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"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:
The society’s ethos is to give, teach, and adopt love. Will you share your love with a lucky animal at Lexington Humane Society?
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:
Adoption fees at Lexington Humane Society are as follows:
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.
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.
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:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
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.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
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.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.