See photos of adoptable dogs from the Lexington Humane Society
October is dog adoption monthand the Lexington Humane Society is celebrating the occasion by offering a $25 adoption fee for most dogs, compared to the typical bill of $59 to $299.
Adoption fees may vary depending on age, race, treatment provided by the shelter, and other factors. The price of adoption includes spay/neuter procedures, microchipping with registration, up-to-date vaccinations, free veterinary wellness exam and more.
Those interested in adopting a dog can visit the Lexington Humane Society to view available animals, then partner with an adoption specialist to learn more and possibly facilitate adoption.
The Lexington Humane Society’s main adoption center is located at 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, and the everyday adoption center is inside PetSmart at 1945 Pavilion Way.
LHS facilitates about 150 to 200 canine adoptions each month, according to Meghan Hawkins, director of community engagement at LHS, and staff typically see higher adoption rates during promotional periods with lower adoption fees.
In addition to being known as Adopt-A-Dog Month, October is also designated as National Pit Bull Awareness Month. Many adoptable dogs at LHS are mixed with this breed.
“I would say over 50% of our adoptable dogs are Pit Bull mixes. Unfortunately, they continue to have a bad reputation and tend to end up in shelters as strays or their owners surrender,” Hawkins wrote in an email to the Herald-Leader.
Pit bulls are a popular breed digitally right now, Hawkins added, so that’s another reason they’re commonly found in shelters. Although some people may consider them aggressive, Hawkins encouraged those who are interested to consider adopting a pit bull.
“Pit bulls can make great pets! They are affectionate and playful, but can also be couch potatoes and can sleep with the best of them. You get the best of both worlds. We encourage people to add one (or two) to their family and reverse the stigma around them,” Hawkins said.
Bigger, older dogs tend to wait longer at adoption shelters, Hawkins said. Dogs who are to be the sole pet of a family also generally spend more time at LHS.
Human society will welcome Beastie Ball: Wild Wild Westie 6-10 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Hilton in downtown Lexington. Hawkins said the event will include puppies, games, prizes, raffles, live music, food and more.
“Events like these allow us to raise funds and continue to care for thousands of animals each year,” Hawkins said.
What dogs are currently up for adoption in Lexington?
Here are five dogs available for adoption by LHS starting October 7:
Bass is a four-year-old male pit bull located at LHS’ main adoption center. He does well with children over the age of five, the LHS website says.
Seaweed is a one-year-old female pit bull mix that does well with children of all ages, the LHS website states. She can be housed in an apartment and an encounter is necessary with any other dogs you may have.
You can find seaweed at the main adoption center.
Lemongrass is a two-year-old female pit bull mix that can be housed in an apartment. She gets along well with children of all ages, according to the LHS website, and is currently in a temporary foster home.
You can fill out an online form ask to meet with Lemongrass if you are interested in adoption.
Green Bean is a one-year-old male pit bull mix that can be housed in an apartment. He is a medium sized dog and gets along well with children of all ages. Green Bean is located at the main adoption center.
Xena is a three-year-old, medium-sized female pit bull mix. She gets along well with children over 10 and can be accommodated in an apartment. Xena is at LHS’ main adoption center.
Informations about more adoptable dogs is available online.
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