Lawrence Humane Society’s dog adoption special, running through Sunday, aims to mitigate kennel space crisis

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The Lawrence Humane Society's shelter is located at 1805 E. 19th St.

Story updated at 8:24 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023:

The Lawrence Humane Society is in a crisis situation in regard to its open kennel space, and it’s hoping an adoption special on dogs and puppies running through this weekend will help to clear some room.

Elina Alterman, the Humane Society’s director of development and communications, told the Journal-World earlier this week that there were only a handful of open kennels available in the holding area at the back of the shelter and none on the adoption floor.

That’s what prompted the adoption special, which runs through the end of the day Sunday, Dec. 3. Dogs ages 6 months and older are only $25 to adopt, rather than their usual $150 fee, and puppies are only $75, down from $300. Those adoption fees include the costs of spaying, neutering, vaccinations, deworming and microchips.

The reason for the issue, Alterman said, is in part due to dog adoptions slowing down both nationally and locally.

“We very much need our community’s support,” Alterman said. “If anyone has been thinking about adopting a dog, now is the perfect time.”


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