Animal shelter needs community’s help to raise remaining ~$2 million of $7.5 million campaign goal.

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LAWRENCE, KAN. — April 12, 2017 — The Lawrence Humane Society has raised ~$5.5 million, more than 73% of its $7.5 million capital campaign goal, to build a new animal shelter for Lawrence and Douglas County. The Lawrence Humane Society announced the public phase of the campaign during a celebration event Friday night at Bon Bon in East Lawrence.

The For Them Capital Campaign’s purpose to build a state-of-the-art animal shelter that will help the organization provide the highest-quality care to pets in need while saving more lives.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support and generosity of the members of our community who joined us in pledging during the quiet phase of the campaign, and for the support of the City of Lawrence, which has provided a $2.5 million commitment to help with this crucial project,” said Kate Meghji, executive director for the Lawrence Humane Society.

The current LHS shelter, built in 1995 with an expansion in 2007, was not built to animal shelter standards and does not meet standards for proper care and disease management of animals housed in the shelter. Challenges include:

  • Increased stress to the animals
  • No dedicated medical clinic in which to perform exams or provide treatment
  • No means to fully isolate ill or contagious animals
  • Lack of sufficient airflow and filtration to prevent the spread of disease
  • Lack of space to provide resources and education to members of the community

The new, 20,000-sq-ft facility, built on the current LHS property in east Lawrence, 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:

  • Best practice animal housing for animals in adoption, holding, isolation, and clinic areas
  • Veterinary clinic meeting American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) standards
  • Centralized work spaces to maximize efficiency and increase time spent on animal enrichment
  • Dedicated adoption spaces with quiet indoor adoption counseling and “get acquainted” areas suitable for adopter-pet interactions in all weather
  • Large multipurpose room for trainings, humane education courses, field trips, and public pet training classes
  • And more

“We’re doing incredible work despite the tremendous challenges our current facility presents,” Meghji added. “Just imagine what we’ll be able to do for the pets — and people — in our community with a shelter that meets our needs.”

The Lawrence Humane Society is now asking for the community’s support to raise the remaining $2 million by November 2017. Meeting this deadline will allow construction to begin in December. Those interested in donating to the campaign can do so with one-time or recurring gifts (made over a 5-year pledge period).

Visit for more information about the For Them Campaign and how you can get involved.

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