LAWRENCE, KAN. — June 17, 2019 — The Lawrence Humane Society (“LHS”) announced the appointment of Kirk Putman as Interim Executive Director beginning in June 2019. Putman, a longtime senior finance executive with Hill’s Pet Nutrition (“Hill’s”), will serve as the leader of LHS while the organization continues a nationwide search for an executive director. Putman takes over for Meghan Scheibe, current interim executive director, who is leaving LHS at the end of June to pursue other opportunities.

Putman started his career with Hill’s as Director of Finance in 1996. He led various divisions during his tenure, including Customer Supply and Logistics, US and Global Marketing, and the Europe and Middle East region. Putman is an alumnus of the University of Kansas.

“We’re very pleased to welcome a leader with a commitment to developing community relationships, teamwork, and with a strong track record in finance and operational management to lead LHS,” said John Olsen, Chair of the Board of Directors for Lawrence Humane Society. “Kirk’s enthusiasm and dedication to animal welfare and the Lawrence community will prove an asset to our outstanding team of professionals at LHS, and will ensure we do not miss a beat while serving the needs of Lawrence and the surrounding community.”

Lawrence Humane Society completed its move to a new facility last week, replacing the organization’s existing shelter. The new facility enables LHS to fulfill longer-term goals and objectives of saving more lives by implementing best practices in animal housing for animals in adoption, holding, and isolation. The new facility also has a veterinary clinic that meets American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) standards, centralized work spaces, dedicated adoption spaces for enrichment and counseling, and a large multipurpose room for trainings, humane education courses, field trips, and public pet training classes. LHS’s new shelter is the result of a multi-year $7.5 million campaign that was supported by the city of Lawrence, tremendous supporters of LHS, various gifts, donations, and sponsorships from community members, businesses, and local support in Douglas County.

“I’m thrilled to join an organization with a tireless commitment to its mission and dedication to the Lawrence and surrounding communities,” said Putman. “Day in and day out, the team at LHS does incredible work to help save lives of animals, connect families with pets, and help enrich the Lawrence area community. We’re excited to continue to work for pets and people in Lawrence, with improved facilities for care, treatment, and adoption.”

Board of Directors Contact:

John Olsen, Chair, Board of Directors, Lawrence Humane Society

Media Contact:
Meghan Scheibe, Lawrence Humane Society
785-371-0494 (o) /


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