Lexington Humane Society

Lexington, Kentucky

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About Lexington Humane Society

"Simply stated, we Give Love, Teach Love, and Adopt Love."

Founded in 1889, Lexington Humane Society is the largest pet adoption organization in Central Kentucky. They have hundreds of dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, other small animals all waiting to be adopted every single day. Sometimes you may even find a horse, pig, or chicken at their shelter, too!

As a non-profit humane agency, they rely entirely on grants, donations, and community support to survive. They advocate compassionate, humane treatment of all animals while serving to educate the public in responsible lifelong pet ownership.

In addition to a comprehensive adoption program, Lexington Humane Society offers the following services:

  • Foster care for pets awaiting a new loving forever home
  • Pet food pantry for low-income households
  • Free/low-cost spay/neuter clinics
  • Community cats program
  • Specialized medical treatments and procedures for animals needing critical/special care
  • Educational summer camp for kids
  • Humane education for schools, groups, and businesses
  • Volunteer program
  • Specialized training and support for dogs awaiting adoption

The society’s ethos is to give, teach, and adopt love. Will you share your love with a lucky animal at Lexington Humane Society?

Contact Info

1600 Old Frankfort Pike
(859) 233-0044
Website: lexingtonhumanesociety.org

Hours of Operation

Mon - Sat: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

Lexington Humane Society is committed to helping you find your purrfect match. Their “Finders-Keepers” adoption program has been created to ensure your pet match is for life.

Adoption Specialists work alongside you to find the pet which best suits your lifestyle and family situation.

They also provide plenty of pre- and post-adoption information to ensure you and your pet have the support you both need. If you've already done some research and are ready to adopt, here’s how it works:

  1. Visit the shelter in person or browse their website to search for your new best friend.
  2. Print out and complete the pre-adoption survey to speed up the adoption process. This can also be filled out at the shelter.
  3. Allow at least 1 hour for your visit to meet the pets and complete any paperwork.
  4. Work with an experienced Adoption Specialist, who can guide you through the process and answer any specific questions you may have.
  5. If you don’t find the one on your first visit, sign up for the "First Contact" service to receive notifications when a new pet arrives that matches your search.
  6. Make sure you bring a valid photo ID and landlord contract (if you rent) to be able to adopt that same day.
  7. If you'e lucky enough to find a forever friend, all that's left is to complete some paperwork and pay the associated fees, and you'll be free to start your new happy lives together!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Lexington Humane Society are as follows:

  • Dogs/puppies: $79-$299
  • Cats/kittens: $1-$89
  • Rabbits and other pets: Starting from $5

All prices above exclude tax and a mandatory $8 Fayette County cat/dog license fee. All adopted animals must leave in a pet carrier or on a collar and leash, which you can bring from home or purchase at the adoption center.

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, deworming, flea control, up-to-date vaccinations (including rabies and canine influenza vaccines), microchipping and registration, feline leukemia testing, heartworm testing and prevention, a complimentary veterinary wellness exam, and one month of free pet insurance.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Lexington Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

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