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
  • 4,953 animals cared for in FY17-18, 1,209 of which were rescued from crisis situations in smaller communities

  • We have an exceptional save rate of 97% for animals in our care
    • Save rate = number of animals adopted/transferred/placed divided by total animal outcomes (animals adopted/transferred/placed + animals humanely euthanized = total animal outcomes)


  • We are the largest adoption agency in Central Kentucky

  • On average, close to 5,000 animals are adopted every year

  • 4,522 animals adopted in FY17-18; 4,879 in FY16-17

    • Last year we adopted 2,631 dogs and puppies, 1,719 cats and kittens, and 172 “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!


  • 3,500 owned animals are spayed/neutered through our Spay’sTheWay program every year

  • 3,558 free and low-cost surgeries provided in FY17-18; 3,684 in FY16-17

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

  • 2,676 educated in FY17-18; 1,931 in FY16-17

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 74,000 followers on our social media sites and celebrate over 500 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 7 consecutive years from Charity Navigator. Click here to view our Charity Navigator Certificate!

Voted "Lexington’s Favorite Charity" 8 years in a row through the Herald-Leader’s Reader’s Choice Poll

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