Your supPoRT HelPs
SavE liVEs!

Because of our volunteers and foster parents, we are able to provide compassionate care to several thousand pets every year.

There are many ways you can help us protect and care for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals.


Lawrence Humane Society volunteers give their hearts, their time, and their all to provide love and support to the homeless pets 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 pets’ lives, improve animal welfare in our community, make new friends (two- and four-legged), 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 for starting your volunteer


Open Your Heart and Home...
Become a Foster!

Sometimes, the greatest gift you can give to a homeless 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 Society foster parents provide temporary care to animals that are not yet ready for adoption because they are recovering from injury or illness, or are too young to be adopted.


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 for starting your journey


Lawrence Humane Society foster parents provide life-saving and life-changing 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 recommended for our foster program for a variety of reasons, including:

  • TLC: pets that have suffered from an injury or illness benefit from a quiet, peaceful home in which to rest and recuperate
  • Underage Pets: pets that are not old enough to be adopted are placed in foster homes while they grow big and strong
  • Adoption Ambassadors: pets that are having difficulty adjusting to life in the shelter are placed in foster homes with our ambassador families
The Lawrence Humane Society provides all of the supplies you need to care for your foster pet(s), including food, litter, medication, toys and enrichment items, and medical care. Foster parents are responsible for regularly scheduled foster care appointments (frequency varies based on the reason the animal is in foster care). Additionally, our staff is available to answer any questions you have while fostering.
Depending on your foster pet’s needs, foster periods can last anywhere from two weeks to several months.

StIll have questioNs?

Contact our Pet Resource Center Supervisor
for more information!

MasS st. MuTtS

Give a Dog a Day-catioN.

This fun program brings shelter dogs and the community together! For a small participation fee, you’ll be matched with a dog from the Lawrence Humane Society for a day of fun and excitement. Together you can go for hike, stroll downtown, or just cuddle on your couch!


The Mass Street Mutts program is temporarily on hold. Please check back and take part in this fun program when our community is past the COVID-19 threat.   

Image created by Alicia Godwin


How it Works:

All participants MUST BE 18 years or older. Just pick your preferred participation date and time of pup pick up, fill out the application, and pay the participation fee using the platform below! You’ll then receive a link to view the online orientation and take a short quiz! Once your quiz answers have been reviewed, we’ll confirm your adventure!

Before you arrive on your selected date, shelter staff will work diligently to pair you with an amazing dog that matches your application answers. For example, if you indicated you’re comfortable spending time with a high-energy dog and plan to go hiking, we’ll pair you with a dog that has stamina!

On the day of your adventure, simply show up at the shelter during your designated time slot. Our staff will hook you up with a Pup Pack, which includes everything you need for your paw-some day! There is a $20 fee to participate.


You Can Save the Life of a Pet.

The Lawrence Humane Society is grateful for the generosity and support of our community, including those who organize fundraisers to benefit our shelter pets.

To ensure that your fundraising event is enjoyable, successful, and coordinated with current LHS events, and to make the best use of our limited staff resources, we ask that you review our Third Party Event Policies and complete a Third Party Event Application by clicking the link below.

Due to the number of requests we receive,
LHS may not always be able to:

Additionally, LHS cannot:


Change the Lives of Pets While Having Fun

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

March Cuteness

Do you have the cutest pet  in Lawrence? Here’s your chance to prove it!

The Lawrence Humane Society is launching our first ever March Cuteness tournament to raise funds for the thousands of animals who come through our doors each year. 

It’s easy to participate! Submit your favorite photo of your pet, then get your family and friends to vote for your pet’s picture. There’s only a $5 registration fee. 

2020 Paw Valley Festival & 5k

Join the Lawrence Humane Society for the 6th Annual Paw Valley Festival & 5K – a day of butt-sniffing, tail-wagging fun celebrating pets and the people who love them!

Grab your pooch and kick off the morning with the Paw Valley 5K! Race, run, jog or walk our timed course through Downtown and East Lawrence with (or without) your pup. Registration required to participate in the race.

And stay for our FREE festival of fun for all two and four-legged family members!