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Petco Foundation logoLawrence Humane Society awarded $250,000 grant from the Petco Foundation

Lifesaving Impact Award to help shelter enhance medical programs, foster and transfer initiatives, adoption efforts, and behavior modification for pets with challenges

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LAWRENCE, KAN. — April 28, 2016 — The Lawrence Humane Society (LHS) announced today that it has been awarded a $250,000 Lifesaving Impact Award grant from the Petco Foundation. The grant, payable over two years, will provide the Lawrence Humane Society with resources to enhance its life-saving programs and services.

Each year, the Petco Foundation invests millions of dollars in nonprofit animal welfare organizations across the country that work to make the most significant lifesaving impact possible for animals in their communities. The Lawrence Humane Society receives approximately 3,500 lost, stray, and homeless animals annually.

The Petco Foundation’s Lifesaving Impact Award will allow LHS to strategically build on its existing medical, behavior, foster, transfer, and adoption initiatives, which will allow the nonprofit shelter to save more lives and find more homes for the animals that enter its care through no fault of their own.

“We are tremendously grateful to the Petco Foundation for their support of our organization, and their belief in our efforts,” said Kate Meghji, Executive Director of the Lawrence Humane Society. “This generous support will allow us to add needed resources and momentum to programs and initiatives that have the greatest life-saving potential.”

“The Petco Foundation is honored to support the lifesaving work of the Lawrence Humane Society and the animals and communities it serves,” said Susanne Kogut, Executive Director of the Petco Foundation. “At the Petco Foundation, we seek to invest in those organizations whose passion and dedication drive them to save the most lives with the resources available to them. We’re proud to support this incredible organization, and look forward to seeing the many lives that will be saved as a result of our partnership.”

The shelter programs that will be enhanced by the Petco Foundation’s investment include:

  • - Medical programs which provide ill and injured animals with the lifesaving treatment they need;
  • - Behavior programs that provide modification and training to pets with minor and major behavior challenges;
  • - Foster initiatives which provide animals too young or too sick to be adopted with time to recover or grow in volunteer foster homes;
  • - Transfer initiatives which seek out alternate placements for pets with other shelters and rescue organizations and allow the Lawrence Humane Society to provide life-saving assistance to other organizations and the Department of Agriculture;
  • - Adoption programs — both at the shelter and off-site — to place more pets into loving new homes.

“This grant will be a tremendous to boost the life-changing and life-saving programs we provide to help pets in our community,” Meghji added. “It truly is a game-changer for our organization.”

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Lawrence Humane Encouraging Dog Owners to Vaccinate for Canine Influenza (CIV H3N2)

The Lawrence Humane Society is advising local pet parents to be aware that cases of the new canine influenza strain (CIV H3N2) have been confirmed in both St. Louis, Missouri and Colorado. With confirmed cases in neighboring states, Lawrence Humane Society veterinary staff believe it very likely that the virus will make its way to Kansas, and are strongly recommending that all dogs be vaccinated.

Click here to read the LHS Canine Influenza (CIV H3N2) Fact Sheet to learn more about the disease and its symptoms.

Dog owners that are concerned about their pets contracting canine influenza should contact their veterinarians immediately to discuss risk factors and whether or not they have the vaccine available.

The Lawrence Humane Society will be offering the vaccine to pet parents beginning Tuesday, February 16 through Monday, February 29.

  • Dates: 2/16-2/29, offered daily between 11:30am and 6:00pm (no appointment necessary)
  • Location: Lawrence Humane Society (1805 E. 19th Street, Lawrence)
  • Cost: $20 (includes booster three weeks after initial vaccine)


Click here to read the press release.


Paw Valley Festival and 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Lawrence’s premier Dog-Friendly First Annual Paw Valley Festival and 5K Walk/Run will begin in Watson Park and wind through Old West Lawrence. Post run, come enjoy the Festival that will feature local vendors, food, drink, music and plenty of activity for fido! Click HERE to sign-up and get more information! SEE YOU THERE!


NEW Donation Wishlist Launched

November 2014

Check out all the new items included on our animal’s Donation Wishlist!




First State Bank & Trust Issues New Lawrence Humane Society Donate Card!

Beginning October, 2014

We couldn’t think of an easier way to donate, than by simply swiping & signing! Luckily, First State Bank & Trust agreed! For every time you use your card and sign for the purchase, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to us! Check out the First State Bank & Trust website here for contact details.



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