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The Lawrence Humane Society is an incredibly significant resource to the city and the entire Douglas County, providing assistance to more than 3,800 animals every year! While nurturing the human-animal bond, the nonprofit provides loving care, shelter, and advocacy to homeless, abandoned, and abused animals. Originally founded in 1951 as the Douglas County Humane Society Inc., the organization fuels all of their efforts with compassion for animals and the drive to give back to their community. 

They are dedicated to placing 100% of adoptable animals into loving, responsible homes and providing exceptional care while they reside within the shelter. Since 2008, the organization has given shelter and care to more than 43,000 animals in need, providing them with robust behavioral and medical programs for a healthy life and the best chance of finding a forever family! The Lawrence Humane Society is the animal welfare leader of the region and ensures that every animal that comes through their doors is given exceptional care, operating under the sheltering best practices. 

Currently, they are designing and fundraising for a new facility so that they can better serve the animals of Lawrence with a much more efficient space for existing services and the means to develop new programs and services aimed at improving community education and engagement. The Lawrence Humane Society believes that every single pet deserves a chance at a happy, healthy life and they have set out to change the lives of people and animals in their community by providing leadership and resources on animal welfare, health, and education.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Lawrence

  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn - Dusk

    #1 Mutt Run Off-Leash Dog Area

    Do you love a happy, tired dog? Take your pal to the Mutt Run Off-Leash dog area for lots of space to stretch their legs and romp around with friends! Opened in 2001, this dog park offers both fenced and unfenced areas with doggie water dishes, a drinking fountain, restrooms, and stunning woodland views. The space is enormous, enabling you to find a quieter less-populated spot for inverted pooches or a dog mecca for socializing. There are even trails to explore and streams running through the property for your furry friend to cool off in. Locals and visitors alike cherish this dog park!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month May
    Duration 10a.m.-2p.m.

    #2 Paw Valley Festival and 5K

    The Paw Valley Festival is an amazing annual event honoring our beloved furry friends and supporting the important work of the Lawrence Humane Society. This festival is lots of fun for both the two-legged and four-legged members of your family, featuring a 5K run/walk, local vendors, food and beer booths, contests, music, and dog-friendly activities! You can even enrol your active pup into the Skyhoundz Frisbee Disc Dogs Championships! The event is free to attend for the entire family, but the 5K registration fee is $30-$40, which includes a t-shirt, run timing, and a rewarding bag of goodies! Come out and support an amazing cause with a tail-waggin', butt-sniffin' good time!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn til Dusk

    #3 Riverfront Park

    Outdoor adventures with your canine companion are the perfect way to strengthen your bond and get them some much-needed exercise! The 120-acre park is teeming with native plants and wildlife and has several amenities to enhance your visit, including an off-leash dog area, 10 miles of trails, and picnic areas. Riverfront Park offers several trails right along the beautiful Kansas River, many of which you can take your well-behaved dog without a leash. The designated dog area is not fenced, so keep a close eye on your pal and leash dogs that like to wander.
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  • Admission FREE!

    #4 Haskell Rail Trail

    Formerly known as the Lawrence Rail-Trail, this site is one of 1600 trail systems supported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming old, unused railroad lines nationwide into inviting trails for walking and biking. Come exercise your four-legged friend on this converted old railroad corridor. The path is well-maintained, wide, and paved, making it accessible to all! Clocking in at just under a mile, this trail is a quick excursion to squeeze in some quality outside time with your pet.
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  • Admission $10.00
    Month December
    Duration Variable by year

    #5 Pet Pictures with Santa

    Bring in the holiday season and help all of your dog's wishes come to life with a photo on Santa's lap! Santa Clause is coming to town, more specifically to Lucky Dog Outfitters, and he wants to meet your naughty and nice pooches! Christmas accessories are available for the photo shoot, so deck your festive doggo out. The fee includes a special gift from Santa himself! While your there, browse this local small-business for the best gifts for all the furry creatures on your list! They even have a pet bakery with fresh, all-natural treats!
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