Due to a busy summer season while being short-staffed,  we are implementing new, temporary protocols at Lexington Humane Society. The Check Me Out Program will be temporarily suspended until Fall 2021. Please check back in mid-October for updated information.

At your Lexington Humane Society, we strive to make our animals as happy and comfortable as possible while they wait to find their forever homes. We are excited to announce a new program that is designed to benefit both the animals and members of our community! With our Check Me Out program, you get the opportunity to spend the day with an adoptable dog at no cost to you. Just stop by our main Adoption Center to view the dogs available for check-out, then enjoy a few hours with a 4-legged pal!


What does LHS provide?

A backpack full of goodies to take with you! This includes:

  • A tumbler of water
  • Portable water bowl
  • Bandana for the dog to wear
  • Two leashes and a collar
  • Treats
  • Treat pouch

What animals are available for check-out?

For safety purposes, all dogs available for the Check Me Out program have been predetermined by our Adoptions staff. All dogs must be at least 6-months of age or older to participate. 

What are the Check Me Out hours?

You can check out a dog beginning at 12:30pm Monday-Friday. All dogs available are at our main Adoption Center located at 1600 Old Frankfort Pike. All dogs MUST be returned to our main Adoption Center by 5:00pm on the same day.

What do I need?

A valid photo ID and working cell phone.

Can I bring my pet from home?

For safety purposes, please leave your personal animals at home.

Where can I take the dog that I checked out?

Though one goal of this program is to socialize dogs awaiting adoption, safety is the key priority! Please refrain from taking your dog to overly crowded places or anywhere with lots of animals, such as a dog park. 

Some suggestions include:

  • An area with spacious trails, such as Coldstream Park or The Arboretum
  • Dog-friendly stores (avoiding peak hours)
  • Car rides
  • The Kentucky Horse Park

Click here for our list of Dog Walking Dos and Don’ts.