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
  • 6,045 animals cared for in FY15-16, 1,520 of which were rescued from crisis situations in smaller communities

  • We have an exceptional save rate of 97% for animals in our care


  • We are the largest adoption agency in Central Kentucky

  • 5,000 animals are adopted every year

  • 5,058 animals adopted in FY15-16; 4,751 in FY14-15

  • 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!


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

  • 3,832 free and low-cost surgeries provided in FY15-16; 3,432 in FY14-15

  • 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

  • 2,014 educated in FY15-16; 2,812 in FY14-15

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

Annual 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.