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Would you consider adopting your next pet from the Lawrence Humane Society?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 13, 2006

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“Yes. I adopted the dog I have now from the Humane Society. Her old family didn’t want her anymore, and they would have put her to sleep. It was kind of a rescue thing. She’s a great dog.”

Photo of Kevin Shutts

“Yes, of course. There are a lot of pets there that need good homes.”

Photo of Monicka Remboldt

“Yes. I would definitely consider it, but we already have four cats, a dog, a hamster and a betta fish.”

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“I would probably go there. If no one adopts them, then they have to put them down. So I would at least look there first.”


jonas 11 years, 7 months ago

Yep, one of my cats is from the Humane Society, and she came suitably psychotic enough to please me greatly. She's also very soft and fluffy.

ohjayhawk 11 years, 7 months ago


I remember reading about that. That was well after I left out there, but I had a friend that was living on 15th street west of Iowa during that time. He said he never saw it though.

HappyFace 11 years, 7 months ago

I got my cat there almost 10 years ago. She is wonderful....though a little crazy at times...but she is a big part of this family and I would do it again...if she would allow another animal in the about possessive!!! laff :)

ohjayhawk 11 years, 7 months ago

I guess I didn't technically answer the question... we are considering adopting another dog in the future and it definitely will be from our local humane society.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 7 months ago


I think perhaps you have a bit of an unrealistic picture of outdoor animals like barn cats.

bankboy119 11 years, 7 months ago

I have to ask the first poster...isn't $90 a lot for dinner?

And yes we'd definitely consider adopting from the humane society. It's money well spent.

BorderRat 11 years, 7 months ago

t.o.b., you don't think he's going to wok the dog do ya?

bastet 11 years, 7 months ago


Nope. No illusions here. I know a great deal about barn cats. But Pywacket it right; even barn cats need to be given shots and general health maintenance. As I said, unattended animals breed more of the same and pass around nasty stuff like rabies.

Tony Kisner 11 years, 7 months ago

We adopted the best dog I have ever owned from the LHS.

Centrist 11 years, 7 months ago

Umm ... nveyt_truong adopts "many dog".

Trying hard to be fair but ...

Why MANY??


Bone777 11 years, 7 months ago

I have heard that small dogs taste a lot like big cats.

Nveyt - enjoy

Tychoman 11 years, 7 months ago

If only the cats Delilah and her twins Thing 1 and Thing 2 that lived under my front porch at home were as well-behaved as the cats at the HS.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 7 months ago

RI, very oft, the hubby does smell bad. He cleans up real good, though. to be read in red-neck hick voice

samsnewplace 11 years, 7 months ago

Probably not due to the cost involved. You can always find classified ads for free puppies and kittens, but the price they charge at the Humane Society is outrageous.

irnmadn88 11 years, 7 months ago

Just adopted a male 5 month old lab mix from the Humane Society 3 weeks ago. Very nice demeanor. Keeps our other 6 year old, 65 pound lab mix very busy. I wonder how big he will get...

willie_wildcat 11 years, 7 months ago

Irish- Wow that is a big cat!!! My youngest is about 13 pounds and he loves to throw it around lol.

ohjayhawk 11 years, 7 months ago


I can sure relate to your golden retriever/horse mix. I think our black lab has the some horse lineage. We just weighed him at a local pet store yesterday. He is now a svelte 93 pounds.

ohjayhawk 11 years, 7 months ago

My wife and I adopted our dog from our local humane society, and he's been a wonderful addition to our new family.

ohjayhawk 11 years, 7 months ago


It's hard to judge the size of that opossum from that pic, but if it was full grown, you have some mighty strong cats!

sgtwolverine 11 years, 7 months ago

I would consider adopting my next pet from Dr. Suess.

Actually, I don't think I'll have a pet for a long time, if ever.

BrianR 11 years, 7 months ago

Both of our dogs came from the HS. I don't think $90. is a lot to adopt a dog. If you can't afford $90. to get a dog you sure can't afford to keep it in food, shots, etc., etc.

Do they have mountain lions at the Humane Society?

geekin_topekan 11 years, 7 months ago

The $90 price tag is a bit much.I understand operating costs and all but,$90?Especially when you can find most generic cats or dogs for free. Also,I know of at least one instance where the waiting period had led to the euthanasia of kitten because while the "investigation" dragged on for days and eventually weeks the kitten got sick from breathing cat breath all day. For the good of the animal back fires sometimes.I believe this kitten would have been alive and happy today if not for a too thorough investigation.After all,it is a cat we are speaking of.They stand a far better chance of survival anywhere outside of the Humane Society.Whether adopted or roaming the streets.That is what they are built for.Survival.They have the teeth,the fur,the senses to live in the wild as God had intended.Or not,which is also God's plan if you believe in such things. Sure,they'd breed like maggots and we'd have cats running for office but at least keep the title Humane Society in perspective. A concentration of feral or unwanted animals to be groomed and sold or put to sleep. Stiffer cruelty laws would deter the breeding and fighting and mistreatment of animals but they should be enforced by qualified and unbiased officials.Not some animal lovers that only want to do what is best in their own,egotistic opinion.

What was the question again?

willie_wildcat 11 years, 7 months ago

That is where I got one of my cats from...90 dollars is not that much after you tack on food, shots, etc. To me that is 90 dollars well spent. He has been a great addition to the family :)

Linda Aikins 11 years, 7 months ago

Absolutely. I'd especially want a "bob"cat.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 7 months ago

I must say that the idea of paying vet expenses for house pets is foreign to me. Not bad; just foreign. I grew up in the country, and our cats and dogs were (and still are, but only cats now) outside. If they lived, okay; if they died, okay. No big deal. No vets involved.

That is probably why I do not see myself having that sort of a pet.

bastet 11 years, 7 months ago


I certainly understand what you mean, but surely you realize that unattended to pets--dogs or cats--create more unattended to animals and can spread disease to others. Did you have cattle and horses when you lived in the country? Did you have vet visits for them? It's the same issue. The animals in our lives all deserve a responsible caretaker whether they live outdoors or not.

And by the way, geeken_topekan, that rant of yours was appalling and an example of exactly the sort of attitude that creates the need for the Humane Society in the first place.

Adrienne Sanders 11 years, 7 months ago

Sgtwolverine- the pets that the humane society adopts out are not meant to be barn cats, they are meant to be house pets. If you need a barn cat just get one from someone else whose barn cat had kittens.

Anyone who thinks you can just get a "free" pet from an ad in the paper needs to do their homework. To have a dog or cat "fixed" and get basic shots that the H.S. gives would cost you quite a bit more than $90 at your vet. If you planned to save $ by skipping the shots and spay/neutering, you don't need to own a pet anyway.

I have two cats adopted from the HS and they are happy, healthy, adorable and well worth the cost. =)

sourpuss 11 years, 7 months ago

I wish Lawrence would have the same laws on the books that some other cities have and that is nullifying the "no pets" clause in leases. I live in a city where pets are allowed in any rental save conjoined rooms in a private home. Basically, if you have your own enclosed apartment, you can have up to two legal pets and no landlord can say otherwise. The city council instituted this to keep animals from being abandoned.

The thing I never understood about the "no pets" clause is that if you have your own space, and you have to pay for damage anyway, then who cares if it is a dog or a kid making the noise or causing the damage? You certainly can't have a "no kids" clause, even though I know that a lot of people would rather neighbor with someone who had a couple of cats than a couple of kids. Why are some landlords allowed to tell people how they can live? Seems pretty un-American to me...

A to the question, I have adopted many an animal from the Humane Society throughout my life and I would do so again. Animals know when you've done them a good turn.

Kat Christian 11 years, 7 months ago

Yes, BUT when my Sheltie of 15 years passed away I just had to have another dog. I went to the shelter first but the cost of getting a dog was just too high at one time for me to afford so I found an Ad in the JLW of someone giving away a puppy - an Australian shepherd mixed with border. That was 8 years ago and I still have him. He's a great big hairy lovable creature too.

Unfortunetly our society is leaning towards making it so difficult to own dogs and cats. Most rentals won't allow pets and if they do they charge an extra fee or up the rent. So renters basically get penalized for being a pet lover. In doing so more and more pets are being sent to shelters (or abused/neglected) and less and less pets are able to be adopted. The flip side is there are so many people who are not responsible pet owners or commit to a lifetime of caring for that pet.

I would rather see pets who are sweetly adoptable but unable to be adopted sent to one of those farms that prevent putting down animals. There is one in Utah. Can't remember the name of it.

Anyway, yes the shelter would be my first choice and it was only I could not afford the total cost at that time. I use to visit it but it just breaks my heart to see these animals abandoned. How can people do this?

acg 11 years, 7 months ago

If I were going to get a pet, yes, I would get one from the Humane Society. My doggy died last month (she was 14 years old ) and we decided not to get another dog for a while. I just don't have the extra time it takes to properly take care of an animal right now and it wouldn't be fair to have a doggy that doesn't get the attention it needs. I can't stand going to the shelter, btw. It breaks my heart to hear them all barking and see the hopeful looks on their faces. I commend the people who work there. If it were me, I would be taking them all home with me.

justthefacts 11 years, 7 months ago

Answer to question - YES. We got our two cats from there 10 years ago and I will go back there if I ever need or want another pet. I deliberately got two animals the last time, because the cat we had before that was a monster to other animals. He would have tried to kill any other pet we tried bringing into the house. So when he passed away, we got decided to try two. That has proved to be a good idea! I think they like the company!

sunflower_sue 11 years, 7 months ago

Well, I'd like to, but the last time we tried to adopt a dog, we got turned down because we do not have a fenced yard (we live in the country). Since then, I've purchased one of those "wireless fences." Most animals around here just "show up." We have a really great golden retriever/horse mix that just showed up as a puppy. He's awesome. Little dogs are harder to come by, however, and I need a "yappy house dog" to scare away grown men that come to the door in search of hunting rights. Just last week I let the yap monster (named Bruno) slip out of the door when a too persistant man came to the door. I said "Oops! Be careful and walk very slowly back to your truck. That big dog over there won't hurt you, but this little one will take your toes off." It was almost more than I could stand to watch the man walk backwards to his truck. (I'm going to he!!) Yes, this is how I amuse myself. snicker

We also have 4 cats that have just "showed up."

And, as Bob Barker incourages...all of our pets are spayed or neutered.

Kiana Griffin 11 years, 7 months ago

Lawrence Humane Society will not let you adopt a cat from their shelter if you ever intend to let it out of the house. We took the kids down and spent quite a bit of time picking out just the right cat and going though all the proper procedures only to have our application denied because we wanted an indoor/outdoor cat. I can understand the principle behind this policy, but it should be made known to the public BEFORE they start the adoption process - not after they become attached to an animal. I think they should post it on their website and their front door.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 7 months ago

I have to take issue with the term "unattended" in this instance. I do not believe simply not providing medical care to a cat or dog makes it unattended. An unattended animal would be the wild cat that wanders our area -- a cat which, I should note, did not come from our farm. We do take care to feed our cats, which keeps them around, and when it comes to anything else, we let nature handle them. I think that is far from irresponsible. (Remarkably, the world survived before animal doctors.) And we have yet to have biological or reproductive disasters in our area.

Now, for an animal in the city, every precaution should be taken. But in the country? Clearly, there is a wide variety of thought in that regard, but I do not agree that medical care is a need; my experience does not compel me to agree with that school of thought.

acg 11 years, 7 months ago

My dog never went to the vet. When she was a pup she got her shots and it almost killed her. I had to take her back to the vet, to the tune of $350 worth of tests and boarding and she was very close to death and the vet could only attribute it to the shots. From that point on, I never took her back, except once to be spayed and once cause she got a fish hook thru her lip. So, she lived fine, in doggy luxury, actually, for 14 years without all of those trips to the vet. I think sometimes people take that stuff overboard, just like trips to their own doctors. But that's just me. I'm a simple livin' kind of gal. :)

Ceallach 11 years, 7 months ago

I adopted a dog from the Lawrence Humane Society last July. She is an older dog, a wonderful pet. Not sure why someone had to leave her there (she was a direct donation, not a stray), but I am totally happy with her. My last dog died in March at 14 years of age, he was also a "pound puppy." I've had very good experiences with the shelter and its staff. Periodically, my grandchildren and I make contributions to the shelter, item from their "needs" list.

Ceallach 11 years, 7 months ago

btw, my new old dog :) did not carry the $90 price tag. She was already spayed so the adoption cost was $35 and for another dollar they threw in a bag of dogfood. I wanted a dog that was housebroken, spayed/neutered and tolerant of children and cats. That's exactly what I got. She had already been given aggression tests (at the shelter) and met all of my requirements. They do a lot to help would-be owners know in advance what the challenges may with with a given animal. Because I had previously adopted, had not changed locations, and the dog had been screened, I did not have a waiting period.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 7 months ago

Although I know that spaying or neutering is best, I had a cat once that almost died from being spayed. It turned out that she had a sluggish liver, and didn't process things the way most cats do. The anethesia almost killed her. Took her three days to totally come out from under, and during that time the vet said he didn't know if she'd make it. She turned out to be okay, but it was quite a scare.

Luckily, you only have to do that once...

I would probably adopt from the shelter if I was looking for an animal, but I'm not. Although I did that once. I got a four month old kitten. He'd already had his shots and everything through the shelter, and within a month he got sick and died.

I didn't want to go through the emotional upheaval again.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 7 months ago

sgt, I understand where you are coming from. My hubby grew up a country boy and pets were considered to be outdoor animals only. No shots...ever. When I met the hubby, he had a dog named Homer. Homer was a very loved big mutt of some shepherd variety. He was not neglected. On the contrary, he was fed (in addition to his regular food) a grease sandwich every morning by the hubby's who lived next door. ate bacon every morning and cleaned her skillet w/ a piece of white bread and fed it to the dog. The dog never received a shot. He lived to be 13. never received a shot, either, and she lived to be 99. They must have been made of the same hardy stock. :) That, or we should all eat bacon and white bread!

