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, 350 homeless animals are in our care every single day
  • 5,409 animals cared for in FY18-19, 1,322 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
  • On average, close to 5,000 animals are adopted every year
  • 4,949 animals adopted in FY18-19; 4,522 in FY17-18
    • Last year we adopted 2,737 dogs and puppies, 2,048 cats and kittens, and 164 “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!


  • 3,700 owned animals are spayed/neutered through our Spay’sTheWay program every year
  • 3,740 free and low-cost surgeries provided in FY18-19; 3,558 in FY17-18
  • 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 3,000 individuals are educated through our camps, school outreach, and shelter tours every year
  • 3,144 educated in FY18-19; 2,676 in FY17-18

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 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.