dancing, open bar and both a silent and live auction. Tickets are $110 in advance and $125 at the door. Go to to purchase.

Posted on 2019-02-06 by