Janet Lowther 11 years, 7 months ago

A friend volunteered some years back with the Lawrence Humane Society, but quit after he discovered a clause in the adoption contract he found outrageous: They forbid dogs from being anything but companion animals.

No hunting for bird dogs, no herding for Border Collies or Aussies: I don't know about the bird dogs, but a Border Collie will try to heard just anything that moves. . . Allowing them to be productive is a kindness not exploitation.

Harry_Manback 11 years, 7 months ago

I don't think $90 is a lot of money for a pet. I got my cat free from a friend, but all her vet appointments for that first year for shots and getting spayed probably cost about $300. I think if I get another cat I'll go to the shelter, just cause I feel like I'm doing a good thing and it's a lot cheaper.

The only thing I have issue with is that a lot of shelters won't adopt pets to college students. I understand the logic, but I've had my kitty for a few years, and although I'm a college student, she gets all the attention and care she needs. When I graduate and move this summer, she's coming with me. No apartment or house is worth living in if I can't have her there with me. I have a lot of college friends who feel the same way about their pets, and it's sad that a lot of shelters won't adopt to us!

Harry_Manback 11 years, 7 months ago

Also about that whole extra rent thing...I only paid a one-time deposit of $100. However, my best friend paid half a month's rent ($400) and has to pay like $25 a month for her small dog. I think I heard somewhere that it's against some code for them to charge a monthly fee in addition to the deposit.

Now that I have to start looking for a new place to live in another city soon, I'm kind of worried about the whole pet thing. I'd never give my cat away, but I wish landlords would just give you a chance. My cat has NEVER damaged anything (other than my couch, which I own). Therefore, I think renters should accept letters of reference from previous landlords if the pet has been good, instead of denying someone's tenancy based on the premise that the animal will definately destroy their property.

pinkrose 11 years, 7 months ago

Kudos to the Humane Society for all the work they do. Yes I would pay $90.00 to save an animal from an untimely death. I live rurally and recently found four plump kittens that appeared well taken care of which leads me to believe someone dumped them near a forest. The other three died - One was hit by a vehicle (not mine) and the other two appear as if they were killed by another animial. Shame on the person who did that. We have kept the kitten and has made a nice addition to our family. She's a great kitten.

Ceallach 11 years, 7 months ago

I have little patience for people who are too "sensitive" to euthanize an animal . . . instead they dump it out in the country so it can either suffer a long painful death from starvation or death by a predator!! How humane . . . NOT.

TDP should get a clue, most domesticated animals are not equipped to survive in the woods, and people living in the country can't afford to care for every animal you losers dump. (omb, I took the liberty of converting your YPD to TDP, T meaning those:)

sunflower_sue 11 years, 7 months ago

RI, killer yap doggie can just smell the bad ones! (He likes your spousal unit and devil spawn just fine.)

As per the black panther, I didn't see it...I just play the sister of someone who did . (You do realize that until a few years ago, LV co had no...or very lax...laws governing exotic pets? I figure someone's kitty just got expelled before the co. decided to start fining people.)

badger 11 years, 7 months ago

You know, I've never had a problem finding apartments that allowed pets. I've had to pay extra deposits or agree that part of my deposit was nonrefundable, but usually I've had my pick of five or six places to rent that allowed pets. During my move to Austin, I encountered all of one apartment complex that didn't allow pets at all. I guess maybe I'm living in a different sort of apartment than people whose landlords prohibit it.

My cat is a former farm cat, a long-haired calico. I adopted her at a couple months old, and the shots and spaying were almost a hundred dollars seven years ago (however, the spaying was extra because she was underweight even at a year old, so they had to use special anasthaesia). I don't think $90 is that much.

My SO and I just adopted a kitten this summer from one of those groups that has the pets at Petsmart and Petco for adoption. They canvass the shelters and take healthy cats and dogs that are close to running out of time, and they're no-kill. The adoption fee ran close to $150, but he was already fixed and he came with a certificate good for a free vet visit, and a book of coupons for food, toys, and kitty litter, which mitigated the cost of the adoption somewhat. For the record, we did try the actual Austin Humane Society first, but they had really prohibitive hours (almost no evening hours, few hours on the weekends), so after going down there a few times and missing them, we happened to be driving home by the Petsmart and saw the "Kittens Today" sign, and took one home. The Humane Society would probably have been less expensive, but more hassle because they do a waiting period, a background check, and a lot more paperwork.

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