I hear these words all the time—
“I really appreciate what the Lexington Humane Society does and wish I could visit, but it’s just too sad… “I wish I could adopt, but all you have are pit bulls and Labs and I want a small dog…”
“I wish you guys had puppies, I really would love to find a little Shih Tzu…”
“I looked on your website and just wish I had seen what I was looking for…”
And the statements usually end the same— “…so I got my Shih Tzu puppy from a breeder.” Or, “…so I got my calico kitten from a pet store.”
There are many aspects to solving the homeless pet epidemic in our community, and the Lexington Humane Society (LHS) is dedicated to exploring every last angle to achieve our mission. Through our Spay’sTheWay low-cost spay/neuter program, we encourage owners to alter their pets to prevent litters and hormone-related issues. Our Finders-Keepers and educational programs provide resources to encourage responsible, life-long pet ownership. And, by presenting a happy, healthy, diverse group of animals available for adoption thanks to our medical programs, we promote adoption as the best option when selecting a pet.
But, with all of our efforts, there are still too many animals, waiting far too long for homes. Years ago, the school of thought was “there are too many animals and not enough homes,” but in reality there are plenty of homes, just not enough of them selecting adoption over purchasing a pet. Nationally, only 21% of animals entering into homes come from shelters. With 6 million homeless animals yearly entering U.S. shelters, this is unacceptable, and LHS is committed to providing Lexington every opportunity to ADOPT LOVE!
LHS can help make your pet-wish come true. If you have a specific pet in mind, we can help you find just what you’re looking for through our new First Contact service (sponsored by Animal Care Clinic). We do most of the work; all you need to do is a bit of homework to know what kind of pet best suits you, keep an open mind, be a bit patient, and have a willingness to love.
Our adoption centers are not sad places, but if it’s just too hard for you to see homeless animals in cages or you can’t find the time to search for the right pet, you can still adopt without ever walking into our kennel areas.
We receive thousands of small dogs, puppies, kittens, pure-breeds, and even exotic species every year. They just get adopted very quickly. Wouldn’t you like to be the first to know, the first to be contacted?
You no longer need to wish you could adopt. You can, you should and hopefully you will ADOPT LOVE.
See more information on our First Contact service below.
As part of the First Contact service, LHS dedicates a full-time staff member to provide a “concierge”-type service, working one-on-one with individual canine and feline adopters to identify the type of animal that would provide the best fit for their lifestyle. A registry is created for each adopter/program participant, specifying desired breed(s), energylevel, personality, and age. As desired animals are identified and placed up for adoption, program participants are contacted regarding their availability. Through this service, they provide the enhanced level of customer service necessary to put new adopters at ease, making the process more inviting. First Contact is simple and convenient, and it allows people the opportunity to make adoption “the best option” while saving valuable time and leg-work searching for a new adopted best friend.
If you are interested in participating in the First Contact service, visit AdoptLove.net or come to the LHS Adoption Center and speak with a staff member.