At the Lexington Humane Society, we are proud to be able to save so many animal lives in such a financially responsible manner.  Our operations and programs are not only innovative, forward thinking, and continually achieving greater results, but they also adhere to the highest industry standards for accountability and transparency.

Your support makes a genuine difference. We can transform lives—together. Want to see your donation at work? Click here to see your impact.

At a Glance:


  • On average, 300 homeless animals are in our care every single day
  • 4,285 animals cared for in FY20-21, over 900 of which were rescued from crisis situations in smaller communities
  • We have no “time limits” for animals in our care and will spend an unlimited amount of time working to find loving homes for happy, healthy animals
  • We have an exceptional save rate of 97% for animals in our care
    • To see how our save rate is calculated, click here


  • We are the largest adoption agency in Central Kentucky
  • Around 4,000 animals are adopted every year
  • 3,857 animals adopted in FY20-21; 4,182 in FY19-20
    • Last year we adopted 1,556 dogs and puppies, 2,119 cats and kittens, and 182 “other” pets (bunnies, Guinea Pigs, pot belly pigs, and more!)
  • We encourage, promote, and support “adoption as the best option” when searching for a new pet—approximately half of our adopters are first-time adopters!


  • Thousands of owned pets and community cats are spayed/neutered through our Spay’sTheWay program every year
  • 2,838 free and low-cost surgeries provided in FY20-21; 3,605 in FY19-20
  • A third of Spay’sTheWay clients have utilized the program more than once, and over 50% of clients are referred by friends or family


  • An average, thousands of individuals are educated through our camps, school outreach, and shelter tours every year
  • Our outreach programs were suspended in FY20-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; 2,064 educated in FY19-20

Our Valued Supporters

  • 90,000 supporters visit our main Adoptions Center every year
  • On average, over 2,000 individuals attend our ticketed events annually and countless others visit our booths and information tables at community events
  • We host over 100,000 followers on our social media sites and celebrate an average of 781 visitors to the LHS webpage daily
  • Voted "Lexington’s Favorite Charity" and "Best Place to Adopt" through the Herald-Leader’s Reader’s Choice Poll
  • Our customers and donors are vital to our mission and we are committed to keeping personal information private and protected, click here to review our privacy policy

Annual Reporting:

Form 990

Audited Financial Report


We are proud to receive a 4-star rating for 8 consecutive years from Charity Navigator - Something only 5% of charities evaluated by them have received. Click here to view our Charity Navigator Certificate!

Voted "Lexington’s Favorite Charity" and "Best Place to Adopt" through the Herald-Leader’s Reader’s Choice Poll

We are proud to receive GuideStar’s Platinum Level rating.