A Look Back on the Top Ten Stories from the Lawrence Humane Society, Voted on By Our Supporters

LAWRENCE, KAN. – December 31, 2019 — 2019 was a paw-some year for the Lawrence Humane Society! It was a year of transition and growth. But most importantly, it was a year of second chances for thousands of animals.

With the year almost in the books, we’re looking back on the Top Ten LHS stories from 2019.

The order is ranked based on voting by our supporters as of 10:30pm New Year’s Eve.

To weigh in, cast your vote here.


10. Miracle Kitten Survives Maggot Infestation and Finds His Happy Ending!

Starting our list we have the story of Bernard. This young kitten came to us with only days left to live. But our expert medical team used some unique methods to bring Bernard back from the brink of death. In fact, Bernard was the first cat adopted at the annual Clear the Shelter adoption event.

9. The Lawrence Humane Society’s New Engine Is Purring Thanks to McCarthy Auto Group

Saving and changing the lives of thousands of animals takes a lot of work and tools, including automobiles. This year, our friends at McCarthy Auto Group outdid themselves by donating a Subaru Outback to the Lawrence Humane Society.

8. Thousands of Pets’ Lives Changed Forever Thanks to 2019 Fur Ball

It takes a lot of money to care for the thousands of animals who come through our doors each year. Our annual Fur Ball event is one way we raise the revenue to fund our efforts. This year, the theme was cinematic inspired, “Bark to the Future”. Our generous donors had a great time and surpassed our goal by raising more than $150,000 for pets in northeast Kansas.

7. Follow Max on His Weight Loss Journey

Max the Husky came to us incredibly overweight. His heftiness was endangering poor Max’s life. After he was adopted, Max’s new family began a weight loss journey to help save his life. Now, Max has lost dozens of pounds and is getting healthier by the day.

6. Innovative Efforts Lead to Furr-ever Homes

Sometimes amazing animals have a difficult time finding their furr-ever home for a variety of reasons. That was exactly the case for the cute Kya. LHS staff went the extra mile, crafting a creative event to find a family for Kya. Halfway through the event, Kya was heading back to the shelter to be adopted by a family.

5. LHS Launches Community Cat Program

It’s no secret there is a feral cat problem in Douglas County. The Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return program is the most humane and effective way to solve the problem. After lobbying for an ordinance change to allow TNVR, the Lawrence Humane Society launched our Community Cat Program and is already ethically putting a dent in the homeless feline population.

4. Shannon Wells to Lead the Lawrence Humane Society as New Executive Director

The Lawrence Humane Society’s Board of Directors spent 2019 conducting an exhaustive, nationwide search for a new Executive Director to lead the shelter into the next decade. The purr-fect candidate turned out to be in our own backyard of Kansas City. We’re excited to welcome Shannon Wells to LHS in 2020 and even more excited about where she will take animal welfare in northeast Kansas in the years to come.

3. LHS Moves into a Brand New Home

After nearly five years, the Lawrence Humane Society raised more than $7.5 million dollars and constructed a new 20,000 square foot, animal shelter. In late June, we moved into the state of the art shelter. The animals who come through our doors are receiving improved care and enrichment and our new home will help us increase our impact on the lives of pets in our community for another generation.

2. More Than 160 Pets Find Their New Fur-ever Homes at 2019 Clear The Shelter Day

Ever year the Lawrence Humane Society partners with Hills Science Diet and NBC Universal, offering fee-waived adoptions in a festive annual event. 2019 marked the first Clear the Shelter Day in our new building. At the end of the day, only a few senior cats remained, and more than 160 pets had found their furr-ever home.

1. A Reunion 1.5 Years and 450 Miles in the Making

It’s a story made for the big screen. Thanks to microchip technology, Lawrence Humane Society staff was able to reunite a shepherd with his original human mom. What made this reunion so special? Moose had traveled more than 450 miles from Texas to Johnson County, Kansas over the course of a year and a half. LHS documented the road trip to the reunion along the way, including the moment Moose laid eyes on his long-lost mom and rushes to be back by her side!


2019 truly was a historic year for the Lawrence Humane Society. But stay tuned, we have plans to make 2020 the best year yet for animal welfare in northeast Kansas!


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