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.

At a Glance:


  • On average, over 300 homeless animals are in our care every single day
  • 5,089 animals cared for in FY16-17, 1,265 of which were rescued from crisis situations in smaller communities

  • We have an exceptional save rate of 98% for animals in our care


  • We are the largest adoption agency in Central Kentucky

  • 5,000 animals are adopted every year

  • 4,879 animals adopted in FY16-17; 5,058 in FY15-16

  • We encourage, promote, and support “adoption as the best option” when searching for a new pet—currently half of our adopters are first-time adopters!


  • 3,700 owned animals are spayed/neutered through our Spay’sTheWay program every year

  • 3,684 free and low-cost surgeries provided in FY16-17; 3,832 in FY15-16

  • A third of Spay’sTheWay clients have utilized the program more than once, and over 50% of clients are referred by friends or family


  • Nearly 2,000 individuals are educated through our camps, school outreach, and shelter tours every year

  • 1,931 educated in FY16-17; 2,014 in FY15-16

Our Valued Supporters

  • 90,000 supporters visit our main Adoptions Center every year

  • Over 2,000 individuals attend our ticketed events annually and countless others visit our booths and information tables at community events

  • We host over 69,000 followers on our social media sites and celebrate over 800 visitors to the LHS webpage daily

  • Voted “Lexington’s Favorite Charity” 7 years in a row 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 6 consecutive years from Charity Navigator

Voted Lexington’s favorite charity in the Herald-Leader’s Reader’s Choice Poll 7 years in a row.

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