If we could describe 2021 in one word, it would be “community.” In a year that challenged us in ways no one could have imagined, we doubled down on our commitment to serve our friends and neighbors in exciting and creative ways. We built new partnerships and strengthened existing relationships with other community organizations. We hosted monthly vaccine and microchip clinics for community pets. We distributed over 30,000 pounds of pet food to pet owners in need. All while serving approximately 5,000 animals, finding loving homes for nearly 3,000 animals, continuing to build out our foster program, reuniting over 400 lost animals with their owners, and transferring in nearly 700 animals from rural and low-capacity shelters in neighboring counties. And we are so excited to do even more in 2022!
The generosity of care and support of community members like you helps us provide for the thousands of animals that enter our shelter every year and our efforts to keep pets and people together. Thank you for supporting Lawrence Humane!
Every year, we host key fundraising events like the Paw Valley Challenge, the Fur Ball Auction & Gala, and Clear the Shelter Day. Sponsoring one of our exciting events is a great way to show your support of Douglas County’s only animal shelter and get your business in front of our animal-loving community!
PAW VALLEY CHALLENGE – APRIL/MAY 2022
This month-long event encourages getting outside and moving with your pets, family, and friends by walking, running, and/or biking – move in whatever way you like most! Activities are tracked online, so participants can be located anywhere in the world. For those who live in Lawrence, there will be designated routes all over town to explore. This can be a fun and healthy competition with your staff, colleagues, family, and friends! Over 400 individuals partake in this event, making it a fantastic marketing opportunity for your business! Sponsors are featured in Paw Valley Challenge marketing and have the opportunity to be featured on t-shirts distributed to all participants, sponsor designated routes, and include sponsor’s own marketing materials in all participants’ swag bags.
FUR BALL – SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER (TBD)
For 28 years, the Fur Ball has been Lawrence Humane’s largest annual fundraiser! The Fur Ball is a lovely evening full of exciting silent and live auction items, delicious food and desserts, great drinks, a lively program, and camaraderie with fellow Lawrence Humane supporters. Last year’s Fur Ball was the most successful event yet with nearly 250 attendees, 30 sponsors, and over $214,000 raised to support the thousands of animals that enter our shelter every year! Sponsors are featured in all Fur Ball marketing materials, including the full-color auction booklet received by every guest. There are also opportunities to receive event tickets, host a unique Lawrence Humane experience for your staff or family and friends (details will be released as we near the event!), and feature your beloved pets or highlight your favorite nonprofit (other than Lawrence Humane, of course!) to all Fur Ball guests.
clear the shelter day (August/september)
For the eighth year in a row, Lawrence Humane will be participating in a nationwide effort to get every animal in every shelter matched up with a caring family to call their very own in A SINGLE DAY. Over the last several years, we’ve had anywhere from 70 to nearly 200 animals adopted on Clear the Shelter day. In 2022, our goal is to make sure that a minimum of 150 animals are sleeping in their new homes at the end of the day and our kennels are empty. Every animal that’s adopted goes home spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, dewormed, and microchipped. Each adopted animal also receives a collar, leash, and starter bag of Hill’s Science Diet pet food. Sponsorships help get these animals adoption-ready! Sponsors are included in all Clear the Shelter marketing and have opportunities to be featured on official Clear the Shelter t-shirts, participate as vendors at the event, and include promotional materials in the bags of every adopter.
In addition to sponsoring one of our events, we have a few year-round options. These are on-going efforts to spread awareness of our lifesaving work, and to help pets & people in our community keep their animals healthy.
wet nose news (available year-round in 2022)
The Wet Nose News is Lawrence Humane’s acclaimed, custom-curated, and always fresh source of news and updates on the goings on at the humane society! This multi-platform media initiative includes the regularly-updated Wet Nose News Blog, the Wet Nose News email which goes out to over 20,000 subscribers on a weekly basis, a YouTube channel, and regular social media outreach to Lawrence Humane’s 7,000+ Instagram followers and nearly 23,000 Facebook followers. Sponsorship opportunities are individually customizable and offer a fantastic marketing opportunity to expand your business’s outreach to our tens of thousands of loyal and passionate supporters!
pet vaccine clinics (available year-round in 2022)
In 2021, Lawrence Humane started hosting monthly low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics for Douglas County pets whose owners were struggling to afford basic, essential veterinary care. These monthly clinics serve an average of 40-60 pets from 30-40 households per clinic, with the vast majority of pets not having seen a veterinarian in over a year because cost is a major barrier for their families. We strive to make these clinics as accessible to the Douglas County community as possible, never wanting pet owners to have to choose between paying for their pet’s health or other expenses such as rent, food, or their own healthcare. Clinics will continue throughout 2022. Sponsorships help subsidize the cost of vaccines and microchips for pets whose owners need assistance affording them. Just $35 ensures that a pet is microchipped and has all of its annual vaccinations! Sponsors are able to sponsor an entire clinic or provide assistance to a designated number of animals per clinic. Sponsors have the opportunity to be recognized in all vaccine/microchip clinic marketing materials, Lawrence Humane social media, and in our Wet Nose News Weekly Newsletter.
For the first time ever, show your support for Lawrence Humane with one of our custom-made “Proud Supporter” yard signs or window decals! Put the yard sign in front of your business or the decal on your window or door so that anyone entering your business can see your support of the Lawrence Humane Society. Proud Supporters will also be featured in Lawrence Humane social media and in our Wet Nose News Weekly Newsletter throughout the year!