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Lawrence Humane Society waiving adoption fee Saturday

May 31, 2013

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The Lawrence Humane Society is waiving adoption fees for cats and dogs Saturday.

Staff at the Humane Society decided to waive fees from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in order to clear out the shelter to prepare for its participation in the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100k challenge, a pet-adoption contest that ends Aug. 31. Fifty humane societies nationwide are competing, and the Lawrence shelter has the goal to adopt out 1,500 animals this summer.

More than 100 cats and dogs will be available Saturday at the humane society, 1805 E. 19th St. All animals will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

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elliottaw 1 year, 3 months ago

That sounds like a good idea but how many people will just get them because they are free and not take care of them

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rlmtyco 1 year, 3 months ago

I have in the past been upset with certain businesses with their policies and how they have treated people. With some exceptions such as this, we need to remember who we are really supporting here which is the animals.

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 3 months ago

We also have animals adopted from LHS. Recently our 16 year old cat was picked up 4 blocks from our house??? She is always there to be feed in the morning and to greet us when we come home from work. She also is very social and greets strangers to be petted. Clearly someone picked her up and took her and then dumped her. LHS didn't care and claimed she was dehydrated and needed grooming??? Really??? We will not be adopting from there again!!!

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elliottaw 1 year, 3 months ago

Why was she left outside if not on a leash? They are allowed to pick up strays weather dog or cat.

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 3 months ago

If you left your lawnmower outside and went to use the bathroom, could I just come take it because you weren't watching/using it? No! Its against the law. The same thing happened to my cat basically!!!

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elliottaw 1 year, 3 months ago

If it was a stuffed animal your comparison would be more relevant, you locked your cat outside all day long and you want people to feel bad because it was picked up by animal control or because a neighbor turned it in for being at large? Sorry my heart doesn't bleed for you it bleeds for the cat who is left to fend for itself all day, and at age 16 that is pretty much like locking your Grandmother out of the house.

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 3 months ago

She likes being outside. Comparing to my Grandmother? Really!

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elliottaw 1 year, 3 months ago

A 16 year old cat has health comparable to a 84 year old person, so yes it is like leaving Nanna on the porch with crackers and a bottle of water and hoping nothing bad happens

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 3 months ago

Should farmer Ted keep his cow in the barn when it gets old?

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elliottaw 1 year, 3 months ago

There is a big difference between a cow and a cat. There is also a big difference between a barn cat and a house cat. It your animal is off of your property it is considered at large. Just because it is a cat, or a small dog, doesn't make it ok to leave it outside to fend for itself.

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 3 months ago

Somebody clearly took her off MY property. That was against the law but LHS doesn't care because it was just another story. We have had her 16 years and she has been an outside cat only a few. She has gotten excellent food and vet care for those 16 years. End of story!!!

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elliottaw 1 year, 3 months ago

So then she was on a chain? How else would you know someone took her off your property.

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 3 months ago

I wouldn't put her on a chain. Its against the law!

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 3 months ago

Cheezit, no! You let the cat out in the morning and let her in at night? Where was she supposed to find water and food all day? She did get dehydrated. Also, being outside and wanted to be petted by strangers was an excellent way for a stranger to assume she had been abandoned.

The lawnmower comparison is not apt as the mower would be in the yard and there is a lot of difference between going in the house for a few minutes and being gone from morning to evening. If you left a mower unattended for that long, you might very well find it gone.

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 3 months ago

No!!!! She has water and food available all day. Try again!

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 3 months ago

Okay, you went inside and sat down and fell asleep for an hour???? Does that mean your lawnmower was abandoned?

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Tomato 1 year, 3 months ago

But you actually left your "lawnmower" 4 blocks from your house.

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 3 months ago

No somebody took her off my property and she ended up four blocks away.

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geoismeo 1 year, 3 months ago

Now that Midge is gone, I would consider adopting. I hate being treated with contempt.

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parrothead8 1 year, 3 months ago

That'll teach those homeless animals.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 3 months ago

I have a cat, and my daughter has a dog that was adopted from the shelter. The employees are wonderful and I suspect the work is never ending in behalf of the animals.

Before you ever get an animal you should make a plan as to what will happen to that animal if you ever need to release it from your care. Be aware that this is a lifetime commitment to a living creature who needs love and security just as you do.

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Tomato 1 year, 3 months ago

Several years ago, we adopted a kitten from the Lawrence Humane Society. We filled out the application and were treated by the employees like we were running a dog-fighting ring and were looking to steal kittens as cheap food. After about two weeks, they finally deigned to approve us.

Unfortunately, our little kitten was plagued with problems that our vet explained was likely due to overcrowding. Indeed, when they pulled her from her cage at the Humane Society, she was covered in feces because there was no room for the animals to move or clean themselves. It's a shame she spent two extra weeks in that filth - she might have had a chance if we'd been able to take her home sooner.

She had a variety of parasites and communicable illnesses - including the one that proved fatal about a month after we brought her home (she had FIP - which commonly spreads in overcrowded shelter environments).

We chose not to adopt from the Humane Society ever again.

I've been in there since the new management took over to drop off donations, and the staff has been friendlier and the place looks and smells much cleaner. It's clear that the new management makes every effort to avoid the horrible conditions of the past and appears to actually want people to come and adopt animals. The shelter has done a total 180 for the better since the previous manager was let go.

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irvan moore 1 year, 3 months ago

we've gotten our doggies from the humane society for years, great additions to our family and the people at the humane society treated us well, and cheezit, the humane society didn't pick up your cat, they cared for it after Animal Control picked it up, i'd be saying thank you, not blaming them

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 3 months ago

And remember, that animals, no matter the species or breed, can get into trouble when they are allowed to roam on their own.

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ridikkulus 1 year, 3 months ago

Me, too. I have a terrible soft spot for the seniors. I can understand when a pet owner dies, or gets put into a hospital, but I have NO understanding of people who just drop their dog off "because it got old". That infuriates me. Happens more than you might think.

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