We are open for walk-in adoptions from 12pm to 6pm!

*Wednesdays open until 5pm*

1. Take a look at all our adoptable animals below! Our website is updated daily and refreshes every 20 minutes. If the animal you are interested in says it’s in a foster home, please email us at adoptions@lawrencehumane.org so we can schedule a time for you to meet that animal!

2. When you arrive, please come to the “Adoptions” side of the building to browse available animals. Click here for directions to the shelter.

3. An adoption counselor will meet with you and help you find a perfect match! 

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A VALID PHOTO ID WHEN YOU COME TO THE SHELTER. MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD TO ADOPT.

Clear the Shelter is a national adoption event that many animal shelters participate in every year. This year, Lawrence Humane is hosting Clear the Shelter Day on August, 26th from 10am to 6pm (or until all our animals are adopted!) All adoptions on this day are fee-waived! We will try to find 175 animals loving homes in one day. 

Please bring a valid ID (must be 18 years or older to adopt) and a good attitude! It’s such a fun and busy day for staff and adopters! 

Every animal who is adopted from Lawrence Humane is spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and microchipped. You’ll also receive a free collar and leash if you adopt a dog; or a free cardboard cat carrier if you adopt a cat. Dogs must leave with a leash and collar. Cats must leave in a carrier. If you already have a carrier, you are welcome to bring that with you. 

We will have parking available across the street at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. If you need accessibility, please let the volunteer at the entrance to the parking lot know and they will direct you to where you can park!

We cannot guarantee the availability of any pet on Clear the Shelter Day. Adoptions are first-come, first-served, and pets may be adopted during regular business hours prior to the event. If your heart is set on a specific pet, we encourage you to consider adopting that pet prior to Clear the Shelter Day! 

Lawrence Humane has hosted this event for 9 years and we do not see a spike in animal surrenders, abuse or neglect after the event. A few animals might be returned in the days following for valid reasons but they’re no higher than usual! It’s a really amazing day to see so many animals go to loving homes! 

There will be no holds placed on animals for the event.

Typically, adoption fees at the Lawrence shelter are around $150 for adult dogs, $300 for puppies, $60 for adult cats and $125 for kittens; those fees will all be waived Saturday.

Due to the additional traffic on at the event, we will be unable to perform dog introductions. 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 after the event if you have questions!

Not a problem! Please email marketing@lawrencehumane.org with any questions you have. 

sort NAME GENDER COLOR BREED AGE TIME AT SHELTER
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Trixie

Bocci

Theo

Gwen

Mayday

Maximus

Gibson

Slinky

Loralei

Hugo

Isa

Panda

Mike

Reggie

Ariel

Greg

Becca

Booie

Xavier

Sunbeam

Chili

Bart

Stella Bunny

Peanut

Lassie

Kiba

Ross

Panda Joe

Arturo

Bebo

Mia

Luna Marie

Splash

Belle

Pudge

George

Buzz

Daniel

Lola

Moxie

Blueberry

Chad

Copper

Grim

Purple

Charcoal

Beauregard

Lester

Inch

Maple

Sheba

Pua

Tiger

Freddy

Benji

Sora

Azar

Sweet Pea

Robin

Hermione

Michael

Max

Pegleg Pete

Melvin

Susie

Saint

Florida

Bapi

Pearl

Stunner

Molly

Hammy

Bella Ray

Clyde

Herrman

Memento

Apricot

Shirley

Eddy Spaghetti

Dappi

Sasha

Adog

Bones

Lizhin

Stanley

Tammy

Dogo

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If you have specific questions regarding an animal before making an adoption appointment, please email adoptions@lawrencehumane.org

Yes! We are open for walk-in adoption appointments every day of the week from 12 pm (noon) to 6pm, except Wednesdays when we close at 5pm.

Adopters must be at least 18 years old and present a valid photo ID at the time of adoption.

All dogs must go home with a collar and leash; all cats must go home with a collar and carrier. Our retail store has everything you need with all proceeds benefiting our lifesaving mission!  Adopters are also welcome to bring their own collars, carriers, and leashes.

Sometimes you may need a little extra time to make a decision with other family members or get your home ready for your new arrival. A hold fee is $20. Hold fees are non-refundable and do not apply to the adoption fee. Puppy and kitten holds (5 months or younger) are good until close on the same day it is placed.  Adult animal holds are effective until the following day at close. Adopters may only place a hold after meeting the pet in person. 

