January 22, 2018 — Lawrence, Kansas– Today, the Lawrence Humane Society announced its receipt of a new $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. The grant is designed to help Lawrence Humane build a new, $7.5 million shelter facility to improve animal welfare in Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas.

Lawrence Humane Society has been planning this capital project since 2014 and is excited to be starting construction in 2018. To date, the shelter has raised more than $6.6 million of the $7.5 million project total. The new shelter will replace the organization’s existing, failing facility and will help homeless pets thrive by providing: appropriate space and veterinary clinic facilities for the isolation and treatment of animals with contagious diseases and injuries; best practice animal housing to reduce animal stress and limit disease transmission; community space for trainings, courses, field trips, and classes; and more.

“We are so incredibly grateful to PetSmart Charities for their support of this project,” said Kate Meghji, executive director for the Lawrence Humane Society. “This significant investment from the largest funder of animal welfare in North America has brought us closer to our goal — we currently have less than $880,000 to raise. It’s also a huge testament to our current — and future — efforts to help pets in our community. In 2017, we saved more lives than ever before in our organization’s history. And with PetSmart Charities’ support of our new facility, we’ll be able to do even more for the pets in our community and the people who love them.”

Most animal welfare agencies rely on donations and grants to sustain their efforts to help pets in need, meaning that finding the funding needed for inevitable repairs and renovations to their sheltering facilities can be challenging. That’s why PetSmart Charities identified this as an area of great need to its adoption partners and grantees and developed this new grant category.

“For 65 years, Lawrence Humane Society has served the community through its dedication to the area’s homeless pet population,” said Jenny Aho, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “We are thrilled to support an organization that shares our mission to nurture the human-animal bond, and we look forward to seeing what the organization is able to achieve in its new, state-of-the-art facility.”

Capital grants are a new 2017 grant category designed to support animal welfare organizations and nonprofits as part of PetSmart Charities’ newly expanded mission to find lifelong loving homes for all pets by supporting programs that bring people and pets together. Funding from PetSmart Charities is helping to ensure organizations have the resources they need to provide shelter facilities that are clean, warm, safe and welcoming as they care for homeless pets in need until they are ready to be placed up for adoption and find their forever home.


About Lawrence Humane Society
The Lawrence Humane Society serves more than 4,100 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 www.lawrencehumane.org. For information on the Lawrence Humane Society’s capital campaign, visit www.lawrencehumane.org/campaign.


About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support:  Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.  To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org


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Media Contact:

Meghan Scheibe                                                                               24-Hour PetSmart Charities
Director of Development & Community Engagement                       Media Line:  623-587-2177
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