If you’ve been waiting to add a canine or feline companion to your family, now is the perfect time!

On Saturday, August 19 ONLY (from 10am-6pm), adoption fees for every single shelter pet at the Lawrence Humane Society are waived for Clear the Shelters Day, thanks to generous support from the Petco Foundation! Our goal? To find a healthy, loving home for every single pet available for adoption! With your support, we know can do it!

Want to have the best possible adoption experience this Saturday?

Here are seven things you should know about this fee-waived adoption event before you arrive:

1. Be pawsome to one another.

Last year, hundreds of humans joined us for Clear the Shelter Day! It was heartwarming to see all of the pet lovers looking for — and finding! — their new best friends! It was also pretty darn busy. We anticipate it being just as busy this year. It may take longer than usual to meet a pet and complete the adoption. Please be patient with our staff and volunteers, and with other adopters, as we work to make sure everyone finds their new furry family member and has a great adoption experience!

2. Plan for weather. Because, hey…it’s Kansas.

You know what we’re talking about. As we write this (on Monday), Saturday is forecasted to be partly cloudy and in the mid-80s. But in our great state, who knows what’ll happen this weekend. We will tell you that all of our meet-and-greet areas for dogs and our waiting areas for the event are outdoors, so wear sunscreen and bring hats or umbrellas to protect against the sun’s rays (or rain). Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated, too.

3. Please leave your furry family members at home. It’s not because we don’t love them — we promise.

Due to the additional traffic on Saturday, we are unable to perform dog introductions during the Clear the Shelter Day event. Dog greets in a shelter environment can be stressful enough for the pups, but take into consideration the hundreds of humans wandering around and all the excitement and BOW-WOW! Not only is it infinitely more stressful for your dog and our shelter pup — the level of stress in that type of environment won’t give us an accurate read on the dog introduction.

While we know that bringing home a new dog when you have another pooch in the home that hasn’t met your pup can stress you out, research shows that a properly staged introduction outside of the shelter environment can be more successful than an introduction at the shelter and can increase the chance of a positive introduction income. All adopters will be provided with step-by-step instructions on how to properly introduce your new pet to your resident pet, and our staff is always here to help if you have questions!

4. Make sure you’ve got everything — and everyone — with you!

In order to adopt, you must be at least 18 years old, and provide a valid photo ID. We also encourage you to bring along other humans in your household that will interact with your new best friend on a regular basis.

5. Help us share the love!

To help as many families as possible find their new furry family members, we will be limiting Clear the Shelter Day adoptions to one per household on Saturday.

6. Give some thought to the type of pet you’re hoping to adopt.

A couch potato? A running buddy? A cat that will snuggle on your lap every evening? Talk with the family members who will be investing their time and energy in your new pet and come to a decision before you arrive about the traits that are most important to you. Knowing the type of personality you’re looking for before you arrive will help you make the most of your Clear the Shelter Day experience.

You are more than welcome to come visit our pets in advance of the event — just know that they may be adopted before Saturday! Also, please be aware that we will be closed on Friday, August 18, in order to prepare for the event.

Waived adoption fees include spay or neuter, a microchip (registered for life!), all age-appropriate vaccines, and a starter bag of Hill’s Pet Nutrition food. You are welcome to bring your own collar, leash (dogs), and carrier (cats); if you prefer not to, a collar, leash, and/or carrier will be provided at no cost.

7. Can’t adopt? You can still help save lives!

Our adoption fees help cover animal care costs for the more than 3,800 pets we receive every year, but they don’t cover the full cost of care. When you make a donation, you’re directly helping our shelter dogs and cats who may need a little extra time, medical attention, or behavioral rehabilitation before they’re able to find a loving family. If you’d like to support the life-changing and life-saving work we do, please click here to make a donation.


Can’t wait for Clear the Shelter Day? Click here to view all of our adoptable pets online.

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