There are several ways to get involved at the Lawrence Humane Society from volunteering, becoming a foster, or participating in our many fun events throughout the year. No matter the age or area of interest, there is a way for everyone to make a difference here at the shelter! 


Lawrence Humane Society volunteers give their hearts and their time to provide love and support to the animals in our care. Our volunteers are integral to our mission, and are involved in all areas of the shelter. As a member of our volunteer family, you’ll help save and enrich the animal’s lives, improve animal welfare in our community, discover new skills, and enjoy plenty of wagging tails, purring hearts, and wet kisses along the way.


To get started, click the “Apply Now” button below to fill out a volunteer application. Once you’ve completed your application, you’ll have the opportunity to register for an upcoming orientation, where you’ll learn more about the program and next steps! 


Open our heart and home...
become a foster!

Sometimes, the greatest gift you can give to a shelter pet is time, love, and a temporary place to call home.

If you’re looking for a rewarding way to make a difference in the lives of pets in need — and you have a little extra room in your home and love in your heart — consider becoming a foster parent!

Lawrence Humane foster parents provide temporary care to animals that need a little rest and relaxation from the shelter, are not yet ready for adoption because they are recovering from injury or illness, or are too young to be adopted.

Become a foster today!

To get started, click the “Apply Now” button below to fill out a foster application. Once you’ve completed your application, you’ll be contacted to learn more about the program and next steps!


Lawrence Humane foster parents provide care to pets for a variety of reasons! When completing your foster application, you’ll choose the kinds of animals you’re interested in and are comfortable caring for in your home. Animals are put into foster homes for a variety of reasons, including:

  • When a pet has been with us for awhile or is showing signs of stress in the shelter: it is so lovely to get them on a couch and allow them to enjoy some respite from the shelter environment! 
  • TLC: pets that have suffered from an injury or illness benefit from a quiet, peaceful home in which they can rest and recuperate.
  • Puppies and kittens: pets that are not old enough to be adopted are placed in foster homes while they grow big and strong

We provide you with all of the supplies and resources you need to care for your foster pet(s), including food, litter, medication, toys and enrichment items, medical care, and advice/tips. 

Depending on your foster pet’s needs, foster periods can last anywhere from a few days to several months.


Contact our Foster Coordinator
for more information!


Please join us for one of Lawrence Humane Society’s upcoming events: