LAWRENCE, KAN. — December 3, 2018 — The Lawrence Humane Society today announced that it has reached its $7.5 million fundraising goal to build a new shelter to serve pets and people in Lawrence and Douglas County, thanks to the generous support of hundreds of local donors, and a $2.5 million grant from the City of Lawrence.

The announcement comes at the conclusion of the shelter’s $250,000 Matching Gift Challenge, which launched at the beginning of October, and was supported by the Petco Foundation and several generous local supporters. The Challenge’s goal was to raise the remaining $500,000 by October 31. Thanks to the community, the goal was met.

The new facility is currently under construction and is proceeding on time, and on budget.  Anticipated to open in late-Spring 2019, the new shelter will replace the organization’s existing building, and will address all challenges faced in the existing facility, allowing the organization to fulfill longer-term goals and objectives that will ultimately save more lives, including:

  • Facility that supports best practice for animal housing;
  • Veterinary clinic meeting American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) standards;
  • Enhanced animal enrichment opportunities;
  • Improved adopter-pet interactions spaces; and
  • Large multipurpose room for training programs, humane education courses, field trips, and public pet training classes.

“We are dedicated to building a world-class shelter for the $7.5 million we set out to raise,” said John Olsen, board chair for the Lawrence Humane Society. “We are excited to announce that, thanks to our community’s support and investment in the future of our organization, we have achieved our goal.”

“We are elated at the support our community has shown for this important and truly needed project,” said Kate Meghji, outgoing executive director for the Lawrence Humane Society. “We’ve been doing incredible work despite the tremendous challenges our current facility presents. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, I can only imagine what the Lawrence Humane Society will be able to do for the pets — and people — in this community with a shelter that was designed with our needs in mind.”

“The generosity of so many donors will truly transform our ability to care for thousands of animals in Lawrence,” said Meghan Scheibe, interim executive director. “Thanks to you, our amazing staff, and volunteers, we will be able to make animals’ and families’ lives better each and every day.”

Naming opportunities and special project funding opportunities are still available. For information, please contact Meghan Scheibe, Interim Executive Director, at or 785-371-0494. For more information on the campaign, visit



The Lawrence Humane Society serves more than 4,300 homeless animals each year. The Lawrence Humane Society nurtures the human-animal bond by providing shelter, care and advocacy for homeless and abused animals, as well as resources for the people and pets in our community. For more information, visit

Media Contact:

Meghan Scheibe, Interim Executive Director
785-371-0494 (o) / 305-283-5351 (c) /

Recent Posts