Founded in 1889 by J. William Sayre, the Lexington Humane Society (LHS) is a 501(c)3 organization solely dependent on private donations, grants and community support. We receive no operating support from the government or national animal welfare groups, including HSUS or the ASPCA. 

Among other things, LHS is the largest pet adoption agency in Central Kentucky, we educate the community on responsible pet care and the compassionate treatment of all animals, and we spay/neuter the pets of qualifying families at a low cost.

Simply stated, we Give Love, Teach Love, and Adopt Love. Click here for a short video and learn more about LHS!

We host four main fundraising events throughout the year to benefit the animals and they are a great way for you to get involved! Our signature events include Tails & Ales (a beer-tasting event), Mutt Strut (1-mile walk and 5K race), Doggie Paddle (Lexington's largest swimming event just for dogs) and Beastie Ball (black-tie gala). Check out the LHS event calendar to stay up-to-date on all events the benefit the animals!

Our Mission Statement

“To advocate the compassionate treatment of animals; educate the community on responsible, lifelong pet ownership; and promote adoption as the best option when searching for a new pet.”

Our Programs

Learn about our numerous programs.

Our Partnership

LHS* chooses to contract with Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government to provide the city's mandated animal control services through Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control, LLC (LFACC). As a result of this relationship, Fayette County's animal control save rate is estimated to be twice the national average for animal control facilities. For more information on LFACC services, click here.

*No LHS donor funds are used to support LFACC operations.


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.