Organization hopes community will help raise $150,000 by August 31

LAWRENCE, KAN. — July 24, 2017 — The Lawrence Humane Society announced today the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to raise $150,000 for the organization’s new animal shelter facility. The new, state-of-the-art shelter will address the significant challenges faced in the organization’s existing facility, allowing LHS to save more lives.

The Lawrence Humane Society has already raised more than $6 million of the $7.5 million project total, including a $2.5 million commitment from the City of Lawrence.

“We are so excited to give our community’s pets — and people! — the shelter they deserve,” said Kate Meghji, executive director for the Lawrence Humane Society. “We have already received so much support for this project. We know the animal-loving community is as excited as we are for the construction of this new building, and we hope they join this crowdfunding campaign to help us raise a significant portion of the funds by the end of August.”

Interested pet parents, animal lovers, and community supporters are encouraged to visit to set up personal fundraising pages and fundraising teams to help the organization achieve its $150,000 goal by August 31.

“Our community loves animals, and we know that they’ll want to help us achieve our goal of building this new shelter for pets in need. This crowdfunding campaign is an exciting and fun way to do that,” Meghji added. “The pets in our community need us — they need every one of us! Together, we can make this project possible for them.”

The new shelter facility is desperately needed. The current LHS shelter 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.”

Those interested in becoming fundraisers for the campaign or donating to the crowdfunding campaign can visit Large gifts and pledges are also welcome and can be donated via cash, check, credit card, gifts of stock, and more by contacting the Lawrence Humane Society at 785-843-6835.

Visit for more information about the For Them Campaign.

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