The hold policy may be changed or suspended without prior notice during special circumstances such as an adoption special or times of high intake.

You can request a pet and be notified via email by PetHarbor when one of our shelter pets match your criteria. If you haven’t found a perfect match yet, please be patient! New animals come through our doors every day!

Click here to submit your request

We prefer having conversations with folks about the animal(s) they are interested in to determine if it is a fit or not before resident dogs are brought to the shelter. Please email us at adoptions@lawrencehumane.org or give us a call at 785-843-6835 to discuss the animals you are interested in! We do not facilitate meets with cats at the shelter or dog-to-dog meets with puppies that are 5 months or younger. 

If you live far away, we encourage you to get in touch with us prior to your visit so we can go over everything beforehand and make sure the animals you’re interested in are a good fit before you come to the shelter!
  • All pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption
  • Age-appropriate vaccines
  • Registered microchip
  • A bag of Hill’s Pet Nutrition Science Diet pet food 
  • A World’s Best Cat Litter adoption kit (for cat adoptions)
  • Free wellness exam by a participating local veterinary hospital within 10 days of adoption
  • Companion Protect pet health insurance precertification and enrollment opportunities

The Lawrence Humane Society is committed to finding loving homes for all healthy and treatable pets in our care. Below is a list of the ongoing special programs we offer to find forever homes for more pets.

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Customers who are 55 years or older may adopt a senior pet (7-10 years old) and receive half off the adoption fee. Senior customers who adopt a silver senior pet (11+) will have the adoption fee waived.

The Seniors for Seniors Program is generously sponsored by The Beth and Donna Fund.

Active Military can take $25 off the adoption fee for any animal one (1) year and older, year-round. Adopters must show current military ID to qualify. 

Retired veterans can take 50% off the adoption fee for any pet one (1) year and older, year-round. Adopters must be veterans (retired), and show proof of veteran status via one of the following to receive a discounted adoption through this program:

  • Uniform Services ID Card with “retired” notation
  • DD-214
  • Valid, state-issued drivers’ license with Veteran notation

Some cats that enter our care have temperaments better suited to an outdoor lifestyle and can be successfully placed with caring owners as barn cats. These cats may live in a barn, stable or other outdoor setting where they have a “job” and a better quality of life.

Some working cats are social and well-suited to a life lived outdoors or as companions to horses, making them a great addition to a variety of rural households. Others are less social and live to hunt. 

All our working cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated prior to adoption. Adoption fees for cats in our Working Cat Program are waived. Email adoptions@lawrencehumane.org to inquire about a working cat and we’ll help you find the perfect match!

Interested in a specific breed, age, or size of animal? Fill out this form and receive emails from Lawrence Humane Society (and any other shelters you select) when an animal comes into our care that match your criteria!  

In addition to adoptions at Lawrence Humane, we also have animals located at PetSmart, Petco, and Espuresso Cat Cafe!

If you’ve ever started a new job or moved to a new school, you know the feeling. New surroundings, new people, and new rules can take some time to adjust! It’s no different when you bring home your new best friend. The 3-3-3 rule is a general guideline. Every animal is unique and will adjust differently. 

Expect a couple days for your new pal to decompress and start to feel comfortable. They may feel scared or unsure of their new surroundings. Some of these animals have been through a lot of stress! Don’t be alarmed if they do not want to eat for the first few days. They may act shut down and curl up in their crate or under the table. They also might test you to see what they can get away with. Be firm but gentle with your expectations to set the tone.

After three weeks, you will start to notice your pet becoming much more comfortable as they realize this really might be their forever home! They will learn your routine and really let their personality begin to shine! Initial behavior issues may start to disappear as they understand what is expected of them. Continue to be a confident pack leader and direct your new pet to learn what is right and wrong. 

It’s been a couple months and you’ve built trust and a true bond with your animal, which gives them a complete sense of security with you. They are settled into their routines and you can know what to expect in terms of behavior. Enjoy your new rescue animal and feel proud they have adjusted to their awesome new life with you! 

It doesn’t happen overnight!

If your pet is having troubles adjusting, let us help! Email our behavior team at behavior@lawrencehumane.org