Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Lawrence Humane Society seeking temporary housing for up to 60 dogs

January 21, 2013


The Lawrence Humane Society will be undergoing kennel repairs in February and is in need of temporary housing for up to 60 dogs. The animal shelter will provide free pet food, supplies and veterinary care for the fostered animals, along with foster care orientation workshops.

Foster volunteers are required by the Kansas Department of Agriculture to register and pay a $10 license fee. The humane society will also limit its dog intake for February to stray dogs only in order to help manage the shelter population while the kennels are fixed.

Free foster care orientations will be conducted at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St., at:

• 5 p.m. Thursday in Building 1;

• 1 p.m. Saturday in Building 2;

• 5 p.m. Jan. 31 in Building 1;

• 1 p.m. Feb. 2 in Building 1.

For more information or to schedule an alternative orientation date, send email to or call 785-843-6835.


Cindy Wallace 5 years, 4 months ago

so much for free if you charge a registration fee of $10.00 !

make_a_difference 5 years, 4 months ago

The Kansas Department of Agriculture charges the $10 fee, not the Humane Society. Typically when a person fosters an animal, the cost of regular maintence is part of that choice to foster.

The Shelter offering to provide that helps people willing to give of their time & homes.

sustainabilitysister 5 years, 4 months ago

"The humane society will also limit its dog intake for February to stray dogs only in order to help manage the shelter population while the kennels are fixed." This policy defeats one of the main purposes of having a humane society. That purpose is to give people a humane option when they are in a position where they cannot keep a companion animal anymore. This decision will lead to people committing inhumane acts with their "pets". Doors should always be open to incoming companion animals whether they be stray or owner released in order to minimize cruelty and neglect in our county. This is disappointing.

elliottaw 5 years, 4 months ago

They didn't say that they would stop it, they said they would limit it, people know ahead of time so if they are thinking about it they can do it now or tough it out until March. They building is pretty much going to be closed and what room they still have is going to be limited, what do you want them to do.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 4 months ago

I agree with you. They should also make arrangements to accept all dogs, even if it is to put them in temporary foster care. The dog we have was in foster care from an animal care facility in Auburn. She was forced to live in the garage because the people fostering her's dog would not allow another dog in the house. She was about 8 when we got her, we adopted her because we were concerned that no one would due to her age and color. She has been a wonderful pet. I would consider helping the humane shelter, but I fear she would be very territorial and we would have the same problem she had while waiting to be adopted.

elliottaw 5 years, 4 months ago

They need to have time to evaluate the dogs before they can place them in foster care to, so if they have 10 kennels available and they pick up 8 strays, they have to hold those strays for so long so they can be claimed, checked, and put up for foster care, they can't take 4 dogs people are turning in because they would not have room, people may have to hold on to their pets for a little longer, it is not like they said they would never allow people to drop their pets off again, they are just saying while they remodel in Feb. they would limit intake, which I would assume is on a space available situation.

Deb Stavin 5 years, 4 months ago

FYI: There are shelters in Kansas City and Topeka.

sustainabilitysister 5 years, 4 months ago

Unfortunately a large majority of individuals that are in desperate situations will not be informed of the shelter not being an option for them. They won't go to KC or Topeka. They will try one humane option only and find that option closed to them. Euthanasia is an unfortunate thing but we don't live in an idealist world yet when it comes to pet overpopulation. The Lawrence Humane Society is not a no-kill shelter and nor should it be. No-kill shelters do in fact "kill" and their doors are usually closed to incoming animals because they are at capacity. They do help with the cause but are only helpful if in close proximity to a traditional shelter that has open doors to all which minimizes cruel and inhumane acts towards companion animals.

kawrivercrow 5 years, 4 months ago

Thank you for making some excellent points in a clearly-stated manner.

Not many people know about the specious nature of these so-called "no kill shelters". Another problem is that they often get a disproportionate amount of public donations, while letting the real shelters go under-funded.

sustainabilitysister 5 years, 4 months ago

You are so right. Often no kill shelters do get more monies because the title sounds more politically correct, when the brunt of the burden is placed on traditional shelters that have open doors to all incoming animals. Another myth is that no-kill shelters do not euthanize. This is simply not true.

DillonBarnes 5 years, 4 months ago

How long? For the entire month of February?

FlintlockRifle 5 years, 4 months ago

Do you pick and choose or does the shelder just pass one on to you??? You could wind up with ole SPIKE-----

RaynRavyn 5 years, 4 months ago

I have not fostered for the shelter in Lawrence, but where I have fostered in the past, it is a little of both. You fill out a foster profile detailing your homelife, what kinds of dogs you favor (or don't), if there are any behavior issues you are willing to work with, etc., and they match you with an animal(s) that fit you. You also have every right to refuse a certain animal for whatever reason.

LogicMan 5 years, 4 months ago

Even better would be for folk to fully adopt these dogs. Waived or reduced fee?

LadyJ 5 years, 4 months ago

Unfortunately a lot of these dogs are pit bull or pit bull mixes which some insurance companies will cancel your homeowners policy if you have one. Our company actually drives by our house and checks our dog pen and takes pictures of any dogs they see in our yard.

elliottaw 5 years, 4 months ago

So you can't have German sheppards, Rottweilers, Doberman punchers or any other type of guard dog the media has over blown either, wow I would say get a different insurance agency your doesn't sound like it cares about facts.

Anthony Mall 5 years, 4 months ago

Pet owners need to be charged for giving up the dog!!! "Landlord won't let us keep it", "got bigger than we thought", "I'm moving", and these idiots let foreign exchange students adopt dogs!!! What happens when the leave?? They leave them alone until someone finds it!!! When you own a pet you need to understand the responsibility of owning a pet!!!

Anthony Mall 5 years, 4 months ago

That's true... Every pet should be chipped, so when the animal is found you get charged then... I'm just sick of irresponsible pet owners!!!

LadyJ 5 years, 4 months ago

When I was growing up in Lawrence, you had to get a license tag at the police station for your dogs.

MsLEH 5 years, 4 months ago

They do charge... $40 to surrender a pet

LWbored 5 years, 4 months ago

Be thankful we have such a large shelter and they do such a great job with our city's pet population. When is the last time you saw a wild group of dogs in your neighborhood or had to worry about Rabies? The wonderful staff at the Humane Society will find a solution for any animals that need shelter in February. They work with the community everyday and can handle this... don't insult them or doubt how much they care about animals.

LadyJ 5 years, 3 months ago

Another memory from my youth in Lawrence. The Humane Society use to have a large cage by the front door were people could leave an animal 24 hrs a day. Many people would wait until they closed and then leave them in the cage.

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