There are several ways to get involved at the Lawrence Humane Society from volunteering, becoming a foster, or participating in our many fun events throughout the year. No matter the age or area of interest, there is a way for everyone to make a difference here at the shelter! 


Lawrence Humane Society volunteers give their hearts and their time to provide love and support to the animals in our care. Our volunteers are integral to our mission, and are involved in all areas of the shelter. As a member of our volunteer family, you’ll help save and enrich the animal’s lives, improve animal welfare in our community, discover new skills, and enjoy plenty of wagging tails, purring hearts, and wet kisses along the way.


To get started, click the “Apply Now” button below to fill out a volunteer application. Once you’ve completed your application, you’ll have the opportunity to register for an upcoming orientation, where you’ll learn more about the program and next steps! 


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Become a Foster!

Sometimes, the greatest gift you can give to a homeless pet is time, love, and a temporary place to call home.

If you’re looking for a rewarding way to make a difference in the lives of pets in need — and you have a little extra room in your home and love in your heart — consider becoming a foster parent!

Lawrence Humane Society foster parents provide temporary care to animals that need a little rest and relaxation from the shelter, are not yet ready for adoption because they are recovering from injury or illness, or are too young to be adopted.


To get started, click the “Apply Now” button below to fill out a foster application. Once you’ve completed your application, you’ll be contacted to learn more about the program and next steps!


Lawrence Humane Society foster parents provide life-saving and life-changing care to pets for a variety of reasons! When completing your foster application, you’ll choose the kinds of animals you’re interested in and are comfortable caring for in your home. Animals are put into foster homes for a variety of reasons, including:

  • When a pet has been with us for awhile or is showing signs of stress in the shelter, it is so lovely to get them on a couch and enjoy some respite from the shelter environment! 
  • TLC: pets that have suffered from an injury or illness benefit from a quiet, peaceful home in which they can rest and recuperate
  • Underage Pets: pets that are not old enough to be adopted are placed in foster homes while they grow big and strong
The Lawrence Humane Society provides all of the supplies you need to care for your foster pet(s), including food, litter, medication, toys and enrichment items, and medical care. Foster parents are responsible for regularly scheduled foster care appointments (frequency varies based on the reason the animal is in foster care). Additionally, our staff is available to answer any questions you have while fostering.
Depending on your foster pet’s needs, foster periods can last anywhere from two weeks to several months.

StIll have questioNs?

Contact our Foster Coordinator
for more information!

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Give a Dog a Day-catioN.

This fun program brings shelter dogs and the community together! For a small participation fee, you’ll be matched with a dog from the Lawrence Humane Society for a day of fun and excitement. Together you can go for hike, stroll downtown, or just cuddle on your couch!


The Mass Street Mutts program is temporarily on hold. Please check back soon!

How it Works:

All participants MUST BE 18 years or older. Just pick your preferred participation date and time of pup pick up, fill out the application, and pay the participation fee using the platform below! You’ll then receive a link to view the online orientation and take a short quiz! Once your quiz answers have been reviewed, we’ll confirm your adventure!

Before you arrive on your selected date, shelter staff will work diligently to pair you with an amazing dog that matches your application answers. For example, if you indicated you’re comfortable spending time with a high-energy dog and plan to go hiking, we’ll pair you with a dog that has stamina!

On the day of your adventure, simply show up at the shelter during your designated time slot. Our staff will hook you up with a Pup Pack, which includes everything you need for your paw-some day! There is a $20 fee to participate.


Please join us for one of Lawrence Humane Society’s upcoming events: